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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 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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