KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 9, 2020
Matt Miazga was on target for Reading as he contributed in the team's win over Birmingham City as they push for a strong finish in the English Championship.
Birmingham City 1-3 Reading
Reading went down early but answered back with three strikes to take all three points in the end over Birmingham City at
St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.
Matt Miazga started the game for the Royals and went the distance.
However, things would not start off well for Miazga early in the game when his headed back pass to goalkeeper Rafael allowed Birmingham's Scott Hogan to pounce on the ball and lob it over the Brazilian to give the host the lead.
That opening goal only spurred on Birmingham to find more and they came close to adding a second when Hogan's close-range attempt was stopped by Miazga.
Reading started to improve slowly and it started to pay dividends in the second half when Miazga redeemed himself from his earlier gaffe by scoring the equalizer in the 51st minute. Andrew Rinomhota's cross from the right side found the American center-back in the area and he produced a volleyed attempt that would make any striker proud.
The visitors took the lead five minutes later when Yakou Meite headed in a free-kick from Jon Swift.
Reading was now in complete control of the game and they put the final nail in the coffin in the 87th minute when Pele rounded out a counter-attack by curling his shot around Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp.
The win moves Reading up to 14th place in the standings with 48 points.
In the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin was an unused substitute for Newcastle United as the Magpies came away with a 1-0 win over Southampton.
Back in the Championship, Tim Ream and Fulham had a chance to gain further ground on the top two, but they could only muster up a 1-1 tie with fellow promotion chaser Bristol City.
Geoff Cameron was sent off for a second bookable offense but it didn't matter as Queens Park Rangers cruised to a 3-1 win over Preston North End.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Luton Town had to settle for a 0-0 tie with the Antonee Robinson-less Wigan Athletic.
Down in League One, Charlie Kelman scored a goal to help Southend United to a deserved 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland allowed a late stoppage-time goal to share the points with Gillingham in a 2-2 tie.
Matthew Olosunde came off the bench as promotion-chasing Rotherham United fell to Rochdale in a 3-1 loss.