Nottingham Forest came from a goal down to beat Reading 3-1 at The City Ground last season. Matej Vydra struck inside the opening 15 minutes to give The Royals the lead, but Chris O'Grady's fortunate strike levelled the tie. Nelson Oliveira's powerful effort following a swift counter attack put The Reds in front and the Portuguese striker created daylight between the sides as he volleyed home O'Grady's cross. Jack Hobbs was shown his marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after the hour mark but Forest held out for the win.
Reading were on the receiving end of an emphatic performance as Nottingham Forest ran out 4-0 winners at The City Ground. Michail Antonio headed in off the crossbar to give The Reds the lead against his former club and he doubled the advantage just after the break with a neat volley. Antonio then turned provider on 53 to set up Matty Fryatt for a close-range header and Britt Assombalonga completed the rout as he fired home following a goal-mouth scramble.
Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to 18 games as they closed the gap at the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Reading. Paul Anderson fired us into the lead after he converted Robert Earnshaw's pass and the Welsh striker doubled the lead just before the break, steering an effort into the bottom corner. Goalkeeper Lee Camp was in inspired form to keep The Royals at bay in the second half, stopping a Brian Howard penalty after Nicky Shorey was sent off. He was eventually beaten in injury time, but Jimmy Kebe's strike proved to be just a consolation.
Nottingham Forest defeated Reading 2-0 at The City Ground to bounce back from two defeats in Division One. David Johnson struck his 21st goal of the season when he finished off Gareth Williams' through ball to give The Reds the lead. Both sides missed chances but Forest got the second goal their pressure deserved on 67 minutes as Marlon Harewood rounded the goalkeeper to slot home. Jack Lester was shown his marching orders for a late lunge on Sammy Igoe but The Reds held out for the win.
Sunday 26 April 1998
Nottingham Forest 1 (Bart-Williams 87') Reading 0
Nottingham Forest all-but sealed promotion back to the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Reading in the final home game of the 1997-98 season. A nervy affair was settled by Chris Bart-Williams as he struck in the 87th minute. Bart-Williams, playing as a striker following an injury to Kevin Campbell, received the ball in the penalty area, turned his man before firing a great low shot past Scott Howie. The result put The Reds six points clear of third-placed Sunderland, who still had two games to play, and their defeat two days later meant Forest secured promotion without kicking a ball, celebrating the title at West Brom a week later.