Reading have won the npower Championship following Middlesbrough's 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday evening.

The Royals had earlier been held to a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace; Glenn Murray's equaliser for the Eagles 14 minutes from time meant Reading had to wait a few hours before their title was confirmed after Southampton had suffered defeat at the Riverside.

Reading were promoted to the Premier League on Tuesday after their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Mikele Leightwood scored the only goal of the game with nine minutes remaining to get the party started at the Madejski. When news filtered through from Ashton Gate that West Ham United had been held to 1-1 draw with Bristol City, their promotion was confirmed.

The victory over Forest was their 15th success from their last 17 games and that form has seen them climb from fourth position to now head the table.

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