Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Reading

Two late goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak took Reading into the top six and left Doncaster in relegation danger.

The hosts deservedly led through James Coppinger's first-half shot as they looked to end a five-game winless run.

But a penalty from Adam Le Fondre after he had been tripped by Paul Quinn sparked a Reading fightback.

Pogrebnyak headed home and in stoppage time struck on the break to mean Doncaster might need a last-day win at Leicester to stay up.

Rovers defied their recent form to make a positive start and went in front when former Reading loanee Billy Sharp picked out Coppinger to steer the ball home.

Coppinger then crossed for Sharp to force Reading keeper Alex McCarthy into a near-post save.

Reading did not muster a single first-half effort on target but improved after the break as they looked to keep their promotion hopes alive.

And they equalised when Le Fondre converted his 15th goal of the season from the spot.

Le Fondre then wasted a chance to put Reading in front but with time running out Pogrebnyak struck.

The Russian striker nodded home his 12th goal of the season from a far-post Jake Taylor cross and then made the points safe as Doncaster pressed for a late leveller.

Alex Pearce's pass released Pogrebnyak to finish from close range, meaning a win in their final game of the season at home to promoted Burnley will guarantee Nigel Adkins' men a play-off place.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We weren't at our best in the first half but we had words during the interval and the response from the players was fantastic.

"There's a hunger and a passion about this side and it's in our own hands whether we are in the play-offs or not.

"We've got Burnley at home in the last match and that won't be easy but I'm expecting a full house and we will be going all out to win the game.

"We knew we had to win to keep our season alive and the players have gone out and done that."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

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Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov

"We were all gutted in the dressing room afterwards but we will get it out of our systems before we go again in the final match at Leicester.

"Now it's all down to the last match against my old club, who won't be doing us any favours. But I'm still confident we can avoid going down.

"There was drama at this club on the last game last season when we went up by winning at Brentford and there can be drama again at Leicester.

"Whatever happens, we'll go there and give it all we've got because we want to stay in this division - and we can't rely on other results going our way."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4530963999
2Burnley45261453592
3Derby45259113284
4QPR452211121577
5Reading451913131470
6Wigan442010141370
7Brighton451815121469
8Blackburn45171612767
9Bournemouth45181215266
10Ipswich45171414565
11Nottm Forest45161712465
12Middlesbrough45151614961
13Watford441515141560
14Bolton45141615-158
15Leeds4516821-856
16Sheff Wed45131418-153
17Huddersfield45131121-1050
18Blackpool45111321-2546
19Charlton44111221-2545
20Millwall45101520-2945
21Doncaster45111123-3044
22Birmingham44111023-1543
23Barnsley4591224-3239
24Yeovil4581324-2837
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