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Birmingham City 1-3 Reading: Royals hit three second-half goals to win at St Andrew's

Reading defender Matt Miazga celebrates his equaliser
Reading defender Matt Miazga celebrates his equaliser

Reading's brilliant comeback overturned a first-half deficit to beat Birmingham 3-1 at St Andrew's.

Blues made the perfect start just six minutes in when in-form Scott Hogan lobbed onrushing Reading goalkeeper Rafael.

But the visitors came out firing on all cylinders after the break, with goals in quick succession from Matt Miazga and Yakou Meite putting them in front.

Reading added a third through Pele to record just their third win in 12 league games.

Birmingham took the lead after the Royals failed to deal with Marc Roberts' long ball early on, allowing Hogan to run clear of their defence.

The Republic of Ireland international's clever dinked finish looped over Rafael to give him his seventh goal in eight Championship games since signing on-loan from Aston Villa in January.

The hosts had chances to stretch their lead before the break with Lukas Jutkiewicz's flick-on going wide, before Hogan's acrobatic stretch sent the ball over.

Blues lived to regret those misses after half-time when Miazga smashed a shot past Camp after a great delivery from a tight angle by Andy Rinomhota.

Five minutes later, John Swift whipped in a dangerous free-kick, which was headed home by Meite for his 12th goal of the season.

Frustrations continued for Birmingham when the referee waved away their appeal for a penalty after Jude Bellingham appeared to have been pulled over in the box.

Mark Bowen's side then made sure all three points would be heading back to Berkshire when Pele was found in space and sent a delightful curling effort into the bottom corner.

The result lifts Reading up three places into 13th place in the table while Birmingham, who have won one home game since October, slip one place to 16th.

Birmingham boss Pep Clotet told BBC WM 95.6:

"I think it was tough for us, the fact that we have played so many games with such a thin squad.

"I cannot really complain because in the end, the players have put their bodies on the line with injuries, trying to keep playing games.

"They have been superb for the club, but of course these things can happen.

"We played very good football and we were on top of the game for the most part of it, apart from the worst ten minutes."

Reading manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"The first half, I put down to hangover from Tuesday.

"We talked about it second half in terms of what we needed to try and do.

"As soon as we got that goal from Matt, I always felt we would go on and win the game.

"That result was built on heart, guts and determination after the week we have had with extra time as well."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 72mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Crowley
  • 34SunjicSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 84'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 55mins
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forMrabtiat 72'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 40Hogan

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 15Montero
  • 18Mrabti
  • 27Trueman
  • 44Boyd-Munce

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 5Miazga
  • 4Morrison
  • 27Richards
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 10SwiftBooked at 69minsSubstituted forMooreat 81'minutes
  • 19Meite
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forTuncará Gomesat 72'minutes
  • 21OliseSubstituted forMcClearyat 73'minutes
  • 47Puscas

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 6Moore
  • 12McCleary
  • 24Blackett
  • 25Masika
  • 26Adam
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
19,525

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Reading 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Reading 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a fast break.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Crowley with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Reading 3. Pelé (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a fast break.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Ivan Sunjic.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Liam Moore replaces John Swift.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Sunjic with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Foul by John Swift (Reading).

  14. Post update

    Lee Camp (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen with a cross.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Michael Olise.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Pelé replaces Ovie Ejaria.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Mrabti replaces Jude Bellingham.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37218856302671
2West Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottm Forest371612948381060
6Preston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn3614111152421053
11Swansea371314104645153
12QPR37148155862-450
13Reading37139154642448
14Derby361212124649-348
15Sheff Wed37139154649-348
16Birmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan371011163850-1241
21Hull37118184963-1441
22Charlton37109184454-1039
23Luton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034
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