Derby County once again showcased their fighting spirit as they overcame a two-goal deficit in one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Junior Hoilett put the home side ahead in the 37th minute before doubling their lead in the 56th minute. The visitors never gave up hope and grabbed a goal back through Colin Kazim-Richards in the 86th minute before Curtis Davies scored the equalizer in stoppage time.
Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “It wasn’t a nice game. We didn’t play our best football given the situation and circumstances with Covid and basically having most of the players without a full week of training. It’s comprehensible that in the last minutes we conceded, not that I’m happy with that. We could have not done better. I have to praise the team for their hard work, but it is very frustrating when you drop points like today. We must say that, until we conceded the first goal, I think we had the game under control.”
Derby assistant Liam Rosenior: “I spoke to Wayne straight after the game and he said he couldn’t be prouder of that performance or prouder of this group. The character, determination, and spirit coupled with, I thought, some outstanding football at times. I thought we dominated the game from start to finish and I thought the game summed up where we are at. The second goal was not a free-kick and we should defend it better, but this group of players – no matter how many times they are knocked down – play with a spirit, determination, and desire that, as a coach here, and Wayne as a manager, couldn’t be prouder of.”
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