Coppell thankful for last chance to stay up

It was in his trademark dour tone (two octaves lower than Leonard Cohen) that Steve Coppell last night issued his rallying call in Reading's fight for Premier League survival. "Just be grateful that after the season we've had we still have this opportunity to stay up," he declared.

Reading 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Reading lack heart for the fight as the drop looms

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Reading suspend Sonko and Fae

Reading have suspended their midfielder Emerse Fae and centre-back Ibrahima Sonko for two weeks following a breach of club discipline.

Wigan Athletic 0 Reading 0: Tension rising for Coppell as Reading are left on edge

Goal-starved they may still be but Reading have at least added a point to their desperate battle for Premier League survival. Although less suited by this draw than their hosts, they remain a point out of the bottom three and still have a last-afternoon visit to Derby as a possible get-out-of-jail card. They could have as easily won a tension-strewn contest as lost it and, in having to settle for only their sixth League draw of the season, keep their destiny in their own hands.

Newcastle United 3 Reading 0: Keegan kick-start trick has Newcastle dreaming of star signings

Before leaving a most satisfied stadium, Kevin Keegan's last words on Saturday focused on turning such satisfaction into anticipation. Asked about names that are floating around his head for recruitment in the summer, Keegan replied: "I've got an idea who I'd like to bring here, but I might be dreaming."

Reading 2 Birmingham City 1: Bikey rides to the rescue as Reading banish Blues

Cameroon defender leaves McLeish's men teetering above the drop-zone

Liverpool 2 Reading 1: Refreshed Benitez has spring in his step

It is difficult to criticise a manager when he has taken a club to two European Cup finals in three years, but that has never curbed Liverpool supporters driven to distraction by Rafael Benitez's constant changes. Now comes the test.

Liverpool 2 Reading 1: Torres brings Reading back down to earth

They used to call Robbie Fowler god on the Kop so where that puts Fernando Torres in the celestial hierarchy is open to debate. Certainly, the current El Niño seems insufficient for a striker who is scoring virtually every time he plays.

Everton 1 Reading 0: Jagielka finds his place to conquer curse of versatility

For a footballer, versatility can be as much a curse as an asset, particularly if no one can decide what you are really good at. Ask Phil Jagielka. In 287 games for Sheffield United, he performed with distinction in every function, including goalkeeper. Neil Warnock, his manager then, said he was "the sort of player you want to have in three positions at once", but could never quite identify the one he should make his own.

Ferguson fumes at League's leak of global plans

The Premier League's plan to play 10 games abroad may have incensed football fans but for Sir Alex Ferguson it was the timing of the announcement that caused the Manchester United manager to lose his temper. He was so angry about the proposal being leaked that he even hinted yesterday that he "will not be here" by the time the plan is projected to come to fruition in 2011.

Moyes drops Yakubu after late return from Ghana

Everton have dropped Nigeria's Yakubu for today's home match against Reading after his late return from the African Nations Cup. Yakubu was expected back at Goodison on Wednesday following Nigeria's quarter-final elimination by tournament hosts Ghana but did not turn up until yesterday, Everton said in a statement.

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History holds against Keegan making happy return

For every Harry Redknapp, there is a Howard Kendall. For every Graham Taylor there is a, well, Graham Taylor. The adage goes that managers who return to their former clubs never repeat their success and the adage is, with a few startling exceptions, usually proved correct. Still it does not stop clubs trying.

Reading 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Keane pounces to set up Spurs' Old Trafford trip

With Forecast on the bench – young Tommy of that surname being the 21-year-old Tottenham reserve goalkeeper – and given Reading's apparent, though protested, public indifference to this competition, it was predictable enough that Spurs should win and earn a fourth-round FA Cup tie away to Manchester United. It was all the more predictable because, with Juande Ramos as their head coach, they have a man who has not lost a cup tie for two years.

Aston Villa 3 Reading 1: Carew epitomises O'Neill's giant strides

Everyone had been saying Aston Villa looked like a top-six team, but now they can boast a League position to match the moniker. They swaggered into the European berth courtesy of a third successive Premier League victory that was as irresistible as they were irrepressible. In fact, on a sharper day they would have bagged half a dozen.

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