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David Bentley challenges Ciaran Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Zigic has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Barry Bannan concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Fahey crosses the ball.
David Bentley produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Direct free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Barry Ferguson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from own half, Roger Johnson makes a clearance. Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance by Craig Gardner.
James Collins receives a yellow card. Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the left by-line, clearance made by Barry Ferguson. Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
James Collins goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance. Foul by James Collins on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Matt Derbyshire goes off and Lee Bowyer comes on.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Richard Dunne produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, David Murphy gets a block in. Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Marc Albrighton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Bentley.
The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey, clearance by Ciaran Clark. David Bentley takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley.
Alexander Hleb goes off and Nikola Zigic comes on.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The ball is delivered by Nathan Delfouneso, clearance by David Murphy.
James Collins fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa.
Barry Bannan on for Nigel Reo-Coker. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Nathan Delfouneso coming on for John Carew.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Matt Derbyshire. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross. Ciaran Clark delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by Roger Johnson.
Roger Johnson produces a cross.
James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Direct free kick taken by David Bentley.
Ciaran Clark sends in a cross.
Corner from right by-line taken by Stewart Downing.
Stephen Carr goes into the referee's book. Foul by Stephen Carr on Ciaran Clark, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Albrighton from left wing, save by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Ciaran Clark crosses the ball, save made by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Stewart Downing.
Centre by Stephen Carr, Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr, Craig Gardner produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is delivered by John Carew, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
Matt Derbyshire takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
Foul by Keith Fahey on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Alexander Hleb results in a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov shoots direct from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark, blocked by Roger Johnson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross.
Long range effort by James Collins goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Craig Gardner. Kyle Walker takes the direct free kick.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
Roger Johnson gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Aston Villa.David Murphy provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by James Collins. David Bentley restarts play with the free kick. Craig Gardner takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by James Collins. David Bentley takes the free kick. Craig Gardner takes a shot. David Murphy gets a block in.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson.
Centre by Marc Albrighton. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Marc Albrighton. Marc Albrighton restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against John Carew. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Marc Albrighton misses to the left of the target.
Stephen Carr produces a cross, Alexander Hleb takes a shot. Clearance made by James Collins. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Bentley, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance made by James Collins.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Nigel Reo-Coker.
Corner taken short by David Bentley.
The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Matt Derbyshire. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Nigel Reo-Coker challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
Foul by Marc Albrighton on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by David Murphy, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton, clearance made by Craig Gardner.
The ball is delivered by Alexander Hleb, Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Foul by Ciaran Clark on David Bentley, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Stewart Downing delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Ciaran Clark. Centre by Marc Albrighton.
David Bentley sends in a cross, comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is crossed by Craig Gardner.
Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by John Carew results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Shot from just outside the area by Keith Fahey misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Craig Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Kyle Walker produces a cross, John Carew takes a shot.
Stewart Downing is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Richard Dunne goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton, David Murphy gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by David Bentley, Close range header by Roger Johnson misses to the right of the goal.
Short corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Richard Dunne for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Richard Dunne results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley from right wing. Effort on goal by Craig Gardner from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Richard Dunne is booked. Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Richard Dunne results in a .
Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
The game kicks-off.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The match has reached full-time.
Bentley set for derby debut
Birmingham newcomer David Bentley is included in the squad for the Barclays Premier League derby clash with Aston Villa at St Andrew's on Sunday after signing on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the season.
Blues will be without central defender Scott Dann who suffered a torn hamstring during the midweek Carling Cup semi-final setback at West Ham.
Manager Alex McLeish may switch Liam Ridgewell from left-back into the heart of the defence or draft in Martin Jiranek as a straight swap for Dann.
Midfielder Lee Bowyer is available after completing a three-game ban.
McLeish believes Birmingham have been denied half a dozen clear-cut penalties this season because they are an "unfashionable" club and are not getting a fair crack of the whip from officials.
The City boss feels they have been on the wrong end of several crucial spot-kick decisions by referees which could have altered the course of their campaign.
Blues' failure to be awarded a penalty during the Carling Cup semi-final with West Ham - when Matthew Upson appeared to push Barry Ferguson - was the final straw for McLeish.
He has now felt the need to state the case publicly for his side after seeing other managers complain about not getting a fair deal from officials - and then seeing their fortunes change.
McLeish told Press Association Sport: "We've definitely been on the wrong side of decisions with penalties this season, without question.
"You wonder what we've got to do to get a penalty.
"You've seen the handball by Robin van Persie, the double handball against Villa (Nigel Reo-Coker), the Blackpool player, Craig Cathcart, then Seamus Coleman handling against Everton.
"They are all crucial decisions. People might people say `Everton, they were the better team' or `Arsenal were the better team by a mile' when they played us.
"But it could be so different if you get the decisions that are clear-cut. We haven't had a fair share of bad decisions."
