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St Andrews Stadium (ATT 22,287) 16th January 2011 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: M Clattenburg

Birm'ham Birmingham City vs Aston Villa A Villa

Birm'ham 1

R Johnson (49)

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A Villa 1

J Collins (73)

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Last Updated at 1:53 pm, January 16th 2011

  1. So it's honours even on a day that the defenders take the plaudits, not least Johnson and Collins for getting the goals! Thanks for your company and don't forget to follow the report and reaction next! For now, it's goodbye from me!

  2. Full-time

  3. 90+3

    CASUAL! Blues pump the long ball into the box and it should be Friedel's but he is far too casual and Zigic beats him to the ball but he nods it inches wide!

  4. 90+2

    Ferguson winces in pain after taking studs to the chest from Albrighton, while it looks like a flare has been let off in the ground. Lets hope we don't get the scenes of the Carling Cup!

  5. 90+1

    Into three mins of added time, time for another goal?!

  6. 90

    ...They look long for Zigic but the flag is raised against the Serb for offside!

  7. 90

    Into the last minute and Blues are on the front foot...

  8. 89

    Bentley tries his luck from long range but it's no repeat of the goal his scored against Arsenal for Spurs!

  9. 88

    Bannan delivers to the back stick but Dunne has his hands all over Gardner and Blues win a free-kick!

  10. 88

    ...Corner to Villa!

  11. 87

    Blues have the ball in Villa's area with Bowyer but he can't find a team-mate and Villa win a free-kick...

  12. 86

    YELLOW: Collins is unfashionable late on his challenge on Ferguson and he gets a booking for his troubles!

  13. 85

    BAR! Five mins of normal time to go and Delfouneso smashes the bar with a long-range effort!

  14. 84

    BLUES SUB: It's Derbyshire who makes way for Bowyer and it looks like McLeish is settling for a point!

  15. 84

    CHANCE! Albrighton stands a ball to the back post and Dunne heads goal wards! Ridgewell clears but only as far as Collins who hits it wide!

  16. 83

    Corner to Villa...

  17. 83

    Blues have had Villa penned back in the last five mins but an error from Ridgewell invites pressure onto the hosts.

  18. 82

    I'm surprised Bentley has lasted this long, I saw Bowyer getting ready for action moments ago, perhaps he will be replacing the on-loan man?

  19. 81

    Bentley eyes up the free-kick but he's not going to be the hero on this occasion as he fires it over!

  20. 81

    There's a streaker on the pitch! Whatever next?!

  21. 80

    Free-kick to Blues with Albrighton recklessly fouling Gardner!

  22. 79

    Villa manage to clear after another scramble in the box!

  23. 79

    I have no idea which way this one is going to go but I sense another goal!

  24. 78

    ...BLOCK! Gardner turns the ball goalwards and Derbyshire tries to poke it home but Dunne puts his body on the line and Villa survive!

  25. 78

    Looks like Blues are preparing another change as they enjoy possession in Villa's half...

  26. 77

    BLUES SUB: Hleb is sacrificed for Zigic and Blues go more attacking in their formation.

  27. 76

    CHANCE! Agbonlahor finds Delfouneso in the area, who tees up Downing for the shot but Foster gets his angles right and he makes a super stop!

  28. 75

    It's the Villa fans' turn to be in full voice and the momentum is with the visitors!

  29. 74

    All square here now and Villa have been pressing for that equaliser for some time!

  30. The ball comes into the box and Collins gets on the end of it and he powers the ball past Foster with the aid of a deflection off Ridgewell! Game on!

  31. 73

    GOAL! COLLINS!

  32. 72

    Blues make a strong appeal for a penalty but Dunne was merely too strong for Derbyshire!

  33. 71

    VILLA SUBS: Bannan comes on for Reo-Coker, while Carew makes way for Delfouneso. So youth replaces experience!

  34. 70

    Twenty mins to go in this one and it looks like Villa are turning to their bench...

  35. 69

    It's been very stop-start this half.

  36. 68

    Blues fail to muster a chance from the set-piece but Clark is equally wasteful with his cross which sails out for a Blues goal kick.

  37. 67

    Blues enjoy a respite from Villa's pressure as Collins commits a bookable foul on Bentley but escapes without caution.

