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Reading 0-0 Birmingham City: Royals and Blues end with goalless stalemate

Birmingham striker Isaac Vassell was up against Reading's Liam Moore at the Madejski Stadium
Injury-hit Isaac Vassell was making only his fifth start for Birmingham City since signing from Luton Town in August 2017

Reading and Birmingham City played out a final-day goalless draw to wrap up their season at the Madejski Stadium.

With both sides' Championship safety already assured, it was little surprise that the two sides managed just seven shots on target between them.

Reading kept up their safety-sealing home form in Berkshire, where they have lost just once since New Year's Day.

Garry Monk's Blues meanwhile extended their unbeaten end-of-season run to seven games - a run now bettered only by leaders Norwich City, who ended Aston Villa's 12-match unbeaten run.

Despite being docked nine points for breaching English Football League profitability and sustainability rules on 22 March, Birmingham have secured their Championship status for a ninth-straight season.

They ended with a 12th clean sheet of the campaign when Blues keeper Lee Camp kept out the game's best chance to deny Danny Loader before the break.

Veteran Reading defender John O'Shea was given a guard of honour by both sides when he returned from injury to make an injury time appearance - his final professional game.

The ex-Manchester United & Republic of Ireland international announced his retirement on his 38th birthday in midweek.

Reading manager Jose Gomes:

"The guard of honour for John O'Shea was the players' idea. All of them respect John a lot. I've never seen anything like that before.

"For me, it meant a lot. The respect that was shown to John. He is a very intelligent person. He's quiet, he doesn't speak too much. But when he talks, everybody listens.

"For the way that we controlled the game and the situations we created, we deserved a bit more than just one point."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"In the second half we just edged it but both sides had their chances.

"It's a good ending in terms of being unbeaten for the last seven matches and gives us something to take forward to next season.

"We've only got a small and battered squad but they have showed they're ready to fight."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 2GunterSubstituted forHoweat 90'minutes
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 16Baker
  • 18Ejaria
  • 48OliseSubstituted forBarrowat 71'minutes
  • 43Loader
  • 39BarrettSubstituted forO'Sheaat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 17Barrow
  • 28Walker
  • 32Ezatolahi
  • 49Howe

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 45HardingBooked at 83mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 8Gardner
  • 31LakinSubstituted forDavisat 74'minutes
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forMaghomaat 84'minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 11VassellSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mahoney
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Gardner
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 26Davis
  • 40Weaver
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
17,247

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Birmingham City 0.

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Teddy Howe with a cross.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John O'Shea replaces Josh Barrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Teddy Howe replaces Chris Gunter.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Emiliano Martínez.

Attempt saved. Wes Harding (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jota with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matt Miazga.

Attempt saved. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Booking

Wes Harding (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wes Harding (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Kerim Mrabti.

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Charlie Lakin.

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Danny Loader (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Isaac Vassell.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Modou Barrow replaces Michael Olise.

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

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Danny Loader (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Baker.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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