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  • "To be honest, I shall be surprised if you do not win this one. Reading are a decent, strong and well organised side, but they are certainly not invincible! We were all over them for most of the game and they had to defend with their lives! The difference was that we were not clynical enough in front of goal and therefore their defence, although stretched, did not concede. This is where Lambert and Sharp will make the difference for you, assuming that you play the usual attacking and passing game and get the ball to those guys. Our goal shy forward line is the story of our season and is the reason why we are chasing a play off place rather than comfortably in the top 6! You do not have the same problem and that is why you will beat Reading and win the league! Great season for both of us but yours a tad more so...........!!"
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Reading draw level with Saints at Championship summit

Reading manager Brian McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott

First published in Saints News

Reading have drawn level on points with Saints at the top of the Championship table after beating Brighton 1-0 at the Amex Stadium.

Ian Harte’s deflected free kick on 14 minutes proved to be the difference between the sides, though the Seagulls might have got something had Ashley Barnes converted a second half penalty rather than have it saved by Adam Federici.

The three points doesn’t have too much impact on the automatic promotion situation with Saints and Reading both now on 82 points, six ahead of third placed West Ham.

However, it does up the stakes ahead of Friday night’s St Mary’s clash between the top two, who are separated only by Saints’ superior goal difference.

West Ham will no doubt be hoping that Friday’s game ends in a win for one side or the other and that they can then put on a little pressure by beating Brighton themselves at the weekend to cut the gap on one of the sides to three points with what will be three games left.

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