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Birmingham City 0-2 Reading

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's goal was his first since signing for Reading from Wolves in July

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and George Evans gave Reading their first away win of the season at Birmingham.

Blues keeper David Stockdale saved well from Tyler Blackett, while Royals counterpart Vito Mannone pushed Cohen Bramall's stinging shot wide.

Liam Kelly drew another save from Stockdale, before Bodvarsson headed Reading in front from Blackett's cross.

Evans secured the three points late on, placing a shot past Stockdale after running onto Garath McCleary's pass.

Jacques Maghoma had a chance to reduce the deficit to one goal in added time, but his shot was blocked by Liam Moore.

Reading's second consecutive victory at St Andrew's, for the first time in the club's history, ended Birmingham's three-match unbeaten home run.

Harry Redknapp's side struggled to earn time in possession and were wasteful when they did get hold of the ball, only two of their 14 shots testing Mannone.

On-loan full-back Carl Jenkinson was also taken off injured on a difficult afternoon for the hosts following treatment on his shoulder, to be replaced by Emilio Nsue.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp:

"To be honest, we have been outplayed in every game. But this was not the team I wanted to play. It has been difficult as I've discovered.

"We have struggled to bring in players in certain areas of the side. And it doesn't help when you lose young Carl Jenkinson, who has dislocated his shoulder and will be out for a long time.

"This is why I need to bring in new players. I've asked for certain people who would have brought in the experience and quality we require.

"Unfortunately we have not been able to get them over the line. I've been chasing Stuart Downing from Middlesbrough for four months without any success."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"The substitutions paid off with us scoring the second goal which was a relief.

"We defended very well. Everyone was together, very committed and determined.

"I was very happy with the way we played in possession and the big contribution made by the substitutes, in particular Evans in scoring the second goal."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Roberts
  • 3GroundsSubstituted forDavisat 78'minutes
  • 22JenkinsonSubstituted forNsueat 32'minutes
  • 17NdoyeSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 45'minutes
  • 50Gleeson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 15Bramall
  • 18Gallagher
  • 19Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 2Nsue
  • 5Shotton
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 26Davis
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 45Harding

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 20Ilori
  • 2Gunter
  • 19Bacuna
  • 38Kelly
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forEvansat 70'minutes
  • 24Blackett
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMcClearyat 76'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forSmithat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Evans
  • 12McCleary
  • 22Clement
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 37Andresson
  • 55Smith
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
19,993

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Reading 2.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Sam Smith (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sam Smith replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Reading 2. George Evans (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Moore (Reading) because of an injury.

Offside, Reading. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Jonathan Grounds.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Modou Barrow.

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Joey van den Berg.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a cross.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Reading 1. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff5500102815
2Ipswich540196312
3Leeds532072511
4Wolves531174310
5Sheff Utd53025419
6Nottm Forest53028809
7Preston52212118
8Hull521212757
9Middlesbrough52124317
10QPR52126607
11Reading52125507
12Derby521257-27
13Bristol City51317616
14Fulham51314316
15Barnsley52037706
16Sheff Wed51314406
17Millwall51228625
18Aston Villa512279-25
19Sunderland512258-35
20Birmingham511336-34
21Burton511349-54
22Norwich5113612-64
23Brentford502359-42
24Bolton5023410-62
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