Danny Guthrie of Reading sits on the ground dejected after his team and QPR were relegated during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium

'We weren't laughing at going down' insists Harry Redknapp as QPR are relegated

Joey Barton was quick to criticise the players, including Jose Bosingwa

The Sport Matrix: Monday 29 April 2013

Wenger: Van Persie retains friends at the Emirates

Monday night dogfight against Sunderland is vital for Paul Lambert

Aston Villa’s manager, Paul Lambert, has warned Sunderland they are not safe yet as he looks to drag the resurgent Wearsiders back into the relegation dogfight in Monday night’s meeting at Villa Park.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins

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Harry Redknapp admits that he goes home after defeats and speaks to no one

Harry Redknapp already planning for life in the Championship with QPR

The Hoops take on Reading this weekend with one side certain to be relegated this weekend

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Two goals in two minutes early in the second half were just enough to give Norwich City their second Premier League win of 2013 and ease their growing fears of joining their all-but doomed visitors Reading in relegation.

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Jamie Carragher (R) of Liverpool competes with Noel Hunt of Reading

Reading 0 Liverpool 0 match report: 'World class' Alex McCarthy keeps Liverpool at bay

Reading, after seven straight league losses, were always going to need something special to hold off Liverpool yesterday and they found it in goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Making his first league start for six months, McCarthy delivered one of the performances of the season, making at least ten saves – half of them excellent – to repel Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and the rest.

Everton 2 QPR 0 match report: Clueless Rangers head for the exit

Not a great deal had happened. Then Darron Gibson's considerably deflected shot trickled over the line and all faith was visibly lost. Jose Bosingwa lay slumped on the edge of the 18-yard area trying to look bothered, the head of captain Clint Hill dipped, nestling in his chest. An hour of play remained. Yet that did not seem to matter. Queens Park Rangers were emotionally battered, beaten and almost certainly, down.

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