  38. 66

    Interestingly I've just learnt that Johnson is the sixth defender/midfielder to score for Birmingham since a striker last did! That's what you call utility!

  39. 65

    Not if Foster has anything to say as he prods the ball behind for a corner and then holds onto Downing's long ranger!

  40. 64

    YELLOW! Carr goes into the book after seemingly winning the ball in his challenge on Clark! Will this be costly?

  41. 63

    Villa are applying more pressure on Blues' defence now - to be expected!

  42. 62

    Looks like Zigic is being prepared for Blues!

  43. 61

    CHANCE! Villa have another attacking free-kick but Downing has no joy as he sends his shot over!

  44. 60

    CHANCE! Blues rampage again and Carr's ball is deflected into Gardner's path and he smacks it on the volley but gets it horribly wrong!

  45. 59

    ...SAVE! Derbyshire drives a low shot but Friedel makes an exceptional save and Villa clear their lines! What a save from the 39-year-old!!

  46. 59

    Blues survive another nervy moment and here they come on the attack...

  47. 58

    Hleb loses out to Dunne but Villa fail to build from the back!

  48. 57

    Just saw a replay of Clark's chance - it actually hit Johnson's arm but Clattenburg was unsighted! A let off for Blues!

  49. 56

    ...Petrov sizes this one up but he hits it narrowly over!

  50. 55

    Hleb concedes a silly foul on Reo-Coker and it's Villa's turn with a free-kick...

  51. 55

    CHANCE! Clark wins his latest tussle with Bentley and he gets into Blues' box before seeing his cross-cum shot go inches wide!

  52. 54

    Cheers ring out as Murphy makes a crucial challenge to halt Walker's stampede down the right!

  53. 53

    Blues are knocking it around nicely and St Andrews is rocking at the mo!

  54. 52

    Walker wins Villa a free-kick but Blues are resolute in defence and Murphy makes the block from Albrighton's cross!

  55. 51

    This was a game simmering nicely, but now it's come to the boil!

  56. 50

    Johnson is down the other end doing some defending but Foster helps his team-mate out and holds onto the ball!

  57. Gardner's free-kick is going wide but Murphy deflects it into the path of Johnson and he slots it home! First blood to Blues!

  58. 49

    GOAL! JOHNSON!

  59. 49

    Collins hangs a leg out as Hleb tries to wriggle past him and Blues win a free-kick in a useful position...

  60. 48

    Downing leads the charge but he tries to play a cute ball which is easily cut out. Blues gift possession back to Villa and Carew is found in the box but Ridgewell makes a the block and benefits from the decision. Goal kick to Blues.

  61. 47

    Here come Villa now!

  62. 47

    Blues don't enjoy as bright a start as Villa did in the first-half as Gardner over runs the ball.

  63. 46

    Villa get the second half under way but they immediately lose possession!

  64. 45

    KICK-OFF:

  65. Right, I'm going to wolf down a banana and hopefully I'll be done by the time the second-half is with us!

  66. Also, if you want to bet on the next goalscorer: Derbyshire 15/2 Gardner 9/1 Hleb 14/1

  67. SKY BETare back in touch with the latest: Birmingham 11/5 Draw 5/4 Aston Villa 19/10

  68. Villa fail to capitalise from the free-kick and it's goalless at St Andrews. Both teams had chances to open the scoring in what was an absorbing first-half.

  69. Half time!

  70. 45+2

    CHANCE! Albrighton's ball causes problems in Blues area and Carr gives away a cheap foul on the left by line to give Villa one last chance...

  71. 45+2

    Clark is starting to win his head-to-head with Bentley as he makes another good decision in blocking the midfielder's shot! Is Bentley tiring?

  72. 45+1

    Into two mins of added time!

  73. 45

    Bentley tries to buy a corner but Clark does his job and Villa win a goal kick. Not much time left in this opening period.

  74. 44

    Villa counter-attack from the corner and Albrighton gets his shot off but he hits the side netting!

  75. 43

    Carr makes something happen as he bombs down the right and he picks out Hleb who shoots first time but Collins makes the block and Blues have a corner!

  76. 42

    The game as dulled somewhat, but here come Blues...

  77. 41

    So perhaps expect the giant that is Zigic to come on in the second-half, or the maybe former Villa front man and PL goal machine Phillips might make an appearance?!

