Luton Town secured a place in the playoffs as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. Harry Cornick scored the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time. Luton Town will take on Huddersfield in the playoff semi-final while Reading finishes the season four points and one place above the relegation zone.
Luton’s Nathan Jones: “It’s relief at the minute. Every time we get promoted, or we do something, it’s relief. It was a little bit more euphoric when we stayed up against Blackburn (in 2020) but I’m just so proud, so proud of the group. I’m really pleased we didn’t rely on anyone else, and lose the game and it is an anti-climax, we had to do it ourselves. To get to 75 points which we predicted, it’s a wonderful Championship season, and success for us realistically is making sure we don’t go out of the league. Well, we might have an opportunity to go out of the league, just at a different end.”
Reading interim manager Paul Ince: “I’m just glad it wasn’t a game we had to get something from. To be fair to [Nyland], he made a wonderful save in the second half and tipped one onto the bar, but it’s just the defining moment of the game. You don’t like to see any goalkeeper, I’ve seen enough back in the day, that these things happen but you just don’t want them to happen to you or to your goalkeeper. It’s something he’ll get over, he’s a big, strong lad, he’ll be devastated, obviously, yes it’s a mistake, as you always look over your shoulder, but I was fine with him and he kept us in the game second half. We were the best team, had some chances, but I’m so, so pleased for Nathan.”
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