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Reading FC Safe From Relegation

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Party on, Steve!

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Reading will be playing Championship football again next season after Millwall lost at Ewood Park to Blackburn Rovers this evening. That result leaves the Lions on 40 points with two games to play, meaning they can't catch the Royals who have already collected 47 this campaign. They are still within touching distance of Brighton & Hove Albion (46 points but a far better goal difference) and Rotherham (44 points and a slightly better goal difference).

Steve Clarke has hinted in the past few weeks that contract talks with players with expiring deals would begin as soon as Championship safety was assured, then mentioned last week that those talks were likely to begin in the wake of the FA Cup Semi Final against Arsenal. Still, there are likely to be big changes in the summer, and probably some that the fans won't expect or agree with.

It's been a largely disappointing campaign with one huge highlight - the aforementioned FA Cup run. Reading may have underperformed in the League but they certainly showed fight, hunger and passion during their extra-time defeat to the holders of the trophy, giving them a far more difficult game than anyone expected. With two home games this week, and on the back of two encouraging (but goalless) displays at the Madejski Stadium, Steve Clarke, his players and Royals supporters will be looking to end this season on a high.