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Reading 0-2 Birmingham City

David Davis (right)
Birmingham have now won their last four meetings with Reading

Birmingham City earned their first Championship away win since January with a comfortable victory at Reading.

Clayton Donaldson's header opened the scoring inside two minutes before on-loan defender Ryan Shotton slotted in his first Blues goal to make it two.

Reading struggled going forward despite seeing plenty of the ball, suffering a first home league loss since December.

Victory ended Birmingham's five-match winless run to leave them nine points off the top six, with a game in hand.

Reading, who had been bidding for a third straight win, slip to 14th in the table.

An unmarked Donaldson nodded in David Cotterill's cross for his eighth goal of the season in the early stages and the Wales winger was involved again for Birmingham's second, seeing his free-kick palmed into the path of Shotton by Ali al-Habsi.

Reading's Stephen Quinn headed wide and later volleyed over, but the hosts otherwise lacked ideas to break down the visitors, who drop a place to 14th.

Gary Rowett's side's hopes of a play-off spot remain slim, but were further boosted by losses for rivals Ipswich, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday.

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

"I really didn't see this coming. It was a difficult day. Losing the first goal as early as we did, it meant Birmingham could get behind the ball.

"Then they scored from a set-play and that was it really. We had a lot of the ball in the second half but just didn't create anything.

"We've had a really good 2016 as far as playing at the Madejski is concerned. We'd been unbeaten in the league. We'll have to put this one to bed as quickly as we possibly can.

"It's just a bad day. Bad days happen in football. We'll have to take that on the chin and go again at Middlesbrough on Tuesday."

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"It's funny. We'd ruled ourselves out of the play-offs, now suddenly all the other results are going for us. You win a game and all the lads are saying 'You know what, we've still got half a chance here'.

"But it's irrelevant really. We've got to try to win every game. We want players at this club who are going to give everything they can, whether it's a testimonial, a friendly or whatever.

"Mathematically, and if we win the game in hand - at home to Leeds on Tuesday night - then our situation could start to look a little bit different.

"We know what we're good at. We've got to work very hard and, when we're very organised and finish off one or two of the chances that we create, then we're an excellent team. I can't remember them having one meaningful chance."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterSubstituted forMcClearyat 63'minutes
  • 5McShaneBooked at 84mins
  • 35CooperBooked at 57mins
  • 11Obita
  • 6Norwood
  • 23Williams
  • 21Quinn
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forVydraat 45'minutes
  • 31CoxSubstituted forJohnat 72'minutes
  • 29KermorgantBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Vydra
  • 8Hector
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 20John

Birmingham

  • 1Legzdins
  • 31Caddis
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 72'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 83mins
  • 25LaffertySubstituted forMaghomaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Fabbrini
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
17,868

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ola John (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).

  15. Post update

    Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City).

  18. Booking

    Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Booking

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley412214564333180
2Middlesbrough40247955253079
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham401611134539659
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading401312154546-151
15Leeds401115143949-1048
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest401113163541-646
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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