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Sorrow for Reading FC after defeat at Wembley

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Reading FC's hopes of playing in the top flight were dashed yesterday after their defeat at Wembley.

The Royals have missed out on promotion to the Premier League, which is worth £170 million.

More than 30,000 fans travelled to the match full of hope but after a goalless 120 minutes Reading lost 4-3 on penalties.

It is not the first time the Royals have lost in the Championship play-off final.

As Andrew Pate reports.

Andrew spoke to Captain of Reading FC, Chris Gunter and Co-Chairman of the club Sir John Madejski.

John Madejski: Reading 'lives to fight another day'

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'We live to fight another day' was the reaction from Reading FC's Chairman after their defeat at Wembley last night.

Huddersfield beat the Royals 4 - 3.

It's the first time the Championship play-off has gone to penalties in 15 years.

John Madejski, Chairman, Reading FC

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Disappointment for Reading as they lose Championship play-off final

It was a disappointing day for Reading as they lost the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Their highly anticipated game against Huddersfield ended 0-0 after extra time.

But Huddersfield secured a win in a tense penalty shoot-out, beating the Royals four goals to three.

It's the first time the Championship play-off has gone to penalties in 15 years.

Defeat means Reading lose out on one of the richest prizes in football with promotion to the Premier League said to be worth in excess of £170 million.

Reading fans heading to Wembley - hoping it's the road to victory

Premier League promotion could be just hours away for Reading Football Club.

The Royals are preparing for their match at Wembley tonight, against Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final.

And hundreds of fans are travelling from the Madejski Stadium in the Berkshire town to the stadium in the capital - willing a win for their Royals.

EFL to liaise with Wembley ahead of Royals play-off on Monday - '...safety of fans remains our highest priority'

The English Football League is urging all football supporters planning to go to the play-offs at Wembley next week to be '...vigilant, stay alert and not be alarmed.'

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone associated with the EFL and its 72 Clubs are with all those affected by last night’s terrible events in Manchester.

“The EFL is fully aware of the security issues that football and other sporting events currently face and whilst there have been no specific threats in this country, our Security Advisor will be liaising with Wembley Stadium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the arrangements in place provide a safe and secure environment for all supporters attending this weekend’s Play-Off matches.

“The safety of fans remains our highest priority. The EFL takes security issues extremely seriously and we would urge all supporters planning to be at Wembley Stadium to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed.”

– English Football League spokesperson

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