Half-Time Report: Birmingham City 1-0 Reading

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Birmingham lead champions Reading 1-0 going into the half-time interval at St. Andrews.

Birmingham go into the half-time interval with a 1-0 lead over Championship leaders Reading.

Neither side forced the opposition goalkeeper into serious action in the first 20 minutes, with Adam Federici only having a couple of comfortable efforts to deal with.

He was beaten after 25 minutes, however, as substitute Adam Rooney picked up Nathan Redmond's pass before sliding it first time past the Reading keeper.

Redmond then came close himself, firing a shot from outside the box just over the crossbar as the hosts continued to look dangerous.

The champions had chances of their own towards the end of their half, one effort from Adam Le Fondre having to be hacked off the line by Pablo Ibanez.

Le Fondre then raced through once again and dinked the ball over Colin Doyle in the City goal, only for Ibanez to once more save his side with another clearance off the line.

Ibanez was almost the hero at the other end just minutes later when he met a Townsend free kick only to see his header come back off the post.

As things stand, Birmingham will leapfrog Blackpool into fourth in the table.

Champions League
Championship
League One
FT
Barnsley
2-3
Notts County
FT
Bristol City
2-2
Bradford
FT
Colchester
2-1
Chesterfield
FT
Crawley
1-0
Walsall
FT
Crewe Alexandra
1-0
Peterborough
FT
Doncaster
0-2
Leyton Orient
FT
Gillingham
0-1
Preston
FT
MK Dons
2-1
Fleetwood Town
FT
Oldham
4-1
Coventry
FT
Port Vale
2-2
Scunthorpe
FT
Sheff Utd
2-0
Yeovil
FT
Swindon
2-3
Rochdale
League Two
FT
Accrington
3-1
Hartlepool
FT
AFC Wimbledon
0-0
Plymouth
FT
Cambridge
1-2
Cheltenham
FT
Carlisle
3-4
Burton Albion
FT
Exeter
2-1
Wycombe
FT
Luton
3-1
Dag & Red
FT
Morecambe
1-1
York City
FT
Newport County
1-0
Southend
FT
Northampton
1-3
Oxford Utd
FT
Portsmouth
3-2
Stevenage
FT
Shrewsbury
5-0
Bury
FT
Tranmere
0-0
Mansfield
Conference Premier
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League Two
Tables