There's only one place to start this week and it has to be confirmation that Reading will be one of the two automatically promoted teams after their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. After 15 wins in their last 17 npower Championship games, it's hardly a great surprise but it's still an amazing story that deserves recognition.

After four seasons away from the Premier League, Reading must feel their brave decision to promote Brian McDermott to manager when Brendan Rodgers left the Madejski just over two years ago has been more than vindicated. Plenty of clubs in that situation would have taken the safe option and gone for an experienced, higher profile manager but they were brave and gave Brian a chance and he has repaid them handsomely.

What he has achieved since getting the job is phenomenal. The signings of Jason Roberts and Adam Le Fondre prove he has a knack in the transfer market and even though he was forced to sell Matthew Mills and Shane Long in the summer, he has rebuilt and after a shaky start to the campaign, the momentum has all been with Reading since Christmas.

The arrival of Roberts and Le Fondre have played a huge part but I should also mention the rebirth of Ian Harte at Reading. Ian came to Charlton for a trial three years ago when I was still playing but the club didn't make him an offer. It perhaps looked like his career was over but Brian gave him a lifeline and he has been incredibly influential on and off the pitch for the Royals.

To recover from the disappointment of losing last season's Play-Off final to Swansea at Wembley also shouldn't be underestimated. The hangover was there for all to see in terms of their results earlier in the season but Brian managed to galvanise his players quickly before a blip became a crisis.

There are many important ingredients you need to create a team capable of securing promotion but I think Reading's greatest strength has been the squad's unity. The sight of the players showering Jem Karacan with champagne as he was sitting in a wheelchair after breaking his ankle against Leeds spoke volumes about the team spirit for me and that and their collective talent has taken them a long way this season.

Looking down the table, Doncaster's relegation to npower League 1 was confirmed on Saturday after their 4-3 defeat against Portsmouth at the Keepmoat and judging by recent comments from club chairman John Ryan, the 'experiment' with bringing in high-profile players on short-term loan deals is well and truly over.

Like many, I was never convinced by Doncaster's approach this season. It never filled me with confidence and while I don't doubt the quality of some of the players they brought in, the club's ultimate fate proves football isn't all about quality and flair.

Doncaster midfielder James Coppinger this week made no secret of the fact he felt the transfer policy played a big part in their relegation and I agree with his comments that a team needs spirit, togetherness and passion to survive. Contrast Doncaster with Reading and you get the point.

I would also have to say using 40-odd players in a season, regardless of whether they're expensive loan signings or Academy players, is rarely a recipe for success. Doncaster just couldn't get any continuity in terms of selection.

It was a full programme of games on Tuesday night but there's no arguing about the goal of the day - Mark Hudson's spectacular long-range effort from inside his own half for Cardiff against Derby. I know Mark from our Charlton days together and although I knew he was a good footballing centre-half, I didn't know he had that in his locker. To be honest, I never knew he could even kick it that far.

It must have been a strange evening for Hayden Mullins, the Portsmouth player on loan at Reading. If results had been different, he could have been promoted and relegated on the same night and I'm really not sure if there's ever been a player in that bizarre situation before.

As it was, Hayden was part of the Reading team that did celebrate promotion but Pompey's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Fratton Park meant his parent club are still in with an outside chance of avoiding the drop.

If anyone does know of a player to be promoted and relegated on the same day, please let me know.