Reading 2-1 Birmingham Highlights
Two Andre Bikey headers gave Reading three vital points and deepened Birmingham’s relegation fears.
The hosts almost took the lead when Stephen Hunt’s drive hit the bar, but they went ahead when Bikey glanced in John Oster’s free-kick on 31 minutes.
After the break, Mikael Forssell did superbly to cross low into the box for Mauro Zarate to slot in an equaliser.
But Reading snatched a crucial victory when Bikey nodded into the bottom corner from Nicky Shorey’s free-kick.
Reading made a fast start to a match that both sides were desperate not to lose, with the relegation zone only a few points below them.
And the hosts almost took an early advantage, but Kevin Doyle could not stretch enough to turn in a low cross.