Lovell (18th Min), Nogan (59th Min)
Although Barnsley managed to beat Sheffield Utd 2-1 at home with Wolves only drawing and Bolton getting stuffed again Reading go second in the table - now its only a small mathematical possibility that says Reading can't make the play offs. We're there now, and we're going up!! Keep May 29th free because we are going to Wembley!
Bristol City's goal came in the dying minutes as a consolation to a team who were completely outclassed. Reading dominated the game with their flowing passing and didn't give City a chance to get involved.
Royals first goal came from a free kick. Osbourn floated the ball across to Lovell who was waiting in the middle to head the ball in to give Reading the lead after 19 minutes. Reading's second came again from an Osbourn free kick this time Lee Nogan connected with the pass to send the ball in the net off the legs of the Bristol keeper. There could have been more in the second half as Reading continued to push forward with some great positive play. Reading are creating so many chances and at last have developed a successful front two: Lovell and Nogan, who not only work well together but can get the goals that were lacking so deperately at the start of the season. Everything is beginning to come together at Reading, the lads are playing great, confidence is high and theres no one in the division we can't beat.
Jimmy Quinn said after the game: "We had to play well today and we did just that. And we need to do it again at home to Charlton to decide our destiny. We are the form side in the division, and I see nothing to stop us getting a place in the play-offs." He's right too. We're second in the table with just one game left and now our play off place is virtually guaranteed. We are going up!
I like the passage I read in the Sunday Express:
With a purpose-built stadium to replace the crumbling 100-year-old Elm Park to be announced next week, and a possible place in the Premier league in prospect, Reading's future looks bright.
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