Jhmari Clarke scored a brace to help Reading secure one of the comeback football scores of the weekend in the Championship. His first goal was the first that Reading has managed in nearly seven hours of football, 409 minutes to be precise. Clark then scored in the 82nd minute to give the visitors the lead. This was after Birmingham opened the scoring for the Blues in the third minute.
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “I didn’t think we played well at all. Even the things we are good at – competing and second balls – were better than us and I couldn’t see that happening today. I was really confident going into the game – I thought we’d take that winning mentality into this one. I felt Reading was there for the taking if we wanted it. But maybe it was one game too many for the small group we have left.”
Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “It took him [Clarke] a couple of times to finish the second goal – and it took a few years off my life before it hit the net! But he did well. He’s a young lad with very good potential and given the circumstances, he was called up and did very well.” he added. “I was thinking how we were going to fix it and I know we have options every game and I know we can flip results. The inconsistency and the complacency they [Birmingham] showed were our allies and we took our chances and did very well in the second half.”
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