Federici tribute can't save Reading

Reading fans were out in force to support their Socceroo keeper Adam Federici but it wasn’t enough as the Royals lost 1-0 to Birmingham City at home on Wednesday night.

Federici has received an outpouring of support since his costly blunder saw the Royals beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on the weekend.

A Twitter campaign - #FlagsForFeds – was almost immediately started with fans planning to bring Aussie flags or wear pink, the same colour as his goalkeeping jersey, to Wednesday night’s clash.

And they were true to their word.

Reading boss Steve Clarke had no qualms about playing the 30-year-old shot-stopper, saying before the Birmingham game at the Madejski Stadium: "Adam was always going to have a good game.

"He's a normally very solid, reliable, goalkeeper who made a couple of really good saves. Like I said to yourselves before the game, there were no doubts about him.

"Overall it was a good performance from the team, but no points. That's the reality,” he told www.readingfc.co.uk

Reading remain in the bottom half of the Championship but are set to avoid relegation.