Aston Villa will be without key duo Emile Heskey and Ashley Young through suspension.
Striker Heskey will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his straight red card against Sunderland 10 days ago.
Winger Young is suspended for one match after he was sent off for two bookable offences in the FA Cup win at Sheffield United last weekend.
On-loan Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is expected to make his league debut for Villa after scoring against the Blades.
Villa have no new injury concerns with full-back Luke Young and Fabian Delph (both knee) are not yet ready to return.
Young could return to action within a fortnight after a visit to the specialist confirmed no serious damage.
Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun has signed but will not be eligible to play for up to two weeks while he obtains a work permit.
Manager Gerard Houllier admits the derby is "a must-win game" in the battle to climb clear of relegation trouble.
Houllier wants to make up for the "hurt" of Villa losing the Carling Cup quarter-final between the two clubs at St Andrew's last month.
He is aware of the bigger picture and Villa's need to lift themselves out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League.
But Houllier also wants to put a smile back on the faces of the Villa fans by defeating their local rivals after the tonic of last weekend's win at Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
Houllier said: "We, the staff and the players, are aware this is an opportunity to please our fans and to give them some good stuff to enjoy.
"Like them, we are hurt and not happy with the position we are in at this moment in the Premier League. We are in this together.
"It is another incentive to do well, first of all because it is a derby and, for the fans, it is very important.
"But also because we don't want to stay in the position we are.
"It is a challenge and we need to get out of this position as soon as possible.
"I was also hurt at seeing Birmingham in the semi-final of the Carling Cup because I think we should have been there
"Birmingham deserved it because they got there (the semi-finals) but I think we helped them a bit."
Villa snatch derby point
James Collins rescued a precious point for Aston Villa as a pulsating relegation clash with locals rivals Birmingham ended 1-1 at St Andrew's.
Blues defender Roger Johnson put Alex McLeish's side in front early in the second period.
But Collins made no mistake from close range to salvage a share of the spoils for Villa.
Villa dominated the opening phase and final part of the game and hit the woodwork on three occasions.
But Birmingham also squandered several clear-cut opportunities.
Blues had defeated Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-final last month but Collins' point-saver means they have not beaten their rivals in a league game for nearly six years.
Villa made a positive start, with Stewart Downing playing just behind John Carew in a 4-1-4-1 formation, and could have taken the lead inside the first minute.
Downing put Blues keeper Ben Foster under pressure and his clearance went straight to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
He cut into the box unopposed but from 12 yards out fired over the bar.
Downing was only just wide with a powerful 20-yard drive as the home side looked nervy.
City retaliated and Villa defender Richard Dunne was yellow-carded after chopping down David Bentley in full flight.
Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner was only just off target with a 20-yard effort.
But Villa looked the more threatening and Carew hit the top of the bar after he flicked on a header from Agbonlahor following a cross by Kyle Walker.
Blues threatened seriously for the first time when Gardner robbed Walker and sent a low ball across the six-yard box but Matt Derbyshire failed to make any contact.
The Birmingham goal was living a charmed life and Ciaran Clark's cross from the left flank rattled against the crossbar with Foster stranded.
Barry Ferguson teed up Fahey 20 yards out after good play by Alexander Hleb but his shot did not extend Brad Friedel.
The home side appealed in vain for a penalty after Marc Albrighton wrestled with Gardner.
But referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on despite strong protests from the Blues players. It was now one-way traffic towards the Villa goal.
Collins cleared off the line from Hleb six minutes before half-time after Stephen Carr had turned the ball across goal.
Villa were the first to threaten at the start of the second half and Carew had a shot deflected wide by Liam Ridgewell from Agbonlahor's low cross.
But in the 49th minute Johnson put Blues ahead after Collins had brought down Hleb 30 yards out.
Gardner failed to make full contact on his low drive but David Murphy flicked the ball on and Johnson applied the finishing touch.
But Johnson was then relieved when he deflected a cross-shot from Clark inches wide of the post as Villa hit back.
Blues almost caught out the visitors on the counter-attack after a mistake by Dunne.
Ferguson played in Derbyshire whose low drive was beaten away by Friedel.
Then a misdirected header from Dunne dropped invitingly for Gardner but he opted to volley first time and was off target.
Carr was booked for bringing down Clark and Foster clung onto a low attempt from Downing.
After 73 minutes Collins brought Villa back on level terms.
Albrighton's centre found its way to the Welsh international and his shot took a deflection of Ridgewell before beating Foster.
Foster made a fine save to deny Downing after Nathan Delfouneso rolled the ball into his path.
Ridgewell came to City's rescue when he cleared Dunne's header off the line from an Albrighton centre.
Villa were now in control and Foster tipped a dipping drive from Delfouneso onto the bar.
In injury time Blues substitute Nikola Zigic outjumped Friedel but headed inches wide.
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