Reading close in on Premier League return
Monday 16 April 2012
Reading can clinch promotion to the Premier League tomorrow if Brian McDermott's side defeat Nottingham Forest and West Ham fail to win at Bristol City, or if the Championship leaders draw and the Hammers lose.
At the foot of the Championship, the Doncaster manager, Dean Saunders, was furious with referee Mick Russell after his side's 4-3 loss to Portsmouth condemned them to relegation.
Greg Halford struck two penalties in the second half for Portsmouth, the circumstances of the first proving pivotal as Habib Beye was dismissed on the hour for a foul on Dave Kitson who fell theatrically. Kitson and Marko Futacs both found the net in the final minute to give crisis-hit Portsmouth victory and a glimmer of hope in their bid for survival. But Saunders blamed Russell for all four goals and even questioned whether he should ever take charge of a game again.
"That's Billy Smart's Circus out there, all four goals," fumed Saunders. "The first goal is an absolute joke. Habib Beye trips Kitson up four yards outside the box. It's not even close.
"I just can't see him [Russell] recovering from it. Let's let his boss and the assessor make that decision as to whether he referees ever again."
In League One, Chris Powell wasovercome with emotion as he hailed a "fantastic day" which saw Charlton Athletic promoted following a 1-0 win at Carlisle, Bradley Wright-Phillips' 22nd goal of the season sealing promotion after third-placed Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Colchester.
"It's a fantastic day for my players, my supporters and the football club," said the Charlton manager after Saturday's win. "It is a small step forward in our history."
Powell even felt family circumstances contributed to Charlton's success. "It's my mum's birthday as well," he said, "so it seems it was meant to be."
Meanwhile, in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon praised his players profusely after the club reached the Football League for the first time since they were formed 104 years ago as Conference title rivals Wrexham could only draw 2-2 with Grimsby Town.
Mellon enthused: "Any manager that's ever been successful will tell you that you have to have good players and I'm certainly blessed."
Chairman Andy Pilley believed the team's feat will enhance the town'swell being. "I'm not only delighted for the club but the town because it will create jobs," Pilley said. "It was always my vision when I arrived to see this club in the Football League and now we've done it."
Movers up and down
Doncaster Rovers relegated.
Charlton Athletic promoted.
Blue Square Premier
Fleetwood Town promoted. Woking promoted to Blue Square Premier.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Transfer deadline day: The best memes and tweets, featuring Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Bart Simpson
Arsenal transfer news: Ray Parlour urges Arsene Wenger to make late move for Edinson Cavani
WWE Raw preview: Will John Cena continue to defy the threat of Brock Lesnar?
Danny Welbeck to Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pictured in Rome as club close in on Manchester United striker for £17m
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain