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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 21,196) 28th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Swarbrick

Reading Reading vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

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Royals fall to Forest

McGugan boosts Forest's survival bid

Last Updated: 28/02/09 5:29pm

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McGugan: Forest match-winner

McGugan: Forest match-winner

Reading drew another blank as Nottingham Forest recorded a priceless 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.

Lewis McGugan's second-half strike proved to be enough to give Forest their first win in four games and boost their survival hopes.

Reading were once again made to pay for some wasteful finishing as they failed to find the net for a fourth consecutive game to ensure they missed out on the chance to climb into second spot.

Despite their goal drought in recent weeks Reading were not short of confidence in the opening exchanges.

Jimmy Kebe volleyed wide from 12 yards less than two minutes in and Brynjar Gunnarsson headed over the crossbar from close range.

Paul Anderson had Forest's first sight of goal but flashed a right-foot shot wide of Adam Federici's right-hand post.

Reading continued to ask questions of the Forest defence and Stephen Hunt's corner was volleyed over the bar by leading scorer Doyle after 15 minutes.

Blow

Forest then suffered a major blow on the half-hour mark when striker Nathan Tyson's afternoon ended prematurely due to injury.

Stephen Hunt then tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area but failed to test Paul Smith in the Forest goal.

The visitors' leading scorer Robert Earnshaw had an opportunity to give Forest the lead against the run of play seven minutes before the break, but fired over the bar.

Steve Coppell's side continued to dominate after the break but McGugan almost caught them out when the ball sat up for him 12 yards from goal only for the midfielder to volley over the bar.

And Forest came close once again after 57 minutes when Federici tipped Chris Cohen's measured strike around the post.

Winner

But Reading did not heed the warning signs and were behind three minutes later.

McGugan drove into the box and foxed Michael Duberry before drilling a clinical left-foot finish into the bottom-right corner of Federici's net.

Reading were dominating possession but struggled to break down a determined Forest defence as the visitors held out for three precious points in their bid to avoid an immediate return to League One.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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