POL INS has successfully resumed its managerial career after more than eight years of absence when the new interim boss Reading saw his relegation-threatened relegation team beat Birmingham 2-1.
Ince, a 54-year-old former Manchester United and England midfielder, did not lead the game after leaving Blackpool in January 2014.
Birmingham dominated most of the first half, Reading attacking only at the break, but no goal was a serious threat in a tame affair.
Reading weakened 2-0 in the middle of the second period through Lucas Joao and a penalty from John Swift, but Tom McIntyre’s late own goal became tense.
Velka Paunovic, Redding’s manager, left by mutual consent on Saturday shortly after his 3-2 victory over Preston, the team’s first victory in 12 league matches.
Ince, also a former manager of Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn and Notts County, was appointed interim boss along with Michael Gilks, director of the Berkshire Club Academy.
Reading, having not won 10 home league matches, started brightly when Ince patrolled his technical zone.
Joao made a strong run from the depths, but his pass to winger Tom Ins – the son of a new boss and a lease from Stoke – weighed too much, and City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge came together easily.
Birmingham gradually pursued only Jordan James, who struck a restrained blow to the head in the goalkeeper of the hosts Carl Hayne, and then Juninho Bakuna saw how well inflicted the blow, deflected by.
Lyle Taylor made an even better discovery, but his 20-yard lacked accuracy, and Hane comfortably escaped.
Reading relied mainly on the counterattack, a great run by Junior Hoylett ended only with a late challenge by Christian Pedersen.
Hoylett then deftly crossed to the left, but Tom Ince wildly raided the far post.
Birmingham seized the initiative after the break, but despite all future efforts, they did not pay much attention.
Once they found their range, Heine had to save wisely to deny James.
Reading responded with a good job to the left of Swift, but from his sharp pass Tom Ins thwarted Etheridge’s attempt.
It was thanks to Swift’s more agile work – when he released Joao – that Reading took the lead in the 67th minute.
Joao crashed into the City zone before making his way with low effort past Etheridge’s desperate dive, scoring his fifth goal in seven games.
Six minutes later Reading scored 2-0. Angel Hernandez cut off Andy Yadom’s overlap, and Swift scored his 11th goal in the campaign.
City reduced the deficit in the 82nd minute when Hane sent Hernandez’s canopy to the post, and the ball bounced off McIntyre’s teammate.
But Reading managed to hold on to the much-needed victory.