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Carrow Road (ATT 24,229) 30th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Norwich Norwich City vs Birmingham City Birm'ham


Canaries end Blues' run

Birmingham's 100 per cent record came to an end at Carrow Road

Last Updated: 30/08/08 5:30pm

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McLeish: End to winning run

McLeish: End to winning run

Norwich battled to a 1-1 draw against Birmingham at Carrow Road to end their visitor's 100 per cent start to the season.

The result also knocked Alex McLeish's Blues off the top of the Championship table as Norwich came from behind to earn a point.

Sebastian Larsson scored against the run of play to give Birmingham the half-time lead, but Darel Russell struck straight after the break to deny McLeish's men a fourth straight league win.

Kevin Phillips almost came up with another late winner for the Blues, but Norwich goalkeeper David Marshall pulled off a fine save to keep the veteran at bay.

McLeish reinstated his first-choice front pairing of Phillips and James McFadden following the Carling Cup exit at Southampton in midweek, but it was the hosts who dominated the opening half.


Phillips was quick to get a sight of goal, whipping in a long-range effort which was held by Marshall in the third minute.

But Norwich soon got into their stride and had the best chance of the early exchanges when makeshift forward Russell's shot had to be tipped round the post by Birmingham goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

As the half wore on Birmingham came back into the game with Phillips driving a 20-yard shot over the crossbar.

And their goal came in the 39th minute after Ryan Bertrand had up-ended McFadden. The Scottish striker floated in a free-kick and Larsson arrived at the near post to send his header past Marshall and into the net for his first goal of the season.

But Norwich were level within a minute of the restart, and Arturo Lupoli was at the heart of the move.

The former Arsenal frontman ran at the Birmingham defence before squaring the ball to Russell, who made no mistake with a drilled shot past the helpless Taylor.

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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