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Coppell eyes grandstand finish

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Reading manager Steve Coppell wants his side to finish the season on a high after their 2-0 victory at Norwich ensured three teams will be fighting for one automatic promotion place on the final day of the Coca-Cola Championship on Sunday.

The Royals moved to within two points of third-placed Sheffield United who are a point adrift of Birmingham in second and, with Coppell's side hosting the Blues on Sunday while the Blades visit Crystal Palace, any one of those three teams could now go straight up.

Coppell said: "We want to finish as high up the league as we can. We have a dog's chance of success but that's better than no chance."

He added: "Everyone outside of Norwich was looking for this result to make it exciting on Sunday and it hopefully will be."

Coppell also blasted reports he is ready to retire, saying: "I've had an awful lot of people congratulate me on my retirement and ask me my plans but it's absolute rubbish.

"What would I do all day? It's a non story.

"No-one has any idea what I'll be doing this summer, not even me, but it's a nonsense to say that I want to walk away from football."

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