Date: 25th July 2019 at 8:00am
Written by: Mark Day

It’s not a defeat, so let’s take some positives out of it.

Birmingham continued their pre-season campaign yesterday afternoon as they played a behind closed doors friendly away to Reading.

Whilst it may seem a bit pointless to play a pre-season friendly against someone who you’re going to be playing during the upcoming season, thus basically giving away your game plan right in front of them, this wasn’t the case for the Blues. They were in fact playing the Reading U23 side as the senior team got ready to face Peterborough instead.

Regardless of who they were playing though, the team selection was the first thing that caught the eyes of the Birmingham supporters. The Blues lined up with two different teams to start each half, with one exception. Goalkeeper Lee Camp was scheduled to start both halves with David Stockdale resigned to the bench, and a lot of fans weren’t too happy with this.

I think that’s a little bit harsh on the lad, he kept twelve clean sheets last season, better than 1 in 4 so he wasn’t completely useless as some fans might suggest.

Whilst not too many details came out about the match, as it shouldn’t do with behind closed doors friendlies, all we do know is that the game finished 1-1, with Kerim Mrabti getting the goal for the visitors and the hosts scoring a late equaliser. Whilst they didn’t have much to go off, that didn’t stop these Birmingham fans jumping to conclusions.

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