Win for Reading in the promotion playoffs

Reading’s Irish captain Paul Mc Shane reacts after being sent-off for a tackle on Fulham’s Kevin Mc Donald last Saturday

Reading manager Jaap Stam has revealed his pride at his Reading side making it to Wembley, and the playoff final - a Yann Kermorgant penalty saw the Royals overcome Slavisa Jokanovic's in-form Fulham side.

As it was, a penalty did decide the outcome when, in the 49th minute, Kalas inexplicably handled the ball as he attempted to run it out of the penalty area and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.

Then a minute later, Kermorgant was again the central figure when he close attention hurried Tomas Kalas, forcing the defender to make contact with the ball with his hand.

With the score locked at 1-1 from the first leg, Kermorgant, 35, settled matters with a nerveless second-half penalty to delight the fans at a packed Madejski Stadium and secure a 2-1 aggregate win.

Either Jaap Stam's side, Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town will join Newcastle United and Brighton in the Premier League.

But that counted for nothing as Kermorgant gave his side the advantage after the play-off semi-final second leg had been left in the balance following a 1-1 draw in the first game. Reading make it to their first play-off final since 2010-11, but they have been beaten in all five of their previous play-off campaigns.

With all the players you try to make it hard, try to train on penalty kicks but you never get close to the ambience in the stadium, the crowd to get the exact same moments from the stadium when you take it in the training ground. But we are really disappointed not to be in the final after this kind of decision.

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They should have been two up when Chris Gunter overlapped and fizzed in a low cross but John Swift hit it straight at the Fulham keeper. "We were very confident he would score".

"In the end, we did not take this target where we start to believe we could be promoted, and it's clear we need to improve our team, our squad, to be still more competitive in the season in front of us".

It's great to play over at Wembley.

"Ali has been great throughout the whole season", Stam added.

"We created many chances but we were not clinical enough".

"To get this result today - against a very good team by the way - I'm very happy with that".

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