Nigel Adkins' new side Reading FC played host to his former team Southampton FC at the Madejski Stadium. The Saints beat the Royals 2 - 0.
Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Southampton after their defeat to Manchester United last night.
New Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino wants the focus to be on football after overseeing a goalless draw with Everton in his first game.
Reading look almost certain to be relegated after losing 2 - 1 at Norwich. With four games to go they remain rooted to the botton spot, ten points from safety. Southampton though took another step towards safety with a goalless drawer at Swansea. They are now eight points above the drop zone.
Southampton Football Club have claimed a crucial three points at Reading today. The win leaves Saints seven points clear of the drop zone - the Royals though, remain bottom.
The final score was Reading 0 - Southampton 2.
Sarah Gomme was at the game and sent this report. - Includes interviews with Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton manager and Nigel Adkins, the Reading manager.
Final score: Reading 0 - 2 Southampton
Reading 0 - 2 Southampton ( Scorers - Jay Rodriguez (34), Adam Lallana (72).
It's one of the most important and intriguing fixtures football fans in the south have ever seen. Tomorrow Southampton take on Reading at the Madejski stadium.
At stake: Certainly a great deal of personal pride, but more than that, probably a place in the Premier League next season. Fred and Amanda link to sports correspondent Sarah Gomme.
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