A right Royal result! Forest are safe!

Sammy: Im so glad to be playing for a big club..

Sammy: "I'm so glad to be playing for a big club.."

I was going to go for my usual policy of deliberately ignoring the match this evening.  At Carrow Road this evening Reading visited Norwich City, Reading with a chance of snagging an automatic promotion spot, the Canaries desperately seeking to avoid relegation into League One.  A defeat for them would see Forest safe, and leaving only Barnsley and Norwich as teams able to fill the last place in the bottom three.

Barnsley face Plymouth at the weekend, whilst Norwich have a trip to Charlton.  If Plymouth can win (also made safe this evening) then a win for Norwich will send Barnsley down.  Anything but a win for the Canaries isn’t enough for survival – a draw for the Tykes is enough to ensure their survival, so the odds have to be firmly stacked against the men from Norfolk.

Having flirted with relegation for most of the season, it’s simply a massive sense of relief I post these words in – although it’s hard not to have a wry smile at the prospect of Sammy ‘I want to play for a big club’ Clingan facing relegation in exchange for his bigger pay packet.  By all accounts he’s had a decent season with Norwich so maybe he’ll get a move – or maybe he’ll stick with them for another season in League One.

So a huge thank you to Reading FC, but of course also a huge well done to Billy and the boys – and the fans – who’ve all played their part in making sure we picked up the results we have needed to keep our end of the bargain.  It’s been, frankly, a stressful and uninspiring season – here’s to a full summer of preparation for Billy and then onwards and upwards!

Commiserations to Norwich, too.  I always enjoy trips to Carrow Road – so perhaps Plymouth can return the favour you paid to them (and us) this evening and get a win against Barnsley for you.  Certainly despite the longer drive, a trip to Norwich is more palatable than a trip to Oakwell for a rousing rendition of the Hovis music and chants of ‘Scabs!’.

So for that reason, and because it will be difficult to muster too much of a worry on Sunday from our own point of view, I’ll be rooting for Plymouth and Norwich to get wins.  Come on you Pilgrims and Canaries!