The Rams travel south to face a Reading side in immense form at home, having picked up 15 points from a possible 18 at the Madejski. But Derby are have been a different team since the 1-4 home reverse against Scunthorpe and are proving difficult to beat on the road. The 2-0 win against Watford halted a mini-slide so Nigel Clough’s side will be full of confidence for the trip.
Rams striker Chris Porter is brimming with confidence after netting two goals in his last two games since returning from injury: ‘There are a huge amount of games to play, so we’ve got off to the best possible start,’ he said.
‘Now we need to build on the victory and carry on doing what we’ve been doing.
‘Reading will be tough on Wednesday, they’ve had a good run of results lately but we’ve been playing well for some time now so hopefully we can rack up another win.’
Chelsea loanee Ryan Bertrand sees the Derby fixture as a key one in his sides bid to avoid relegation: “It’s an important game and it’s also important we win against the teams that are in and around us, it’s a massive game again.
“Playing at home, we’ve showed really good form of late, even though we lost against Villa it was still a decent performance that we put in for the first 45 minutes in particular.”
Reading Team News:
Blackburn defender Zurab Khizanishvili, who is on loan at The Madejski is abailable after being cup-tied for the Aston Villa game. Jobi McAnuff is unavailable through suspension.
Player to watch: Jimmy Kebe
Winger Kebe scored five times in seven games in February and won the club’s player of the month award.
Derby County Team News:
Robbie Savage and Shaun Barker are expected to shake off knocks to face The Royals. Jay McEveley is available for selection after serving a two match ban.
Player to watch: Chris Porter
With two in two and an excellent scoring record, Porter will doubtless cause the Reading defence problems with his superb finishing.
Match Facts & Stats
Last 5: Derby County
Watford (h) 2-0
West Brom (a) 1-3
Swansea City (h) 0-1
Preston North End (h) 5-3
Birmingham City (h) 1-2
Last 5: Reading
Aston Villa (h) 2-4
Sheffield Wednesday (h) 5-0
West Brom (a) 3-2 (aet)
Blackpool (a) 0-2
Crystal Palace (a) 3-1
Doncaster Rovers vs. Derby County, Saturday 13 March 2010 15:00, The Coca-Cola Football League Championship