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How some of the broadsheets are reporting on Blues' Premier League home win against Burnley. • The Independent Burnley generosity has Benitez in tears An exalted position in the Fair Play League may yet earn relegated Burnley a place in the Europa League next season, although they took the after-you-Claude approach to extremes yesterday. First their goalkeeper Brian Jensen contributed an own goal to Birmingham's push to reach the 50-point mark and secure a top-10 finish for the first time since 1959. Burnley then allowed Christian Benitez, the on-loan Ecuador striker, to break his season-long scoring duck at St Andrew's before Steven Thompson's late consolation effort. Read Full Report • The Guardian Birmingham City's Christian Benítez capitalises on Burnley generosity It took 60 seconds for Birmingham to carve out their first chance of the day, Lee Bowyer heading wide when he should have scored from all of six yards out. "That's why we're going down," came the chant from the away end. After yet another chipper performance blighted by less solidity at the back than a self-assembly flat-pack wardrobe, it is no wonder Burnley fans take refuge in self-deprecating humour.. Read Full Report • The Telegraph Birmingham City 2 Burnley 1 Perversely, this loss to Birmingham City could seriously be regarded as something of a success by Burnley supporters. Given that they have already been relegated, such quibbles as conceded goals are no longer of concern, but the fact that they could play in Europe next season - through Uefa’s Fair Play league of all things - was so much more important than Steven Thompson’s consolation goal three minutes from time. Read Full Report • The Times Birmingham show fair play is no match for tactical nous Fair play? Hardly, Mr Laws. The idea that Burnley could qualify for Europe under Uefa’s Fair Play league was shown up in all its absurdity yesterday. They were comfortably defeated by Birmingham, a club promoted with them from the Championship but who should finish in the top half of the Premier League and record their best league finish in 51 years, rather than accompany them straight back down. Read Full Report McLeish's View: Burnley (h)
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