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Newsbites - 15th May 2011

Newsbites - 15th May 2011

Second leg of the play-off semi finals versus Cardiff City coming up on Tuesday...

Mills: Biggest game of my career (Reading OS) - Captain Matt Mills is hoping the Royals' recent away experiences at West Brom, Everton and Liverpool will serve them well in Cardiff.

Brian: We'll play our normal game (Reading OS) - McDermott won't be intimidated by the occasion on Tuesday, he tells the OS.

Reading-Cardiff too close to call - Adie Williams (BBC Sport) - Royals legend Adie gives his opinions on the upcoming match, and his views on Swansea, a possible opponent in the final.

After the first legs of the semi-finals, Nottingham Forest Mad have a round-up of the odds for promotion for the contenders now - Reading are 10/3 with Cardiff 5/2 to gain promotion. Swansea's draw at Forest sees their odds fall to 15/8, with Forest now out at 9/2.

A tactical look at our first leg 1-1 draw can be found at theseventytwo.com.

And obligatory transfer rumours time! Shane Long is off to Liverpool according to Football Fancast , whilst perhaps more likely (and more interesting for Royals fans) is this subtle hint from Herald Scotland, who report that Adam Rooney, out of contract with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of the season, was watched by Reading and Derby scouts on Saturday.