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Birmingham City 2-1 Reading: Blues beat Royals to extend unbeaten run

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz's header made it 2-0 for the hosts

Birmingham City extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 10 games by beating Reading.

Second-half goals from Gary Gardner and Blues' top scorer Lukas Jutkiewicz sealed the three points for Garry Monk's side at St Andrew's.

Gardner latched onto Michael Morrison's knock-down from a corner to fire into the back of the net before Jutkiewicz directed his header across the diving Anssi Jaakkola into the top corner.

Paul Clement's side got a goal back in stoppage time when Yakou Meite looped the ball over keeper Lee Camp, but City hung on to extend their unbeaten home run to 12 games.

The teams shared the chances in a hard-fought first half which ended goalless.

Meite came close for the visitors by forcing Camp to beat away his left-footed strike after he twisted and turned his way into the City penalty area.

Camp almost handed the Royals the lead when he misjudged and fumbled a 20-yard strike from Liam Kelly onto the post and behind for corner.

But the Royals gifted the hosts a corner when Tiago Ilori failed to keep Kelly's backpass from 40 yards out in play, which was converted by Gardner to make it 1-0.

Monk's side then took control of the game as Che Adams muscled off Ilori before he floated a cross for Jutkiewicz to steer past Reading shot-stopper Jaakkola.

The win extends Blues' unbeaten run in the Championship to 10 games, of which they have drawn six, which is the longest current run in the division.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk:

"We're realistic. Let's not forget this club, in three out of the last five years, has been fighting relegation on the last day.

"Our aim is to make sure we're not doing that, our aim is to make sure it's not a season where we're coming into the last day and there's the possibility of relegation.

"We've all got dreams and ambitions but let's be realistic. We're still very early.

"It's now three wins in a row and 10 unbeaten in any league is a hard thing to do. The effort and commitment in the second half was huge."

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"My overall feeling is we took a step forward again and now it's a step back, we are finding it really difficult to string together back-to-back performances.

"Win-win at this level is such a big thing to do both in terms of confidence but also what can happen with your position in the table.

"I think it was a missed opportunity tonight. I thought it would be a difficult game because they are a very hard side to beat.

"But when I saw the game developing and half we were playing and how they were playing I thought we've got a great chance.

"But they are a team that prey on your mistakes. They are happy to not have the ball and they capitalise on those errors and you know that's the story of the night."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 79'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMahoneyat 44'minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forLubalaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 3YiadomBooked at 18mins
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 38Kelly
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10SwiftBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAlukoat 79'minutes
  • 19SimsSubstituted forMcClearyat 63'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forBaldockat 63'minutes
  • 21Meite

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 4O'Shea
  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 14Aluko
  • 28Walker
  • 35Rinomhota
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
22,126

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Reading 1.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Reading 1. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Beryly Lubala replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sone Aluko replaces John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jota.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Jota (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Reading 0. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Che Adams with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Booking

John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Josh Sims.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

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

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Hand ball by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

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

Attempt saved. Jota (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough14752167926
2Sheff Utd148242316726
3West Brom1373331181324
4Norwich147341917224
5Leeds1365223111223
6Derby136341714321
7Blackburn145631719-221
8Swansea145541511420
9Birmingham144821613320
10Wigan146261618-220
11QPR146261419-520
12Nottm Forest134721815319
13Bristol City135441714319
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford134632015518
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton134451116-516
19Millwall143471623-713
20Rotherham143471020-1013
21Reading143381923-412
22Preston132471925-610
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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