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Reading 1-1 Derby County

Chris Powell
Chris Powell has been in charge at Derby County since Nigel Pearson was suspended by the club on Tuesday

Derby County missed the chance to secure a second win since Chris Powell took temporary charge as Reading grabbed a late equaliser.

Matej Vydra blasted Derby ahead as Cyrus Christie's free-kick hit the Reading wall and fell into his path.

Vydra had a header well saved by Ali Al-Habsi soon after in a game of few clear-cut chances.

George Evans hammered home from six yards in the final minute after Roy Beerens' corner was not cleared.

Former Charlton boss Powell, who served as Nigel Pearson's number two at Derby, has taken over after the manager was suspended pending a club investigation into his behaviour.

He saw his side almost go behind in first-half stoppage time as Yann Kermogant's powerful header was well saved by Scott Carson.

But Vydra scored for the first time since moving to Derby for a club-record fee at the end of August, flicking home after Christie's poor free-kick.

Had Vydra converted his header 12 minutes later, Powell would have been celebrating a perfect record in charge of Derby, having won at Cardiff on Tuesday.

But Evans capitalised after the away defence made a mess of clearing Beerens' corner.

The Rams, who have won only once in their past 10 games, are two points above the relegation zone, while Reading are eighth.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"I was happy with a point at the end. We knew that we would have to be patient and we were patient.

"After going 1-0 down, it was very difficult to get back into the game because we knew Derby would be dropping back even more and waiting for the counter-attack to score a second goal.

"We had to be aware of that and eventually we scored the equaliser, which I think we deserved. I was happy with that.

"We've shown before that we can come back. We're making good progress, I'm sure of that. It's not easy to build a team in three months."

Derby caretaker manager Chris Powell:

"It's been a good week for us in light of what has gone on.

"Yes, it's been a turbulent week. But I will give the players all the credit in the world for how they've responded.

"We've got around the players, we've cajoled them, we've kept their spirits up. Their morale has been first class."

On the future of the managerial situation at the club: "I've had no indications from the chairman about my future.

"My future was take the game on Tuesday and then prepare for today. And that was it.

"Now we have an international break. I'm sure the club will decide what way to go in the next week or two."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMendesat 81'minutes
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6Evans
  • 12McClearyBooked at 60minsSubstituted forHarriottat 63'minutes
  • 8Swift
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 9Mendes
  • 15Harriott
  • 17Wieser
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 29OlssonSubstituted forBairdat 77'minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forRussellat 82'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 44mins
  • 18ButterfieldBooked at 90mins
  • 10InceBooked at 90mins
  • 23VydraSubstituted forBlackmanat 85'minutes
  • 8Anya

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 11Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 14Wilson
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
17,002

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

  5. Booking

    Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

  8. Booking

    Tom Ince (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Derby County 1. George Evans (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Harriott following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces Matej Vydra.

  15. Post update

    John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Williams (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Will Hughes.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Chris Gunter.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield11812148625
2Norwich117222115623
3Newcastle1171322101222
4Brighton11632147721
5Bristol City116231912720
6Birmingham11551149520
7Brentford11533189918
8Reading115331215-318
9Sheff Wed115241314-117
10Barnsley115152116516
11Leeds115151213-116
12Wolves114341514115
13QPR114341417-315
14Fulham113531013-314
15Burton113441616013
16Ipswich1134489-113
17Preston114161214-213
18Nottm Forest113351922-312
19Aston Villa111731012-210
20Derby11245610-410
21Wigan112361214-29
22Blackburn112271220-88
23Cardiff11227819-118
24Rotherham111371125-146
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