Cotterill: We deserved more
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill felt his side deserved much more from their performance at Reading.
A Mikele Leigertwood goal 10 minutes from time earned the Royals promotion back to the Premier League four years after they were relegated from the top flight.
There was also some joy for Forest who, despite their 1-0 defeat, are guaranteed survival in the Championship thanks to results elsewhere.
But Cotterill was not consoled by that and said: "I don't think we deserved to lose. From 70 minutes onwards I thought we looked the better team and were going to win the game.
"It's a measure of how far we have come as a team in recent weeks is that we were on the road to League One and now after playing the top team in the league the lads are sitting in the dressing room disappointed that we didn't win the game.
"But congratulations to Brian McDermott and the Reading boys on their promotion. They deserve it. He has the right sort of boys at this club so congratulations to him and to all of them on gaining a thoroughly deserved promotion."