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The John Smith's Stadium (ATT 14,161) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Nick Greenhalgh

Huddsf'ld Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City Birm'ham

Huddsf'ld 1

A Gerrard (31)

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Birm'ham 3

N Zigic (11)
K Bartley (66, 81, S/O 82)

Championship: Kyle Bartley scores twice to earn Birmingham a 3-1 win at Huddersfield

Last Updated: 09/11/13 5:57pm

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Kyle Bartley: Scored twice and was sent off

Kyle Bartley: Scored twice and was sent off

Kyle Bartley scored two second-half goals to earn Birmingham a 3-1 win at Huddersfield before being sent off for his celebrations in the Sky Bet Championship clash at the John Smith's Stadium.

The 6ft 4ins centre back, on loan for the season from Swansea, headed in Jesse Lingard's in-swinging corner on 65 minutes.

That made it 2-1 to the visitors and 15 minutes later he headed in Lingard's free kick only to see red for over-celebrating.

Bartley had been booked in the first half for a foul on Danny Ward and earned a second yellow for taking his shirt off after scoring his second goal.

Victory marked Birmingham boss Lee Clark's first win over Huddersfield since he was sacked by the club in February 2012.

The visitors took the lead early on but were pegged back when Anthony Gerrard scored on his return to the Town side after a training ground bust-up.

Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool ace Stephen, missed the previous two games following his involvement in an incident with Adam Clayton and Martin Paterson.

He made amends by flicking home a header from Adam Hammill's free kick on 31 minutes to level the scores at 1-1.

Hammill started despite being fined and told by boss Mark Robins to "grow up" for his reaction to being substituted in last week's defeat at Wigan.

Both teams came into this match with only two wins in their last 10 matches - with Town having lost three of their last four outings.

Birmingham made the brighter start thanks to ex-Huddersfield striker Lee Novak, who played in a wide role for the visitors.

He forced home keeper Alex Smithies into a good save early on. Lingard won a 50-50 in the centre circle and Nikola Zigic put Novak through.

Novak then helped put Birmingham in front with a shot from a tight angle on 11 minutes which Smithies did well to parry.

Serbian Zigic, who stands at 6ft 7ins, showed good athleticism to slide in at the far post and hook the rebound over the line from close range.

Novak, who joined on a free transfer in the summer, was a thorn in the side of his old club.

Smithies saved well when the Geordie fired in from 20 yards on 37 minutes and then saw a Novak header from a Mitch Hancox cross drift wide five minutes later.

The Terriers came more into it as the game went on. Sean Scannell twice went close while Ward headed over a Hammill free-kick on 23 minutes.

The sides traded blows early in the second half, with Novak again forcing Smithies to parry at one end and Hammill drilling just wide at the other.

Bartley's purple patch and red card followed, with Brum shutting up shop after that to snuff out any threat of a Huddersfield comeback.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

Match Reaction

Clark slams red card decision

Clark slams red card decision

Lee Clark believes passion is being squeezed out of football after two-goal hero Kyle Bartley was sent off for celebrating as Birmingham claimed a 3-1 win at Huddersfield.