HEAD coach Steve McClaren was left scratching his head after Derby County failed to score for a fourth game.
The Rams had chances, but so did Reading in Saturday’s goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.
“We had the opportunity to score the first goal which was going to be all-important,” said McClaren.
“I’m scratching my head a little bit just how we didn’t score.
“We had the chances to win the game and I guess it is a measure of how well we played that we are slightly disappointed we didn’t get all three points.
“To go to Reading, a good team and play-off rivals, and to control the game as we did and to perform as we did is pleasing.
“The performance was great from the players. We were just missing the goal that would have got the points.
“At the minute the goals aren’t quite coming for us. They will come, though.
“If we were not playing well and weren’t creating chances, then I would be concerned.
“I enjoy watching the team play. They defend very well, they play football, they are quick on the break.
“On another day we would have got all three points.”
There were good chances for the Rams’ trio of Craig Forsyth, Simon Dawkins and substitute Patrick Bamford.
For Reading, Adam Le Fondre, Hope Akpan and Royston Drenthe all wasted clear-cut opportunities.
Nigel Adkins praised his team despite failing to win at home for a fourth consecutive game.
“Great credit to our players,” said Adkins. “Royston had a great chance first half and we were strong in the second half towards the end of the game.
“You would normally fancy Adam Le Fondre to score in that situation. Nick Blackman went close and there was a diving header from Hope Akpan at the back post.
“To put a performance in like that was really good, and against a good side in Derby, who are above us in the division.
“Derby play really good football. I think we nullified them to a large extend and they looked to nullify us.
“It was a good cat-and-mouse game from that point of view.”