Derby held to a draw
Reading grabbed an important point from Derby on Tuesday after putting in a fantastic performance against title chasers.
McDermott made just the one change bringing in Piazon for Quinn.
Blackman made his first start in the league for Derby, against his former club in Reading.
The game took a while to get going, but when it did, it was as enjoyable as I've seen this season.
Derby took the lead after just ten minutes when Shackell stabbed home from a corner with no one around him.
After this is fancied Derby to kick on and run out comfortable winners, but how wrong I was. Reading then dominated the ball and the home side couldn't get into their rhythm.
Reading then had a huge penalty appeal turned down when Vydra was bundled over in the box.
The visitors then continued to press and play some wonderfully intricate stuff around the Derby midfield.
The interchangable front four of Kanu, Mccleary, Vydra and Piazon the put a lovely move together before Kanu put in a pin point delivery for Williams to brilliantly head Reading level.
A very well deserved equaliser taking Reading into half time at 1-1.
The away side continued to dominate in every department and were backed by the 300 following Royals excellently.
Mccleary had a shot well saved by Grant in the opening stages of the first half.
Pushing for a winner, Robson-Kanu then drilled one heading for the bottom corner, only for Grant to again keep Reading at bay.
With Derby struggling to string two passes together, Reading were the only team likely to win this game, but the match petered out to a 1-1 draw.
It was a fantastic performance from Reading and the Royals contingent let them know that by giving them a rapturous applause at the end.
Despite it being a good point, it's again frustrating that I've walked out of a ground feeling 'how did we not win that'.