LEWIS Grabban played 74 minutes as Reading suffered Championship play-off final penalty shootout heartbreak against Huddersfield Town at Wembley yesterday.

The striker toiled up front alongside former Cherries star Yann Kermorgant without being able to get any change out of the Terriers' steely rearguard before being replaced by Garath McCleary with 16 minutes remaining.

Neither side could force a breakthrough in 120 tense minutes and it was left to the Yorkshire club's German defender Chris Schindler to stroke home the winning penalty and seal Huddersfield's return to the top-flight following a 45-year absence.

Liam Moore blasted over and Town goalkeeper Danny Ward saved from Jordan Obita as Reading lost the shootout 4-3.

The match signalled the end of Grabban's stay at the Madejski Stadium. The Cherries player scored three goals in 17 appearances for the Berkshire club after sealing a loan move on the final day of January's transfer window.

He was restricted to three substitute's outings under Eddie Howe in the Premier League this term, having started four top-flight matches last season following his return to the club from Norwich City.

Boss Howe told the Daily Echo earlier this month that he would speak to the 29-year-old at the end of the season about "where we take our relationship".

Grabban, whose last Cherries appearance came in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall on January 7, has two years remaining on his Vitality Stadium contract.