With no fewer than eight changes to the side that took on Crystal Palace, Steve Coppell gave a start to new signing John Halls, resting Graeme Murty.
On 31 minutes, Reading opened the scoring through Shane Long scoring his first goal in front of the home fans, with a well struck low shot that beat Mark Taylor at his right hand post. At half time Reading were 1-0 up.
On 57 minutes David Dunn replaced Emile Heskey in the Birmingham side. Picking up a Chris Sutton flick 10 minutes after coming on, Dunn easily swept in an equalising goal past Stack. The final score ended 1-1, earning Reading a replay at St Andrews.
|New boy John Halls is challenged by two Birmingham City players|
|Brynjar Gunnarsson chasted by Chris Sutton|
|Stephen Hunt persued by Jermaine Pennant|
|James Harper gets ready to shoot|
|Goal scorer Shane Long is tripped by Tebily|
|Pennant, Harper & Hunt challenge for the ball|
|Steve Sidwell give the thumbs up|