MX23RW : Saturday, October 31 15:49:18| >> :120:63498:63498:
Sep 12, 2020 at 3pm UK at Pride Park Stadium
DerbyDerby County
0-2
ReadingReading

Shinnie (37'), Sibley (45+2'), Byrne (47')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Joao (40'), Ejaria (45+1')
Olise (64'), Richards (90+3')

Phillip Cocu unhappy with 'unacceptable' Derby display

Phillip Cocu unhappy with 'unacceptable' Derby display
© Reuters
Phillip Cocu described the result as a 'big disappointment'.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu admitted his team only had themselves to blame after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Reading.

Cocu's side were second best and Reading, under new manager Veljko Paunovic, would have won by a bigger margin with better finishing.

The visitors were strong and purposeful from the first whistle and should have gone ahead in the 19th minute when Lucas Joao forced David Marshall into a good save before John Swift put the rebound over.

But it did not prove costly as the deservedly took the lead in the 40th minute when Joao steered in Michael Olise's near-post corner.

It got even worse for Derby at the end of the first time when Joao held the ball up well before a clever backheel released Ovie Ejaria, who fired across Marshall and inside the far post.

Not even the introduction of Wayne Rooney could change the course of the game and Cocu said: "The result is very disappointing.

"Everyone is very excited to start again and then you lose the first home game, so it's a big disappointment for everybody.

"But credit to Reading, the way they played was different to last season. A lot of rotation, good combination game, they really played some very good football and were hard to break down.

"But we really have to look at ourselves. I think the first 35 minutes is something we can't accept, so it's no surprise at half-time when you are 2-0 down.

"So I was very upset at half-time because, if you don't present yourselves as a team like we can, then we have ourselves to blame."

Reading came close to extending their lead after the brea,k with Marshall denying John Swift and Joao rattling the crossbar.

Paunovic said: "More than anything, I'm very grateful for the effort and performance of the players. I think we had a fantastic spirit, we respected the plan and were consistent and played good football, especially in the first half.

"We had a tough opponent in front of us which we respected and we played against them like warriors and that's the spirit you want to instil from the beginning.

"I would say it is just common sense what we are trying to do and then we really work every day. A lot of coaching and teaching were involved in these couple of weeks, we were pretty intense with that.

"But that's the only way, we believe we don't have time to lose and we had to work very efficiently. I'll say this, we saw mostly everything we've been working on in the last couple of weeks, but we have to polish a lot of things in the coming weeks.

"We also know it's already starting to get very busy and the next couple of months will be very saturated and demanding ,so we have to take advantage of every opportunity to coach."

ID:414095:cQx

Click here for more stories about Phillip Cocu

Click here for more stories about Derby County

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall pictured in September 2020
Read Next:
Saturday's Championship predictions including Bournemouth vs. Blackburn Rovers
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
Six Nations
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Danish Superliga
Finnish Veikkausliiga
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
J1 League
Rugby Championship
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Reading97111761122
2Swansea CitySwansea9531115618
3Norwich CityNorwich9522128417
4Bournemouth9441117416
5Millwall9432106415
6Stoke CityStoke9432109115
7Brentford94231511414
8Middlesbrough835084414
9Bristol City94231210214
10Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9414810-213
11Luton TownLuton941479-213
12Watford833275212
13Preston North EndPreston93241111011
14Birmingham CityBirmingham925266011
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn93151812610
16Barnsley92431010010
17Queens Park RangersQPR9243810-210
18Cardiff CityCardiff924379-210
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham9234810-29
20Derby CountyDerby9225512-78
21Coventry CityCoventry9225918-98
22Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest9144510-57
23Wycombe WanderersWycombe9027316-132
24Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds923459-4-3

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!