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KINGS OF BIRMINGHAM

26-04-2010

It was a controversial way to win a less than enthralling game, but no matter. Villa have recorded their sixth win in a row over Blues and kept their Champions League hopes alive at the same time. Dave Woodhall gloats.....

12 o’clock on Sunday isn’t the best time to watch football but that’s the way it is these days. Not that there was much wrong with the atmosphere inside a packed Villa Park yesterday. The build-up had been more low-key than usual but that didn’t stop the intensity from reaching its usual fever pitch.

The game did its best, though. There wasn’t a great deal of quality and Brad Friedel had to make a couple of good saves. Second half, and Blues seemed to settle for a point a long time before the final whistle with Villa running short on ideas not long after.

It seemed neither side would score until the penalty incident, which was at the far end of the ground to me, and I haven’t seen on TV yet so I can’t really comment.

Blues’ players seemed a bit upset and Alex McLeish added to the hilarity with his comments after the game about big clubs getting the decisions.

Good to see him accept his team’s place in the scheme of things. Good also to see Stephen Carr revert to type with a continued bit of abuse towards the crowd that will see him in trouble with the FA.

James Milner – later to be named PFA Young Player of the Year – scored, and the celebrations began We even had a flare let off, courtesy of what should now be called the Curva Nord Ultras.

It wasn’t pretty, it was effective and with Spurs losing on Saturday we’re right back in the reckoning. We also made sure of qualifying for the Europa League, for whatever good that might do. Six in a row.

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