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21:54 17th April 2012

Report: Royals are going up!!!

Reading 1 (Leigertwood 80)
Forest 0

Reading secured Premier League status after an incredible night at Madejski Stadium.

Mikele Leigertwood will forever go down in Reading folklore as the man who scored the goal to send us back into the Premier League.

It was a tight, nervy affair, and when West Ham's game at Bristol City ended 1-1, having kicked off earlier, then Reading had the final 15 minutes in which to find a goal. And so they did.

The scenes at full time were quite incredible as our fans invaded the pitch - and the celebrations will last for a long, long time.

After the disappointment of losing the play-off final last season, this achievement cannot be underestimated. Brian McDermott and his players will forever be heroes.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Cummings, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Leigertwood, Mullins, Kebe, McAnuff (c); Hunt (Le Fondre 58), Roberts
Subs: McCarthy, Gunnarsson, Afobe, Church
Booked: Kebe (foul 74)

Forest (4-4-1) : Camp; Wootton (Reid 85), Elokobi, Chambers (c), Lynch; Guediora, McGugan (Greening 85), Gunter, Anderson; Majewski (Tudgay 85), Blackstock
Subs: Smith, Cunningham
Booked: Lynch (timewasting 62), Gunter (foul 76)

Starting XI team news:
Reading made one change, Mikele Leigertwood back from injury to replace Jay Tabb, who himself was still troubled by a hip problem.

First half:
A wonderful atmosphere greeted both teams, with Royals fans making a fantastic noise prior to kick off, aided by thousands of free clap banners produced by the club and handed out by STAR volunteers.

The first few minutes did not quite match the atmosphere, and it took until the 20th minute for the game to spark into life. Jason Roberts had the ball in the net - but Noel Hunt was rightly punished for a foul on Lee Camp.

Then Adam Federici had to make a good low save from a long-range Forest strike, and as Dexter Blackstock tried to snaffle the rebound the flag went up.

Blackstock looked offside ten minutes later as he turned to shoot at goal from 15 yards, but Federici saved tidily.

On 38 minutes the game sprung into life with a good spell of Reading pressure, highlighted by a cracking Hayden Mullins strike that Lee Camp saved well.

Second half:
Hunt had a decent chance on 50 minutes, but turned a header wide from Jimmy Kebe's nice right wing cross.

It continued to be scrappier than Reading would like, and just when the Royals thought they could get a bit of momemtum it often seemed to slip away - as typified when a brilliant cross was well defended by George Elokobi, but somehow a goal kick was given.

Elokobi then hit a super volley that flew not too far over the bar, then Brian McDermott brought on Adam Le Fondre in search of a goal.

He soon had a real chance after being put through by a sensational Mikele Leigertwood pass, and he got there just before Camp in the Forest goal but prodded agonisingly wide one-on-one.

Reading were raising the pressure, and Shaun Cummings had a rare shot but it was well wide.

Forest were by no means out of it though, and Elokobi clipped the bar with a thumping effort before Lewis McGugan tried his luck from range. The visitors were having a decent spell.

But - once again - Reading responded and Leigertwood turned home from a free kick to make it 1-0, just moments after West Ham's draw at Bristol City had been confirmed.

And it was nearly 2-0 moments later as Camp denied Le Fondre's superb strike.

Then, incredibly, Alex Pearce cleared off the line in injury time. It was simply immense defending.

And the scenes at full time will never be forgotten.

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