  78. 40

    Bentley plays a first-time through ball aiming for Derbyshire but the striker is still showing signs he is feeling that ankle knock!

  79. 39

    I think that Albrighton is breathing a sigh of relief there - interestingly the only penalty Blues have won was in the Carling Cup game!

  80. 38

    PENALTY SHOUTS! First Gardner's cross hits Walker on the arm but it's too to give it. The move continues as Murphy gets into the box and goes down under pressure from Albrighton but Clattenburg says no penalty!

  81. 37

    ...Carr finds Fahey in support and he plays a clever ball to the far post aiming for Gardner but Walker manages to hook it away for a throw-in.

  82. 36

    Carr leads another Blues attack...

  83. 35

    ...it opens up for Hleb but he fails to pull the trigger, opting to lay it off to Bentley who is closed down by Clark and the chance goes amiss.

  84. 34

    Birmingham build another attack...

  85. 33

    ...But Fahey's cross from wide right is disappointing and Friedel easily claims the ball!

  86. 32

    Birmingham are building an attack...

  87. 31

    While this one has failed to deliver goals yet, it's being played at such a good tempo and I've been really impressed with Bentley so far. You wouldn't have guessed he's only started one PL game before today's this season!

  88. 30

    Half-an-hour gone already - gee whiz this one is flying by!

  89. 29

    ...Downing's corner is kept alive by Dunne but Carr is on the line and he manages to head it clear! Dunne is winning his aerial battle with Ridgewell on set-pieces.

  90. 29

    Corner to Villa...

  91. 28

    ...CHANCE! And Ferguson lays the ball off to Fahey on the edge of the area but he doesn't catch it properly and Friedel gathers.

  92. 27

    Blues are building up play nicely...

  93. 26

    It looks like Derbyshire twisted his ankle when jostling with Reo-Coker. He's trying to run it off but it doesn't look too promising for the former Blackburn man.

  94. 25

    Villa fail to threaten from the free-kick and Blues look to break but Reo-Coker comes to his side's rescue with a ball-winning challenge on Derbyshire.

  95. 24

    Clark does superbly to make an interception as Bentley collects the ball. The same cannot be said of Murphy who is struggling at left-back as he fouls Albrighton!

  96. 24

    This game is unrelenting!

  97. 23

    BAR! Villa come on the attack and Clark's cross hits the bar before Blues get the ball away to safety!

  98. 22

    MISS! Walker is caught in possession by Gardner who picks out Derbyshire in the six yard box but he makes an air shot in his attempt! What a chance!

  99. 22

    Already eight shots between both of these sides but neither of them have hit the target!

  100. 21

    BAR! Walker is the source as he gets the better of Murphy and he spots Carew at the back stick. The striker powers a header against the cross bar but it wouldn't have counted with Carew penalised for pushing.

  101. 20

    Friedel, making his 250th successive appearance in the PL hoofs one long but it bypasses his team-mates and Foster collects.

  102. 19

    Villa are pressing high up the pitch though and they soon get back onto the ball.

  103. 18

    Birmingham are looking inventive on the ball today with Hleb and Bentley at the heart of another spell of possession.

  104. 17

    Derbyshire gets his first chance to run with the ball but he runs down a cul-de-sac in Walker.

  105. 16

    There's been a lot of probing so far by both sides but neither have carved out genuine chances since the opening minutes.

  106. 15

    Fahey leads Blues latest attack and he plays a neat one-two with Hleb before skiing his shot. Good move until the finish!

  107. 14

    Agbonlahor comes on the attack and runs at Carr but the Blues skipper uses all his experience to force the Villa striker wide and Blues win a goal kick!

  108. 13

    Bentley turns away from Clark with a clever flick but Blues' attack peters out. Blues new boy Bentley has looked bright at the start of this match!

  109. 12

    Young Villa defender Clark will be one to watch today with Bentley attacking him down the wing. Clark is helped out by Reo-Coker on this occasion, who wins back possession for the visitors.

  110. 11

    Gardner, the lifelong Blues fan who spent five seasons at Villa, gets no love from his old team-mates as he takes one in the face and he requires treatment on the touchline.

