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Fan Verdict: Reading 2-0 Birmingham City

Fanbase reaction to a comfortable victory over Birmingham City at the Mad Stad.

Reading v Crystal Palace - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Reading headed into the Carabao Cup fixture looking for their first win in all competitions (including pre-season friendlies) since April, and they duly delivered with an impressive performance against a much-changed Birmingham City.

A brilliant team goal opened the scoring, capped with an emphatic finish by Yakou Meite, and John Swift doubled the lead in the second half with a sumptuous free kick that dipped and swerved out of the reach of Lee Camp. Here’s what the Reading fans had to say about the win and some of the key moments of Tuesday night...

Liam Moore

It was pretty obvious before the game that this was going to be the fixture that saw Liam Moore integrated back into the side, but the question was how would his return be greeted by the Reading faithful? For the majority, very well.

Moore was also given the armband by Clement in the absence of Paul McShane, and slotted back in seamlessly with a typically solid display. Let’s have a look at what some of the Reading fans thought of Moore’s return.

Mo Barrow

Without doubt, Mo Barrow is one of Reading’s most powerful attacking weapons. His pace and trickery is enough to frighten most of the defenders in this league and Reading need him in the team consistently if they are going to challenge towards the top end of the table.

So, I think every Reading fan had their heart in their mouths when he went off injured midway through the first half on Tuesday night. With Sone Aluko, Garath McCleary and Adrian Popa all sidelined at the moment, it may leave the Royals with very little options on the wing. Here’s how Reading FC Twitter reacted to the Gambian’s injury...

A win... finally!

Reading have been searching for a win since a scrappy (but very important) 1-0 victory over Preston in April. The long wait finally came to an end on Tuesday night, which is the least Reading deserve considering their impressive performances in the opening two games of the season.

Marc McNulty and Sam Baldock linked up very effectively together, Meite looked very good once again and Swift showed signs of rediscovering his form from Stam’s first season. Tuesday night’s victory was a massive monkey off the back and now Reading can look forward to Saturday afternoon against Bolton with confidence of getting another win. Reading fans on Twitter certainly reacted well to the 2-0 win...

Conclusion

Tuesday night was a comfortable win - not every game will be against a second-string Birmingham City team, but the confidence that win will give the team is vital. Hopefully the boys can kick on now and start getting positive results in the league starting on Saturday afternoon against Bolton. Let’s all get behind the boys.

URZ!