Adkins hails 'greatest achievement'

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Manager Nigel Adkins believes Scunthorpe's Coca-Cola Championship survival is the club's greatest achievement.

The Iron put any relegation fears to bed after a 2-2 draw with Reading on a dramatic night at Glanford Park and go into the final two games of the campaign contemplating back-to-back seasons in the second tier for the first time in 46 years.

Adkins, whose side play in front of one of the smallest crowds in the division and have one of the tightest budgets, said: "I'm very pleased. It's a fantastic group of lads. Over the course of the season we have set out what we hoped to do."

He added: "It's a fantastic achievement. It's like swimming the Channel, doing the Tour de France and then climbing Everest. It's a fantastic achievement for Scunthorpe to stay in the Championship."

Scunthorpe, who required a point to secure survival, saw Reading surge into a two-goal lead after the interval thanks to Alex Pearce's cushioned volley and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty.

But the home side rallied in the final 10 minutes and produced a stirring fightback, with Gary Hooper reducing the arrears with a volley and then Matt Sparrow's deflected effort with a minute of normal time remaining clinched the point to send Glanford Park into raptures.

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