  111. 10

    Blues enjoy some territorial advantage until Hleb loses out and Gardner is goaded into committing a foul.

  112. 9

    BAR! Walker enjoys his first roam into Blues' area and he stands a superb ball to Agbonlahor who nods it goalwards and Carew flicks it on strikes the bar!

  113. 8

    I have to say, I was not expecting such a frenetic start to this derby. But fair play to both sides for setting the stalls out early!

  114. 7

    Now it's Villa turn to have a corner and Downing floats one to the far post and Dunne nods it wide!

  115. 6

    Birmingham have a corner and Fahey picks out Johnson at the backpost but he can't direct his header on target! Blues are dangerous from set-pieces!

  116. 5

    What a start here! Don't think we're in for a 0-0 by all accounts!

  117. 4

    CHANCE! Bentley takes the free-kick and Gardner is found on the edge of the area and he goes for goal but he can't keep his effort down!

  118. 3

    YELLOW! Bentley leads Birmingham's first attack but he is recklessly taken out by Dunne who gets an early booking.

  119. 2

    CHANCE! Villa come on the attack again and Carew sets up Downing who hammers a low shot but it travels narrowly wide of the goal. What a start by the visitors!

  120. 1

    CHANCE! Foster dwells on the ball with Downing harassing the Blues goalkeeper and his clearance falls to Agbonlahor who beats Johnson and blasts a shot goalwards but he somehow skies it with the goal gaping!

  121. 1

    Birmingham, the hosts, get this one under way.

  122. KICK-OFF

  123. 1159

    Birmingham versus Aston Villa is next AND IT'S LIVE!

  124. 1159

    The players are out and there's only one thing left to say...

  125. 1155

    Villa have won just one of their last nine Premier League games and have gone 11 matches without a clean sheet.

  126. 1155

    Birmingham have fired in just 68 shots on target this season, fewer than any other team.

  127. 1155

    Aston Villa have dropped more points (14) from winning positions that any other team this season.

  128. 1154

    Here's a few more stats to consider before today's clash gets under way...

  129. 1153

    Rich, did you know that no Birmingham striker has found the net in any of the Blues' last eight league games! Maybe this is why Derbyshire has been given the lone front role?

  130. 1150

    Ten mins until kick-odff guys, keep the views coming in!

  131. 1139

    The views are coming in from you guys so without further delay...

  132. 1137

    Here's the match odds for today's clash: Birmingham 13/8 Draw 21/10 Aston Villa 15/8

  133. 1136

    SKY BET's Tom Davies emails in to say: "Were in the second city for the first of today's derbies and it's a game both sides will want to win. It looks like it'll be a tight game, with under 2.5 goals being backed at 8/13. Birmingham will take a defensive approach and the Blues can be backed at 13/2 to win 1-0. David Bentley could make his debut and is 14/1 to open the scoring. For Villa Agbonlahor is 7/1."

  134. 1135

    Fancy a bet on today's Midlands derby? Allow me to hand you over to our good friends SKY BET.

  135. 1133

    The last time these two sides met, it was the Carling Cup cracker and I was also on commentary duty for Blues' 2-1 win over Villa. Both sides are much-changed from that game but I'm still hoping for an open contest, unlike the Villa Park clash earlier in the season which was a dour 0-0!

  136. 1130

    For those who have the privilege, Sky Sports HD1's Super Sunday Hat Trick is getting under way with none other than Richard Keys hosting the triple-bill. But who's needs Keys when Ball is at the helm!!

  137. 1126

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  138. 1125

    Aston Villa: Friedel, Clark, Dunne, Collins, Walker, Albrighton, Petrov (c), Reo-Coker, Downing, Carew, Agbonlahor. Subs: Marshall, Pires, Delfouneso, Cuellar, Bannan, Hogg, Baker.

  139. 1124

    Birmingham: Foster, Carr (C), Johnson, Ridgewell, Murphy, Bentley, Ferguson, Hleb, Gardner, Fahey, Derbyshire. Subs: Taylor, Bowyer, Phillips, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch, Jiranek.

  140. 1122

    THE TEAM NEWS IS IN FOR THE SECOND CITY DERBY!

  141. 1120

    Good morning and welcome to coverage of Birmingham City versus Aston Villa, live from St Andrews.

  142. Updates will appear here...

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