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Sunday 17 December 2017

McClaren sees team as heroic

Derby were lauded as "absolutely heroic" by manager Steve McClaren despite slipping out of the FA Cup to a late goal from former Premiership star striker Ayegbeni Yakubu - a player he once signed.

The Sky Bet Championship promotion seekers had full-back Stephen Warnock sent off for a second yellow card in the 39th minute but still gave Reading a real run for their money.

Hal Robson-Kanu put the visitors ahead just after half-time but Darren Bent equalised soon after and it needed an 82nd-minute strike from Yakubu to settle the match in Reading's favour.

McClaren said: "The way we continued to set about a good Reading side in such a positive way made me very proud. My word, we had a terrific crack at it."

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