As half expected this afternoon, Reading held West Bromwich Albion to a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.
And it was only a late goal on 86 minutes by Gabriel Sebastian Tamas that gave WBA the point, after the Midlands side had trailed Reading for most of the game. Reading has scored their goal after only 6 minutes, through Gylfi Sigurdsson.
WBA had an opportunity this afternoon to take over top place in the Championship with a win, but the point leaves them on 79 points after 40 games, one point behind Newcastle United, who now have two games in hand.
The draw at Reading breaks a winning streak of 5 successive games by WBA.
In other Championship games this afternoon, Middlesbrough could only draw 1-1 at Watford and Cardiff City beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away to take 4th place with 62 points from 39 games.
A win by Newcastle on Monday night against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest can at St. James’ Park now see the Magpies move 4 points ahead of WBA and 13 points ahead of Forest, with a game in hand and a better goal difference on both the chasing teams.
The top two finishers in the Championship get automatic promotion, and the following four teams go into the playoffs for the 3rd promotion place.
Howay The Lads!!