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By Tom Garry

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  1. Over Yann Out

    FT: Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Reading v Fulham

    That's all we've got time for, on the night Reading beat Fulham thanks to Yann Kermorgant's second-half penalty, to reach the Championship play-off final.

    The Royals are one step closer to ending their four-year stay in the Championship.

    Do be sure to join us again tomorrow as Sheffield Wednesday host Huddersfield in the second leg of their semi-final, which is finely poised at 0-0.

    Thanks for your company tonight. Reading fans - congratulations. Fulham - commiserations.

    We'll see you tomorrow. Good night!

  2. Royals go marching on

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    Reading fans

    Reading's win tonight maintains their unbeaten home run, which began in January.

    Their groundsman will be glad they don't have any more games at the Madejski this season, though, as the pitch has been rather trampled on, so to speak... It's been some party in Berkshire.

  3. Jokanovic on the summer ahead

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    Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic adds:

    "After a few days I expect I will be happy with our progress.

    "If we want to be promoted next season we have to be better. We have to be candidates to be closer next season.

    "We showed more ambition and we must be clever [this summer] to be ready next season."

  4. Reading reach play-off final

    FT: Reading 1-0 Fulham

    A tense night of football drama in its purist Championship form has been served up tonight.

    There's unbridled joy for Reading as they move to within one win of a Premier League return, while for Fulham there is plenty of heartache.

    You can read my colleague Adam Williams' report from the Madejski Stadium by clicking on the link.

    Reading 1-0 Fulham (agg: 2-1)

    Yann Kermorgant

    Yann Kermorgant's second-half penalty gives Reading victory over Fulham to book a spot in the Championship play-off final.

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  5. Jokanovic's view on the penalty

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    On the decision to give Reading a penalty, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic adds:

    "If he [the referee] must give it in this situation, he must do it in the opposite box when they push Lucas Piazon.

    "In general, I think Mr Atkinson is best to referee in England. He knows better. I cannot complain."

  6. Jokanovic's pride in defeat

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    Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic tells Sky Sports:

    "I'm disappointed. I'm proud with our product and that we tried. We had many chances.

    "We were not clinical. We are not happy. We cannot be satisfied but we made many, many important steps [this season]. We will try next year."

  7. Tough summer ahead for Fulham?

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    Steve Brown

    Former Charlton Athletic defender on BBC Radio London

    Reading v Fulham

    Fulham fans unfortunately might have to face the reality tomorrow that players will move on.

    They recruited very well last summer, they're going to have to in my opinion do the same again this summer, and they're going to lose two or three of their better players.

    If we're brutally honest about football, as a Championship club you're a stepping stone, you're a selling club.

    If you provide anything that's good enough across a Championship season, that player gets plucked out if you're not promoted and taken to a Premier League club. That's life now.

  8. 'Only Kermorgant scored pens in training'

    FT: Reading 1-0 Fulham (agg: 2-1)

    On Man of the Match, keeper Ali Al Habsi, Reading boss Jaap Stam adds to Sky Sports:

    "Today he (Ali Al Habsi) had a terrific game again. But we knew what we needed to do in the two games and we worked very hard."

    And on why Yann Kermorgant took the penalty, Stam adds:

    "We trained on penalties yesterday and Yann [Kermorgant] was the only one who scored. So he took it."

  9. Was anything going to beat Al Habsi?

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    Siobhan Chamberlain

    England Women's goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is a little heartbroken... But can't help but give Reading keeper Ali Al Habsi a tip of the cap.

    Richard Osman

    No celebrity collection of tweets relating to a Fulham game is complete without including Richard Osman.

  10. Reading dug in - Stam

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    Reading boss Jaap Stam tells Sky Sports:

    "It's great to work with a club that's got a lot of potential and with players willing to work really hard to get somewhere.

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

    "Fulham have got a lot of threats. In the first half, we did quite well. In the second half, we started well.

    "Then they're controlling the game and we needed to defend. We needed to dig in."

  11. Joy and despair via #bbcefl

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    Fulham fans

    Julian Human: There's no way the Reading team of recent years could have done this. We've grown. Well done Urrzzz

    Robert Green: Relegated to another season of Championship football by a particularly controversial penalty and 'interesting' refereeing decisions  

    The highs and lows of the EFL play-offs summed up in the space of two tweets...

  12. Fulham start again on zero in 17-18

    FT: Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham players

    Spare a thought for Fulham. They were so close, but yet so far.

    They were the joint-top scorers in the Championship this season with 85 goals. They lost just five times in the league since November.

    They've entertained everyone since Christmas with some terrific football, but tonight they just couldn't beat Ali Al Habsi.

  13. 'It's a dream come true'

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    Reading keeper Ali Al Habsi tells Sky Sports:

    "It's a dream come true. We've been fantastic all season.

    "In the first leg, we knew the most important thing was to get the draw because, at home, we know we can do it.

    "The fans have been waiting for this moment."

  14. Stam a 'miracle worker'

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    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    Jaap Stam

    Jaap Stam, the miracle worker, has turned Reading from also-rans to play-off finalists!

    Incredible scenes, an amazing 90 minutes of drama and tension. What a night for Reading!

  15. Reading reach the play-off final

    FT: Reading 1-0 Fulham

    The Madejski pitch now is a sea of blue and white shirt, scarves, and flags. They're singing "we're going to Wemberlee".

    Yann Kermorgant's penalty won the tie, but Ali Al Habsi's saves made the key difference. Fulham could most certainly have won tonight. It was a fantastic game.

  16. Reading reach the play-off final

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    Reading fans stream onto the pitch. Man of the Match Ali Habsi is delirious - he is dancing for joy.

    Fulham look desolate. They sink to the floor. They gave it everything.

  17. BreakingFULL-TIME

    Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Reading v Fulham

    Reading hold on! They go to Wembley!

  18. Post update

    Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham concede possession again for another Reading goal kick and that is surely that.

  19. CLOSE!

    Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Chris Martin heads wide from a fine Stefan Johansen cross. Was that Fulham's last chance?

  20. Post update

    Reading 1-0 Fulham

    And Reading's Garath McCleary heads it behind for another Fulham corner...