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Derby 1-0 Reading: Wayne Rooney’s men bounce back on positives after Craig Forsyth’s first league goal in FIVE YEARS secures precious win

  • Craig Forsyth scores first goal in five years as Rams beat Reading 1-0
  • Derby remains at the bottom of the championship with one point after 10 games
  • Derby was hit with a 12 point deduction after entering the administration
  • Reading itself can get nine points deducted for financial misery











Three points to enjoy, however long they last. Small benefits to enjoy while even dark days hang on the horizon.

Wins like this – sealed by Craig Forsyth’s first goal in five years – could prove in vain for Derby. But last night at least Wayne Rooney’s side pulled its way out of the red. Their dashing number of one leaves them five points adrift.

Financial woes have already cost Derby 12 and further deductions are looming. They couldn’t push Rooney’s side any lower on the table, only closer to the hatch.

Craig Forsyth’s first league goal in five years gave Derby a much-needed victory

The defender's looping header earned the Rams third league win of the season

The defender’s looping header earned the Rams third league win of the season

“Of course it will be more difficult if we (lose) more points,” said the manager.

“But if it stays the way it is, I think we’ll survive. When that happens, these guys have worked miracles.”

Reading can also require heroism, given a possible nine-point penalty amid their own money problems. This won’t help their cause.

The win brings Derby back to positives, but they remain lows

The win brings Derby back to positives, but they remain lows

Wayne Rooney has a big job keeping Derby afloat after being hit with a 12 point deduction

Wayne Rooney has a big job keeping Derby afloat after being hit with a 12 point deduction

The former Manchester United attacker slammed into Derby owner Mel Morris this week

The former Manchester United attacker slammed into Derby owner Mel Morris this week

MATCHING FACTS

Derby County (4-2-3-1): Allsop; Byrne, Stearman, Davies, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Knight (Buchanan 81), Morrison, Lawrence; Baldok (Stretton 46)

Trainer: Wayne Rooney

Subscribers: Marshall, Jozwiak, Sibley, Watson, Williams

goals: Forsyth 33

Booked: Byrne, Stearman, Shinnie, Lawrence

Read (4-2-3-1): Zuidwoud; Tetek (Dann 76), Yiadom, Laurent, Rahman; Drinking Water, Dele-Bashiru; Halilovic (Clarke 63), Swift, Ejaria; Pucas (Hoilett 56)

Trainer: Veljko Paunovic

Subscribers: Cabral, Ehibhatiomhan, Stickland, Bristow

goals: NO

Booked: NO

“It is out of our control,” said manager Veljko Paunovic. “We have to win points – no matter what.”

Unfortunately, the spoils of this jerk off derby went Derby’s way. As ads go, it was pretty grim.

The health of English football, even slightly below the tip of the iceberg, has rarely looked so bleak.

The shared suffering of these parties at least provided some solidarity.

It only took a few minutes for both supporter groups to come together and make clear their mutual feelings for the EFL.

Something had broken out for them that should have been a mid-table clash.

While Derby could hardly have looked worse than their scoring, they were impressive nonetheless – and a good value for their lead.

While Reading had openings – Ryan Allsop denied both Baba Rahman and Tom Dele-Bashiru – Derby seemed all the more likely even before Forsyth’s looping header found the net.

The goal sparked more gallows humor – or rebelliousness: these Rams apparently hold their own.

Frankly, Derby’s players don’t seem resigned to their fate either.

They played with vibrancy and ingenuity and their lead could have been two if Tom Lawrence or substitute Jack Stretton had taken promising chances.

And then they stood firm, to go to the black.

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