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Ashton Gate (ATT 12,093) 16th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Naylor

Bristol C Bristol City vs Birmingham City Birm'ham

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Birm'ham 1

W Elliott (16)

Bristol City are relegated

Championship: Bristol City consigned to relegation after defeat by Birmingham

Last Updated: 17/04/13 8:21am

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Wade Elliott: Scored the winner in the first half for Birmingham

Wade Elliott: Scored the winner in the first half for Birmingham

Bristol City were the first club to be relegated from the Championship after Birmingham eked out a 1-0 victory thanks to Wade Elliott's first-half strike.

Wolves' 1-0 win over Hull coupled with Barnsley's 1-1 draw against Derby left the Robins 11 points adrift of safety with nine to play for.

Sean O'Driscoll's appointment in mid-January saw a significant upturn in results at Ashton Gate, but poor away form and back-to-back home defeats in quick succession proved their downfall.

Elliott scored the only goal of the game when he slipped the ball past Tom Heaton in the 16th minute to move Blues up to 12th in the table.

After a quiet start, the Robins had the first chance when Brendan Moloney's cross was cleared to Liam Kelly but his long-range volley flew wide of Jack Butland's goal.

Blues responded when a pinpoint cross from Shane Ferguson found Nikola Zigic who sent a header back across goal but Heaton saved superbly.

Birmingham took the lead shortly afterwards when a clever run and pass from Nathan Redmond sent Elliott clear and he coolly slotted home his ninth goal of the season.

The visitors were on top, with Ferguson not too far away with a 30-yard free-kick that just cleared the crossbar and Zigic putting the ball in the net only to see a flag for offside.

Bristol City, who went into the game on the back of a five-match winless streak, were inches away from an equaliser in the 39th minute when Steven Davies drilled the ball across the face of goal and the onrushing Sam Baldock just failed to make contact at the far post.

A superb jinking run and low drive from Redmond almost doubled Birmingham's advantage before the break but the ball whistled past the right-hand post.

The Championship's bottom club started the second half brightly and should really have levelled when Davies slipped the ball through for Baldock. He decided to take his shot early and Butland saved smartly.

Baldock spurned yet another good opening after 69 minutes when he connected well with Davies' knock-down but his 20-yard effort went wide.

Birmingham could have sealed it late on through Zigic, who should have done better when picked out by Ravel Morrison, and then Burke who wriggled free of his marker and beat Heaton with a low shot but Greg Cunningham cleared off the line.

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2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17