Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WELCOME BACK: READING GETS PROMOTION TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE AFTER 4 YEARS ABSENCE

Championship side Reading have secured promotion back to the English Premier league after a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Madjeski Stadium.

Their win over Forest and West Ham's draw at Bristol City sees the Berkshire club return to the top flight after a four-year absence; relegation in 2008 suffered on the back of two seasons in the Premier League.

The Royals have won 15 of their last 17 league games since losing to Hull City in January to storm from eighth in the table to the very top.

Brian McDermott's side can secure the league title with four points from their remaining two fixtures, while second placed Southampton need two points from two games to secure their own return to the top flight.

Reading were beaten finalists in the play-offs last season as Swansea City gained promotion to the top flight and McDermott, who has been with the club for 11 years in total, took over from current Swans boss Brendan Rodgers as manager in 2009.

Key to the Royals' success has been 11 goals in 29 appearances from former Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre and six in 15 appearances, scored by winter signing, Jason Roberts.

COURTESY: GOAL.COM AND DAILYMAIL
Edited by COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA

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