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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 Bournemouth 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14