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Friday, April 13, 2012

FOOTBALL : Reading beat Southampton 3-1 - Premier League beckons

Reading all but secured promotion to the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over their nearest rivals Southampton in an enthralling encounter at St Mary's.

Jason Roberts's header put Reading ahead with Rickie Lambert's deflected strike levelling before two goals from Adam Le Fondre sealed the win.

The win gives Reading a three-point lead over Southampton at the top of the Championship, and with three games to go, the Royals hold a nine-point advantage over third-placed West Ham, who have four to play.

It would take a monumental slip-up and some very unfortunate results elsewhere for Reading to miss out on automatic promotion now, while Southampton will battle with the Hammers for the second automatic place.

No Movement1Reading432985
No Movement2Southampton433482
No Movement3West Ham422576
No Movement4Birmingham422570
No Movement5Blackpool421567
No Movement6Cardiff42965
No Movement7Brighton42663
No Movement8Middlesbrough42063
No Movement9Leicester421262
No Movement10Hull42161

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