DON­CASTER’S DOWN­FALL WILL BE A SHAME

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

NO­BODY does last-day drama like Donny. Last sea­son, it was a late smash and grab at Brent­ford that sealed the League One ti­tle and pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

Now they must go to Le­ices­ter and per­form more hero­ics to pre- serve their place in the sec­ond tier. If Birm­ing­ham win their game in hand, even that may not be enough.

That would be a shame, be­cause Donny do play some lovely stuff. For 45 min­utes they were im­mac­u­late and a gen­uine joy to watch.

But what Read­ing have is Pre­mier League play­ers with Pre­mier League power and that al­ways tends to show in the end, as it did in the ruth­less fin­ish­ing of Po­greb­nyak and Le Fon­dre.

Will it be enough for a place in the play-offs? Prob­a­bly not if they re­peat their in­sipid first half. If they do make it, it’s hard to see Read­ing out­play­ing the likes of Derby, QPR or Wi­gan.

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