Long modest over double

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Two-goal Shane Long played down his role in Reading’s demolition of Cardiff that earned them a spot in the Championship play-off final.

The Royals won 3-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium last night for an aggregate win by the same scoreline, with Jobi McAnuff putting the finishing touches to the success after Long had scored twice.

“It wasn’t one of my best games but I scored two and that’s how it goes,” he said. “It wasn’t easy but we did enough on the night.”

Reading will meet Swansea in the final, with a spot in the Premier League at stake.

Big-spending Manchester City moved into the top three in the Premier League after a 3-0 victory over Stoke City.