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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 17,905) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

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Royals down ten-man Forest

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 4:45pm

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Reading strengthened their play-off place with a 1-0 win over ten-man Nottingham Forest.

Gary Megson's strugglers battled hard at The Madejski Stadium, but their hopes of grabbing a vital victory vanished as goalkeeper Paul Gerrard disappeared down the tunnel after being sent off.

Gerrard was booked in the first half for dissent and collected his second yellow card 20 minutes from the end when he handled Andy Melville's back pass outside the box.

Substitute keeper Colin Doyle was beaten just two minutes after coming onto the pitch as James Harper fired home from seven yards.

Forest were devastated by the double blow and, although they never gave up, the ten men could not muster enough to get beyond The Royals' defence.

Steve Coppell's men stay in sixth place, but now join Derby on 70 points and increase the gap on seventh-placed West Ham to four points.

Forest are now running out of games to try and secure an unlikely survival in The Championship, and look doomed to life in League One next term.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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