Every West Ham fan had his fingers, toes and cock crossed today, hoping that Pompey could get a result at Southampton; but any Reading fans wishing ill on the Saints probably miscalculated very badly indeed.
The key for both Reading and Southampton was to disillusion West Ham. I kept saying that there was a danger of Reading losing heart if they kept winning without climbing into the top two, and now the boot is on the other foot. Had Southampton won today, they would have negated our superb result at Barnsley and all our efforts would have felt in vain. Great we won, but so what? Reading beat Leeds with 10 men and Southampton would have maintained a six point gap. There was an increasing danger of a friendly style 1-1 draw when Reading travelled to St Mary's, or the New Dell as I still call it.
Now that game becomes a huge promotion head to head, providing we can start winning at home. If it's a draw, we can pull onto the shoulder of both, and if either team lose, they will feel the black pudding fuelled stench of Allardyce's breath on the backs of their necks.
I am in Transylvania at the moment, and West Ham have suddenly risen from the dead! Are those love bites on your neck Mark Noble, or Dracula's punctures?
It's all to play for now, and Reading fans may yet rue Southampton dropping points today.