DERBY County are through to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup after a 2-0 victory over Reading.Derby County Vs Reading highlights.
And the third round tie at the iPro Stadium was settled when Alex Pearce put through his own net nine minutes from time.
Substitute Chris Martin had a hand in both goals
Rams boss Steve McClaren made six changes to his team, with Reading manager Nigel Adkins making seven.
Derby made a positive start, with Jordon Ibe looking lively on his first start.
Will Hughes, making his 100th appearance for the club, fired wide from 20 yards in the sixth minute.
Next, Craig Forsyth glanced a header across the face of goal from Russell’s corner.
Craig Bryson then flashed a first-time effort wide after combining with Hughes.
It took the Rams 27 minutes to call Mikkel Andersen into action, the keeper pushing Leon Best’s deflected 25-yarder away to safety.
Moments later, Best headed over from Bryson’s corner.
Reading’s best chance came in the 36th minute.
An error from Cyrus Christie allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak to send Jamie Mackie clear but he was denied by debutant keeper Kelle Roos, who saved well low to his left.
At the other end, Hughes shot straight at Andersen and Ryan Shotton headed narrowly wide from a Russell corner.
On the stroke of half-time, Roos had to be alert again to tip Ryan Edwards’ dipping long-ranger over the bar.
Derby almost went ahead six minutes into the second half.
Ibe made space for himself just outside the area and his fierce shot was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Andersen.
From the corner, Shotton’s header was cleared off the line by Aaron Kuhl, son of former Derby player Martin Kuhl.
It was not all Derby, though, and Hal Robson-Kanu saw his snap-shot kept out by Roos in the 55th minute.
Martin replaced Hughes in the 64th minute – and set up the opening goal three minutes later.
His pass sent Russell on the charge and the Scot beat his man before sending a low left-foot shot wide of Andersen from the edge of the box.
The Rams got a second goal with 81 minutes on the clock.
Simon Dawkins played in Martin on the left and his cross from the bye-line hit Pearce six yards out and went into his own net.
That was game over as Derby comfortably saw out the remaining minutes.
DERBY COUNTY: Roos, Christie, Keogh, Shotton, Forsyth, Mascarell, Hughes (Martin, 64), Bryson (Eustace, 83), Ibe, Russell, Best (Dawkins, 76). Other subs: Grant (gk), L Naylor, Whitbread, Calero.
READING: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Hector (Cooper, 87), Obita, Edwards, Kuhl, Guthrie (Taylor, 72), Mackie, Robson-Kanu (Cox, 76), Pogrebnyak. Other subs: Lincoln (gk), Long, Stacey, Blackman.
REFEREE: S Hooper (Wiltshire).
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