Survival in Reading's own hands

Last updated : 01 May 2008 By Angus Muller

And in order to do so they must keep Birmingham and Fulham at bay starting with the home game with Spurs on Saturday.

Ironically Fulham and Birmingham play each other at Craven Cottage.

The bottom of the table looks like this:

14Wigan Athletic 3685521151512113491017324937-17
15Middlesbrough 365571722379163081216335236-19
16Bolton Wanderers 366572118241212358919335333-20
17Reading 368281924141318419621376533-28
18Birmingham City 3658526222313163771118425932-17
19Fulham 364592031279152961218356030-25
20[R] Derby County 361512123903157431827198211-63

"We don't have to catch anyone else; all we have to do is stay above those two teams (Birmingham and Fulham) and that is going to be done by getting more points than them. It's as simple as that," Steve Coppell said.

"Last week it was three games, now it is down to two games. We are probably going to need a win and a draw or two wins. "All we can do is play as good as we can, stick together and try to get a win this weekend against Tottenham. It is not down to what anybody else does it is only down to what we do."

Reading are away at Derby on the final day of the season.