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SECOND CITY BLUES

12-11-2007

Not for the first time this season, it was a case of "if only" for Birmingham City, who were left to rue a couple of rejected penalty appeals. It always hurts, of course, but it hurts more against the Villa.

The 105th Blues/Villa derby and it was won by the team in claret and blue - although the result doesn't reflect the actual game. Basically Blues outplayed Villa, and were denied 2 blatant penalties. At least it proved that we are more than capable of competing in the top flight.

An own goal from former Villa player Ridgewell was hard luck to say the least. Plus points for Blues are that Daniel De Ridder continues to look like a quality player and Forssell seems back to his old self. Steve Bruce's decisions were spot on, apart from taking off Cameron Jerome who ran his socks off all game once again.

My biggest concern from this game and it doesn't just concern Blues or Villa it's the Premier League and the quality, or rather lack of quality refs.

Steve Bennett missed two penalties - two penalties that may have changed the game. It's not just in this game, it's all over the Premier League. Personally I feel they should have video-ref which the referee can consult to if he isn't sure of a decision.

(To see Dave Woodhall's pre-match Villa blog, click here)

Is Callum right - are video refs the answer? Or is it just another Blues hard-luck story? Leave a comment on our Message Board.

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