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Birmingham City Fans Verdict: Royals Slip To Poor Defeat

How the Loyal Royals reacted to some of the key talking points to come from yet another Championship loss at home - this time to Birmingham City.

Mark Bowen and his team would’ve been coming into the game on Saturday full of confidence after Puscas’ sensational performance last weekend grabbed a brilliant three points. However, that confidence was short lived as Birmingham took all three points back to the Midlands on Saturday afternoon.

The day got off to the worst possible start as, after thinking they would both be back and fit for the game, both Ovie Ejaria and Sam Baldock weren’t even in the matchday squad - which the fans certainly weren’t happy about.

A poor own goal from Michael Morrison, a sensational free kick from Bela and a sucker punch counter attack goal was enough to see off Reading, who were poor pretty much all afternoon - Bowen’s honeymoon period is most definitely over.

And the day just got worse and worse as Reading never got out of first gear and slumped to a poor defeat. The fans were left angry and frustrated at a number of things, and took to Twitter after the game to vent their understandable opinions...

Team news

After being lacklustre to say the least for 75 minutes last weekend against Wigan, Bowen surprisingly went with an unchanged eleven for the game against Blues - much to the fans' bemusement.

Star man Ovie Ejaria was also once again nowhere to be seen on the teamsheet even though Bowen’s comments during the week led many to believe Ovie would be back for this game. Key men Swift and Baldock also missed the game injured once again - and the performance showed how badly we need all three of them back as soon as possible.

Here’s how the fans reacted at 2pm when the lineups were announced, and I think it’s fair to say that they weren’t happy...

The referee

Now there is no way that the referee should be used as the prime reason why Reading lost this match - the main reason we lost was our poor performance. But, for far too long now the officiating in the Championship has been really poor and it left a lot to be desired once more on Saturday afternoon.

It cannot be used as an excuse, and referees get stick game in game out for every decision they make - but the man in the middle on Saturday got even more stick than usual both during and after the game.

Rightly or wrongly, the referee was definitely a talking point after the game and the fans were certainly not happy with the referee’s performance - and took to Twitter after the game to show their thoughts...

The performance

Ultimately, how you perform on the pitch decides the result you get more often than not - and that was certainly the case for Reading against Blues. Reading were sloppy in possession, lacked organisation at the back and just generally had a bad day at the office.

It highlighted once again just how vital both John Swift and Ovie Ejaria are to this team, without them we are half the team and lack a lot of creativitiy and guile - the sooner they are back the better.

Hopefully Bowen will eradicate performances like this in the weeks to come, because many more of them and we will begin to slip down the table again. The fans certainly weren’t pleased with what they saw...

Conclusion

A really, really bad day at the office for Reading. A day to forget and an immediate chance to show a reaction as we travel to Barnsley on Wednesday which is another massive game - let’s just hope that Ovie is back shall we?

Hopefully Bowen and the players learn from their mistakes this time and show us something different in Yorkshire.

URZ