Reading 0-2 Birmingham City

David Davis (right)

Birmingham have now won their last four meetings with Reading

Birmingham City earned their first Championship away win since January with a comfortable victory at Reading.

Clayton Donaldson’s header opened the scoring inside two minutes before on-loan defender Ryan Shotton slotted in his first Blues goal to make it two.

Reading struggled going forward despite seeing plenty of the ball, suffering a first home league loss since December.

Victory ended Birmingham’s five-match winless run to leave them nine points off the top six, with a game in hand.

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McDermott on Reading v Birmingham

Reading, who had been bidding for a third straight win, slip to 14th in the table.

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Rowett on Reading v Birmingham

An unmarked Donaldson nodded in David Cotterill’s cross for his eighth goal of the season in the early stages and the Wales winger was involved again for Birmingham’s second, seeing his free-kick palmed into the path of Shotton by Ali al-Habsi.

Reading’s Stephen Quinn headed wide and later volleyed over, but the hosts otherwise lacked ideas to break down the visitors.

Gary Rowett’s side’s hopes of a play-off spot remain slim, but were slightly boosted by losses for rivals Ipswich, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday.

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