FA Cup semi-finalists Reading returned to Championship action with defeat on Wednesday as Clayton Donaldson claimed the points for Birmingham City in a 1-0 win.
Steve Clarke’s side fell at the penultimate hurdle of the competition at the weekend when a howler from Adam Federici ensured Alexis Sanchez sent Arsenal through in extra-time.
Clarke kept faith with the Australian goalkeeper for Wednesday’s clash at Madejski Stadium and Federici was on course for a clean sheet.
However, Donaldson scored his 15th league goal of the campaign seven minutes from time.
The former Brentford man – described by manager Gary Rowett as “almost undroppable” in the build-up – headed home Stephen Gleeson’s cross to move Birmingham into 13th.
Reading remain 19th and safe from relegation despite a winless league run that now stretches back seven games.
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