Derby 1-0 Reading: Wayne Rooney’s men move back on positive points 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 remain bottom of the Championship with one point after 10 games
- Derby were hit with a 12-point deduction after entering administration
- Reading could face nine-point deduction themselves for financial woes
Three points to enjoy, for however long they last. Small mercies to savour, while even darker days linger over the horizon.
Victories like this – sealed by Craig Forsyth’s first goal in five years – could well prove in vain for Derby. Last night, though, Wayne Rooney’s side at least hauled themselves out of the red. Their heady tally of one leaves them five points adrift.
Financial woe has already cost Derby 12 and further deductions lurk. They couldn’t push Rooney’s side lower down the table, only closer to the trap door.
Craig Forsyth’s first league goal in five years gave Derby a much-needed win
The defender’s looping header clinched the Rams’ third league win of the season
‘Obviously if we (lose) more points it makes it more difficult,’ the manager said.
‘But if it stays how it is, I believe we will stay up. If that happens, these lads will have performed miracles.’
Reading might yet require heroics too, given a possible nine-point penalty looms amid their own money troubles. This won’t help their cause.
The win moves Derby back onto positive points but they remain rock bottom
Wayne Rooney has a big job to keep Derby up after they were hit with a 12-point deduction
The former Manchester United striker hit out at Derby owner Mel Morris this week
Derby County (4-2-3-1): Allsop; Byrne, Stearman, Davies, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Knight (Buchanan 81), Morrison, Lawrence; Baldock (Stretton 46)
Coach: Wayne Rooney
Subs: Marshall, Jozwiak, Sibley, Watson, Williams
Goals: Forsyth 33
Booked: Byrne, Stearman, Shinnie, Lawrence
Reading (4-2-3-1): Southwood; Tetek (Dann 76), Yiadom, Laurent, Rahman; Drinkwater, Dele-Bashiru; Halilovic (Clarke 63), Swift, Ejaria; Puscas (Hoilett 56)
Coach: Veljko Paunović
Subs: Cabral, Ehibhatiomhan, Stickland, Bristow
‘It’s out of our control,’ manager Veljko Paunovic said. ‘We need to win points – no matter what.’
Alas, the spoils of this deduction derby went Derby’s way. As adverts go, it was pretty grim.
The health of English football, even slightly below the iceberg’s tip, has rarely looked more bleak.
At least these sides’ shared suffering allowed for some solidarity.
It took only a few minutes for both sets of supporters to come together and make plain their mutual feelings towards the EFL.
Before them, what should have been a mid-table clash had broken out.
Derby could hardly look worse than their points tally, admittedly, but they were impressive nevertheless – and good value for their lead.
Though Reading had openings – Ryan Allsop denied both Baba Rahman and Tom Dele-Bashiru – Derby looked the more likely even before Forsyth’s looping header found the net.
The goal sparked more gallows humour – or defiance: these Rams are staying up, apparently.
In fairness, Derby’s players don’t look like resigned to their fate, either.
They played with vibrancy and invention and their lead could have been two had Tom Lawrence or substitute Jack Stretton taken promising chances.
And then they stood firm, to move into the black.