Mar 22, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
Caddis (44' pen.)
Ibe (71')
FT(HT: 1-1)
McAnuff (42', 82')
Guthrie (67')

Result: Jobi McAnuff brace earns Reading win over Birmingham City

Reading secure an away victory over Birmingham City in their Championship clash at St Andrew's, thanks to a brace from Jobi McAnuff.

A brace from Jobi McAnuff has fired Reading to a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City in their Championship clash at St Andrew's.

The visitors started the game well and could have taken an early lead when McAnuff raided down the left and lifted a cross into the area for Adam Le Fondre, but his header went over the bar.

Birmingham rallied and Federico Macheda forced Alex McCarthy into the first save of the afternoon when he powered a shot at goal, which the keeper did well to parry away.

The Royals took the lead just before the break when McAnuff latched onto Royston Drenthe's cross at the back post and fired home.

However, that advantage lasted just a minute as the home side won a penalty when Kaspars Gorkss brought down Macheda, and Paul Caddis fired in the spot kick.

After half time, Macheda nearly handed his side the lead when he latched onto a cross into the box from the left, and his header nearly wrong-footed McCarthy, who did well to change direction to make the stop.

The striker was proving to be a thorn in the side of the visitors and came close again. Will Packwood headed the ball across the face of goal and Macheda made contact, but his effort hit the bar.

Reading regained the lead in the 82nd minute with a free-flowing move, which ended when Chris Gunter squared the ball for McAnuff to slot home from close range for his second of the match.

Lee Novak of Birmingham celebrates with teammate Paul Caddis after scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup fourth round match against Swansea City on January 25, 2014
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