Moment of madness from Sa costs Reading
A moment of madness on the stroke of half time costs Reading as they lose at home to Derby.
Orlando Sa was sent off just before half time for an off the ball altercation with Jason Shackell. The Reading striker was deemed to have headbutted the Derby man by the officials.
It was a real shame as Reading were on top throughout the first half, zipping the ball around beautifully and restricting Derby to little attacks.
The Royals started the game in similar fashion to Friday's thumping win over Ipswich. They won a corner down the right in the early moments of the game. From the resulting set play, the ball fell kindly to the on rushing Tshibola who saw his shot blocked.
Derby then created a chance of their own on the break as a similar moment occured with Butterfield firing wide for the visitors.
Reading continued to control procedures, but neither keeper were really called to make a really difficult save despite good efforts from Norwood and Blackman.
However, the biggest moment of the game can on the stroke of half time. Just as we thought we were going in at 0-0 with every chance of picking up a positive result, Reading's forward, Orlando Sa saw red. This resulted in Orlando going from hero to zero in just four days after his hat trick on Frdiay. It was a pivotal moment in this contest and meant a whole new team talk for the gaffer.
Reading came out for the second half with their backs to the wall from the word go and Derby dominated possession despite not creating many chances.
The home side then started to get back into the game with Blackman pulling off some lovely turns and flicks.
However, Derby made the extra man count in the 69th minute when Tom Ince poked home from 12 yards out. This lead to a harsh bit of criticism for keeper Jonathon Bond when there was not much he could do.
The game petered out somewhat and Reading just couldn't get that equaliser.
Jonathan Bond 6
Chris Gunter 7
Paul McShane 7
Michael Hector 6
Jordan Obita 8
Nick Blackman 7
Aaron Tshibola 6
Oliver Norwood 8
Stephen Quinn 5
Orlando Sa 4
Matej Vydra 5
Garath Mccleary 6
Danny Williams 5
Hal Robson Kanu 6