Reading have been eased out to 37/20 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds after picking up a valuable draw at Stoke on Saturday.
That result put the Royals one point ahead of third-from-bottom Rotherham, who lost 2-1 at home to Norwich and are now 7/10 for the drop.
Stoke went closest to grabbing a winner, but Reading hung on bravely to secure a share of the spoils in a goalless stalemate.
Tom Ince struck the post, Sam Vokes’ header crashed off the upright and James McClean was denied superbly by a sprawling reaction stop from visiting goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Jose Gomes said: “It was a difficult game for both teams, regarding the weather conditions.
“With the wind, the ball moved a lot, so it was very difficult for the players to play.
“We are under pressure and I’d like it if my players played better football, beautiful football, but in the position that we are in, in their minds they cannot lose, and we didn’t.
“It wasn’t a very positive game, but it was a positive point.”
Rotherham remain in the drop zone following their loss but battled until the final whistle, leaving manager Paul Warne with the feeling they have enough to stay up.
Semi Ajayi cancelled out Kenny McLean’s opener for the Canaries, but the Millers were undone by Ben Godfrey’s 57th-minute strike.
Warne insisted: “I thought the lads were excellent. With eight games to go, if we can keep that level of performance up, we can have a great end to the season.
“Going a goal down before half-time, when we played well, was a bit of a hammer blow.
“It was disappointing to concede a set-piece. We should mark better than that, it’s inexcusable, but overall the lads were virtually blemish free.”
Latics boost survival hopes
With Bolton and Ipswich looking doomed, Millwall could still be dragged into trouble and are 7/1 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds.
The Lions are level on points with Reading, but have a game in hand after being in FA Cup action over the weekend.
Wigan are also far from safe yet, but Saturday’s 5-2 drubbing of Bolton pushed them three points clear of Rotherham and the Latics are 10/1 to slip back into League One.
Goals from Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Dods and substitute Leon Clarke saw Paul Cook’s side secure a first win in eight matches.
The manager beamed: “It was just what the doctor ordered, without a shadow of a doubt.
“The early goal helped calm the nerves and we rode our luck once or twice in certain situations.
“But we created more than enough chances to win a game of football, that’s for sure.
“I’m delighted for the players on the back of a really tough week.
“The pressure was mounting on everybody, which is just football today, but I’m just so pleased for the players, it’s a great win.”
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