Paul Ince lead the relegation-threatened Reading to three points as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Lucas Joao opened the scoring for the home side in the 67th minute before John Swift doubled their advantage from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. A late own goal by Tom McIntryre gave the visitors a consolation goal.
Reading’s Paul Ince: “I never really envisaged to be back in the dugout but it feels better to have a win. It’s been a few years away and a few years since I managed. But I’ve got football in my blood and I’ve always wanted to show that. But I’m 54, it’s not like I’m 84. It’s not as if you forget how to ride a bike – I know how to manage, I’ve done it before. My CV is as good as anyone’s.”
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “It was the same old things again. We weren’t ruthless enough in the final third. I don’t know how many times we got in and around their goal in the first half – it must have been at least six. We just needed to make the right pass. But it kept happening all night long. We just didn’t take care enough. So many passes went across the face of their goal but no one was gambling for the tap-in. We were just so poor in that final third tonight and I don’t know why. It’s so frustrating.”
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