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Mar 15, 2014 at 3pm UK at Madejski Stadium
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Result: Reading, Derby County draw a blank

Reading and Derby County share a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium in the Championship.

Reading and Derby County drew 0-0 in a scrappy Championship encounter at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

It was the visitors who came closest in the early stages, with Jamie Ward dragging an effort wide after latching onto a misplaced pass.

Derby's Jamie Ward and Reading's Jordan Obita in action during their Championship match on March 15, 2014© Getty Images

Both sides had their share of the attacking possession in the first period, with Reading almost taking the lead through Royston Drenthe in the 18th minute, the former Everton man narrowly missing the target following a swift counter-attack.

Derby threatened again in the 24th minute as Craig Bryson's fierce strike from outside the box was met with a good save from Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Bryson came close again just before the half-time interval, missing the target when left unmarked after Reading had failed to deal with a corner.

Reading made a lively start to the second period, with a Jobi McAnuff strike kept out by Derby keeper Lee Grant at full stretch, before Garath McCleary's shot was blocked on its way towards goal.

The Royals continued to ask all of the questions, squandering the best chance of the match on 65 minutes when Adam Le Fondre missed an open goal following good work by McCleary.

Patrick Banford looked odds on to break the deadlock for Derby moments later when he went one-on-one with McCarthy, but the Royals keeper pulled off a fine save to keep the score level.

Le Fondre did put the ball in the net before the full-time whistle, but he used his hand and received only a yellow card for his efforts.

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Derby's Jamie Ward and Reading's Jordan Obita in action during their Championship match on March 15, 2014
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