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Reading 3-3 Derby County

Tom Lawrence in action for Derby County against Reading
Tom Lawrence's strike was his third goal for Derby since joining from Leicester

Reading twice came from behind as they earned a draw against Derby and avoided losing a fifth league game in a row for the first time in their history.

Under-pressure Royals boss Jaap Stam saw his side trail to Kasey Palmer's close-range strike, but the hosts went in front through Liam Kelly's 25-yard hit and Mo Barrow's one-on-one finish.

Richard Keogh's shot and Tom Lawrence's solo effort put the Rams ahead again.

But Jon Dadi Bodvarsson levelled before Chris Baird's late red card for Derby.

Baird's 85th-minute red card, for a lunging challenge on Barrow, provided the spark for a frantic spell of home pressure that Derby just managed to withstand.

But their failure to hold on to a lead they twice held meant they dropped a place to fourth in the Championship table following Aston Villa's victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Prospects of an away win had looked good when Palmer smashed in the opener for the Rams.

However, Kelly's long-range shot made it 1-1 and some sloppy play allowed Barrow to run through for Reading's second.

More dubious defending saw Keogh control the ball on his thigh and level at 2-2, and the Rams had the perfect platform for victory thanks to Lawrence's low strike inside a minute of the restart.

Former Manchester United defender Stam had called for unity from the fans in the build-up to the game and an improved home performance started to lift spirits as the game opened up even more.

Rams keeper Scott Carson made a breathtaking save from another sumptuous hit by Kelly, while at the other end Cameron Jerome twice went close, including a header which clipped the bar.

But Iceland striker Bodvarsson earned Reading a point, following up to net after Carson had made another stunning stop in the build-up.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We gave away cheap goals and that's not the first time we're saying that.

"We wanted to keep the score at 2-1 and then maybe go forward and go for a third goal.

"You knew that Derby had to score and you know that maybe opens them up. But then they score a goal from a set-piece.

"We kept on pushing to get back into the game again and we got a deserved equaliser. So that's a good point."

Derby manager Gary Rowett:

"It was a good game for the neutral bystander, a good spectacle. But for a manager, you don't want the game to be full of so many swings.

"We started well, but a few things frustrated me today, especially our decision-making defensively. That's cost us a chance to win the game.

"I had a real go at the players at half-time. It's the first time I'd done that probably all season, but we responded well."

"The referee saw the [Baird] tackle as two-footed and reckless from behind. I won't appeal, because it won't look to be obviously not a red card."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6MooreBooked at 83mins
  • 50RichardsBooked at 49mins
  • 19Bacuna
  • 38KellySubstituted forMcClearyat 81'minutes
  • 14Aluko
  • 22ClementSubstituted forSwiftat 70'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forEdwardsat 90+4'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 4van den Berg
  • 10Swift
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Edwards
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 55Smith

Derby

  • 1CarsonBooked at 86mins
  • 12BairdBooked at 85mins
  • 6KeoghBooked at 83mins
  • 33Davies
  • 29OlssonBooked at 20mins
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
  • 19WeimannBooked at 83mins
  • 7PalmerBooked at 50minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 78'minutes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forWisdomat 88'minutes
  • 32JeromeSubstituted forNugentat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anya
  • 14Wisdom
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 28Nugent
  • 34Thorne
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
17,647

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Derby County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Derby County 3.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. David Edwards replaces Modou Barrow.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andre Wisdom replaces Tom Lawrence.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Booking

Scott Carson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Chris Baird (Derby County) is shown the red card.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Booking

Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Liam Kelly.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Derby County 3. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Bradley Johnson replaces Kasey Palmer.

Offside, Derby County. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Marcus Olsson is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt missed. Omar Richards (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Pelle Clement.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34227559283173
2Cardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa34189753322163
4Derby341612653312260
5Fulham341611757372059
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Middlesbrough341571246341252
8Sheff Utd33164134639752
9Preston34121574033751
10Brentford341311105041950
11Leeds34147134743449
12Millwall341212104035548
13Ipswich34146144543248
14Norwich341211113437-347
15Nottm Forest34124184153-1240
16QPR34109153851-1339
17Sheff Wed34813133744-737
18Reading33810153845-734
19Bolton34810162951-2234
20Hull33711154450-632
21Barnsley33710163347-1431
22Birmingham3486202251-2930
23Burton3478192660-3429
24Sunderland34512173761-2427
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