Reading crashed to a woeful defeat at St. Andrews, conceding six goals as Blues winger Demarai Gray netted a hat-trick.
The morale of Reading fans in this game started pretty high, a promising team selection seeing striker Simon Cox deployed alongside Glenn Murray as The Royals sought a third game unbeaten.
Things took a turn for the worse when the match itself kicked off, Paul Caddis opening the scoring four minutes in. Gray then doubled the lead with a tidy finish after a strong run.
Glenn Murray got Reading 'back in the game' with a looping header, but the visitors had conceded again within five minutes- Gray the scorer. The game as a contest was certainly over when the 18-year-old finished off his hat-trick in first half stoppage time.
The credentials of manager Nigel Adkins were perhaps best evaluated by how a team is sent out in the second half, sadly for Nigel, Andrew Shinnie scoring for Birmingham a minute after the restart.
David Coterrill's free-kick made it six on the hour-mark and that was that. 67% possession, two more shots, three more corners... Five less goals.
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