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Championship round-up: Leigertwood winner seals Premier League place

Reading secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Mikele Leigertwood was the Royals' hero with the only goal of the game, following an Ian Harte free-kick, on 80 minutes.

Earlier, substitute Adam Le Fondre went close to giving Reading the lead, but his effort was just wide.

Forest almost snatched a point in stoppage time, but substitute Marcus Tudgay's header was cleared off the line by Alex Pearce and Adam Federici saved Tudgay's follow-up strike.

The win was Reading's sixth in a row and their eighth successive home victory. The Royals have won 15 and drawn one of their last 17 games.

Reading are now eight points clear of West Ham, who drew 1-1 at Bristol City, with just two games remaining.

After their win secured a return to the Premier League, Reading fans spilled on to the pitch to celebrate (pictured).

Southampton won 3-1 at Peterborough to stay within three points of the leaders.

Jos Hooiveld's header gave the Saints a fifth-minute lead and Billy Sharp doubled the advantage five minutes later. Sharp extended the vistors' lead in the 57th minute, with Tommy Rowe netting a consolation for Peterborough in the 86th minute.

James Tomkins' header gave West Ham a 25th-minute lead at Bristol City, but Cole Skuse's long range effort four minutes later was enough to earn the home side a point. The Hammers are now five points adrift of second-placed Southampton with two games remaining.

Forest secured their place in the Championship for next season despite their defeat at Reading, after Coventry's 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall.

Tuesday's Championship results:

Brighton 2-2 Watford

Bristol City 1-1 West Ham

Cardiff 2-0 Derby

Coventry 0-1 Millwall

Hull 3-1 Barnsley

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Leicester 0-0 Burnley

Middlesbrough 0-0 Doncaster

Peterborough 1-3 Southampton

Portsmouth 2-1 Crystal Palace

Blackpool 1-0 Leeds United

Reading 1-0 Nottm Forest

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