Reading kept alive their hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League when two headers from Shane Long gave them a 2-0 win at Norwich City in the English Championship on Monday. The result pushed Norwich, who were relegated from the Premier League four years ago, closer to the third tier of English soccer for the first time since 1960. With Wolverhampton Wanderers promoted as champions, Reading can leapfrog Birmingham City and Sheffield United into the second automatic promotion spot if they beat Birmingham at home next Sunday and Sheffield United fail to win at Crystal Palace. Reading took the lead after 67 minutes when Long headed home a cross from Jimmy Kebe and they doubled it 10 minutes later when the same two combined for the second goal. Norwich can only avoid the drop now on goal difference if they win at already-relegated Charlton Athletic on Sunday and Barnsley lose at Plymouth Argyle. That would give Norwich 49 points, the same as Barnsley, but Norwich have a better goal difference.
27 April 2009
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