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St Andrews Stadium (ATT 19,630) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Birm'ham Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Birm'ham 2

W Elliott (pen 55, 90+6)

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Wolves 3

S Hunt (20)
S Ebanks-Blake (27, pen 37)

Championship: Wolves win 3-2 at Birmingham to move out of bottom three

Last Updated: 01/04/13 5:22pm

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake: Scored twice as Wolves beat Birmingham

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake: Scored twice as Wolves beat Birmingham

Wolves beat Birmingham 3-2 at St Andrew's on Easter Monday to climb out of the Championship relegation zone.

A devastating 17-minute spell stunned the home crowd into silence and proved enough to secure Wanderers' fourth win in five games, as well as their first league double over their neighbours in 14 years, despite a valiant fightback from the hosts.

Stephen Hunt converted the opener after 20 minutes following a largely quiet first quarter, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake taking advantage of some lackadaisical defending to head home a second.

Shane Ferguson clipped the outside of a post for Blues, who could feel somewhat hard done by on the overall balance of play as they then conceded a third, Kevin Doyle brought down by Jack Butland in the area and Ebanks-Blake slotting home the resulting penalty - with Smethwick-born David Davis playing his part in all three.

Yet Wade Elliott gave Blues hope early in the second half, converting a spot-kick and the home side had a host of further chances to reduce the deficit - Wes Thomas the most profligate figure, coming closest when he headed against a post.

The on-loan Bournemouth striker then nodded over before dragging two chances wide, with Nathan Redmond wasting a clear opening of his own when he blazed over from a good position.

Elliott set up a frantic finale when he converted his own rebound following a saved 95th-minute penalty but the thrilling derby defeat ended a three-match winning run for City, who despite being 10th in the table are themselves just five points off the drop zone.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6