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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Johnny Russell (71')
  • Chris Martin (90')
  • Liam Moore (9')
  • Sone Aluko (13')
  • Roy Beerens (54')
  • Modou Barrow (75')

Derby County 2-4 Reading

Reading tore up the form book and Derby's hopes of a fifth consecutive win when they claimed a shock 4-2 victory at Pride Park.
The Championship strugglers were always in control after Liam Moore and Sone Aluko scored in the first 13 minutes and Roy Beerens made it three before Johnny Russell pulled one back.
Modou Barrow scored a fourth and although Chris Martin replied in the 90th minute, Reading had done enough.
Derby suffered an early double blow when first skipper Richard Keogh went off in the eighth minute holding the top of his right leg and then Reading went ahead a minute later.
Alex Pearce had just replaced Keogh when a free kick from the left was flicked on by Paul McShane and Moore climbed to head in at the back post.
It was deserved because Reading had dominated possession and they scored again in the 13th minute when John Swift played in Aluko who jinked past two challenges before firing past Scott Carson from 12 yards.
Derby manager Gary Rowett waved his arms in frustration at the room Reading were given in the build-up to the goal and the game was certainly not going to plan for his team.
Reading were moving the ball with purpose and controlling the tempo while Derby's first half performance was summed up by a free kick from just outside the area that went harmlessly wide.
Rowett's words at half-time clearly got through because Derby came out fired up and Craig Forsyth's cross just evaded two white shirts before David Nugent headed just wide.
It was the first real pressure Reading had been under and Tom Lawrence tested Vito Mannone with a swerving 20 yard drive before a dreadful error gifted the visitors a third in the 54th minute.
Curtis Davies played the ball inside from the left but only found Beerens who went round Carson before side-footing into the empty net.
It could have been four in the 60th minute when Reading had two against one on the break with Beerens setting up Barrow but he shot at Carson and the same combination caught Derby again two minutes later with Barrow this time firing wide.
Reading had played a dangerous game at the back with short passes in and around their area and it bit them in the 71st minute when Mannone gave the ball to Bradley Johnson and he set up Russell to score from eight yards.
But the three-goal cushion was restored four minutes later when Reading broke again and this time Barrow made no mistake when David Edwards' cross found him unmarked.
Martin converted Andre Wisdom's cross but it was too little, too late for Derby.
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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 +30 62
2 Derby County 27 +21 52
3 Cardiff City 27 +15 50
4 Aston Villa 27 +15 47
5 Bristol City 27 +8 47
6 Sheffield United 27 +9 43
7 Leeds United 27 +8 43
8 Fulham 27 +6 42
9 Middlesbrough 27 +8 41
10 Preston North End 27 +4 41
11 Brentford 27 +6 40
12 Ipswich Town 27 +1 39
13 Norwich City 27 -4 37
14 Queens Park Rangers 27 -6 33
15 Nottingham Forest 27 -10 32
16 Millwall 27 -1 31
17 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -4 31
18 Reading 27 -5 29
19 Barnsley 27 -10 27
20 Hull City 27 -5 25
21 Bolton Wanderers 27 -20 25
22 Burton Albion 27 -25 24
23 Birmingham City 27 -23 23
24 Sunderland 27 -18 22

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