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Reading 0-1 Birmingham City

Steve Clarke
Reading's last league win was 2-1 against Brighton at home on 10 March.

Birmingham City enjoyed their first away win in 10 matches as Clayton Donaldson's late strike condemned losing FA Cup semi-finalists Reading to defeat.

The Royals, who lost to Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday, are now winless in seven Championship matches but are safe from relegation.

Reading dominated for the majority but wasted several chances.

Donaldson then headed home his 16th goal of the season on 83 minutes.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici, whose extra-time fumble led to Alexis Sanchez's winning goal at the weekend, was given a good reception from the home fans.

His side had no pressure on them, with the last lingering doubts of relegation having been removed when Millwall lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

Birmingham also had little to play for, apart from trying to improve on a poor recent record of just two wins in eight league matches.

Reading, with only two wins in 13 league games and no wins in six, saw Garath McCleary fire wide, while Jamie Mackie and Nick Blackman had shots blocked.

The hosts continued to dominate after the break but were continually let down by their final product as Birmingham stubbornly held on.

Birmingham broke the deadlock when Stephen Gleeson delivered a corner from the left and Donaldson rose unchallenged to glance a header past the helpless Federici.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"I'd like to keep a few youngsters in and around the squad but the game on Saturday is a big game for the league because Brentford have a chance for the play-offs.

"On Tuesday, that could be a big relegation game for Rotherham. And the same in our last game against Derby, with them fighting for a play-off spot.

"It was a frustrating game tonight and we've had a few of them lately. A good performance again but no points again. I've said that a few times. It's a familiar tale for us."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"Our away form has not been good since the turn of the New Year and we wanted to do something about that.

"There was a lack of intensity in the match and it felt like and end-of-season game. We weren't as attacking as we'd have liked and we had to weather a bit of pressure from Reading. But they didn't have too many chances.

"We made some changes later in the game and it really opened up for us. We probably had more clear-cut chances in the last 15 minutes than we've had in the last five or six games. We should have gone on and scored a couple more goals."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 35Cooper
  • 15Hector
  • 43Aké
  • 12McClearySubstituted forAppiahat 63'minutes
  • 21Karacan
  • 14Chalobah
  • 11ObitaBooked at 69mins
  • 19MackieSubstituted forStaceyat 63'minutes
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forNovakovichat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 6Norwood
  • 16Akpan
  • 31Andersen
  • 36Novakovich
  • 37Stacey
  • 44Appiah

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 15Kiernan
  • 31CaddisSubstituted forDyerat 62'minutes
  • 13Tesche
  • 8Gleeson
  • 36FabbriniSubstituted forShinnieat 34'minutes
  • 3Grounds
  • 9Donaldson
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forGrayat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cotterill
  • 12Novak
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Davis
  • 33Gray
  • 40Dyer
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
14,604

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home22
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 1.

Foul by Andrija Novakovich (Reading).

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Birmingham City 1. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andrija Novakovich replaces Nick Blackman.

Foul by Jack Stacey (Reading).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Stacey (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Wes Thomas.

Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Attempt saved. Jack Stacey (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robert Tesche following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Kwesi Appiah (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Kwesi Appiah replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jack Stacey replaces Jamie Mackie.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Paul Caddis.

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jem Karacan following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn441615136155663
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Birmingham441415155264-1257
14Cardiff441414165258-656
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading431211204465-2147
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall44913223769-3240
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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