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Villa’s feat carried them into a involuntary graduation places for a initial time this season

Aston Villa eased to their seventh true joining win as they climbed to second in a Championship with a deserved derby delight over Birmingham City.

Albert Adomah put Villa brazen on a hour, steering home his 13th joining idea of deteriorate from 15 yards.

Conor Hourihane’s glorious dipping left-foot bombardment afterwards hermetic victory.

Cheikh Ndoye’s stoppage-time red label for a second bookable corruption serve injured Blues’ day.

  • Relive Villa’s feat over Birmingham City as it happened

The Senegal midfielder could have been discharged progressing though he transient punishment for a plea on Jack Grealish, before being requisitioned in a second half when he again brought down a Villa winger.

He was finally sent off after being partial of a kerfuffle in a failing seconds.

Blues’ best chances came before a mangle when they strike a post by Sam Gallagher and they were again denied by a woodwork when Marc Roberts’ late header came behind off a bar.

But, in a week injured by a detriment of his father, Steve Bruce’s Villa were most a softened side opposite his former bar and strike a woodwork 3 times, a best bid from Scott Hogan.

For Steve Cotterill’s Blues, who have looked a most softened side of late, it was usually their second joining better in 8 games, though they sojourn only dual points transparent of trouble.

Villa, by contrast, are now into a involuntary graduation places – one indicate transparent of Gary Rowett’s Derby, though 12 behind leaders Wolves – after winning seven-straight joining games for a initial time given 1990.

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Conor Hourihane’s bombardment was his eighth idea of a deteriorate for Villa

The initial half belonged to Villa, who forged out a period of good chances.

From a poetic pierce out of counterclaim orchestrated by a good initial time pass by John Terry, Hogan cut in to pound a right-foot bombardment opposite a bar.

There were 3 clearing headers by Blues defenders from roughly underneath their possess bar, and Hogan had a close-range bid blocked after Grealish and Adomah had non-stop Blues up.

Adomah also cut in to unleash a extreme right-foot shot that was parried by Birmingham screw David Stockdale, before afterwards banishment a low bid only wide.

Yet it was Blues who squandered a best possibility of a half when Terry slipped after being duped by Jacques Maghoma’s by ball, permitting Gallagher transparent down a right on goal.

But a on-loan Southampton striker’s low right-foot shot came behind off a post, afterwards he ballooned a miscarry over.

Villa’s category finally told when, fed by Grealish, tip scorer Adomah cut in from a left to slip a low right-foot shot in off a pessimistic Stockdale’s right post for his 13th idea of a season.

But a best was still to come as Hourihane chested down a half-clearance before powering brazen to measure a overwhelming second.

The compare finished in an nauseous mass fight following Ndoye’s rumpus with Mile Jedinak, that was followed by serve exhilarated difference with Terry.

Post-match reaction

Aston Villa partner manager Colin Calderwood told BBC Sport:

“Steve Bruce came in on Saturday. It was a initial time a players had seen him this week and, from then, it’s all been normal. He picked his group and picked his subs.

“He’s a unequivocally family orientated male though he’s managed to control all that’s left on in his personal life.

“He gave an glorious half-time group speak in terms of gripping them focused and calm, revelation them ‘don’t be disappointed’, that we only had to furnish what we’d already done. And a goals came. A missile of light. A impulse of happiness..

“Derbies are good games to win and we’re on a good run of derby wins. We’ll suffer a exhilaration though we’re all wakeful of what lies ahead. We have a destiny to take caring of.”

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Sport:

“Quality, experience, belief. We weren’t utterly good adequate to take them on.

“It was a bit large for a few of a younger boys. They have not achieved as they have finished in new weeks.

“The approach we’ve been playing, it gave everybody some-more faith that we could come and do something, that’s since a beating is bigger. But we weren’t good adequate to take on a unequivocally gifted team.

“If Sam Gallagher’s shot had left in, it competence have been different. But we only wish that this was a one-off as we’ve not shown a lot of stress over a final dual months.”

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Birmingham City 0.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Birmingham City 0.

Second yellow label to Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from a centre of a box misses to a right. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) hits a bar with a header from a centre of a box. Assisted by Jota with a cranky following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Terry.

Attempt blocked. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) left footed shot from a centre of a box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Glenn Whelan replaces Albert Adomah.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a centre of a box is close, though misses to a left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa).

David Stockdale (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Carl Jenkinson.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Jack Grealish.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces David Davis.

Goal! Aston Villa 2, Birmingham City 0. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outward a box to a bottom left dilemma following a set square situation.

Delay over. They are prepared to continue.

Delay in compare Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) since of an injury.

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City).

Substitution, Aston Villa. Lewis Grabban replaces Scott Hogan.

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from a centre of a box is high and far-reaching to a left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cranky following a set square situation.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog on a left wing.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City).

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jota replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outward a box is high and far-reaching to a left. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

Attempt blocked. John Terry (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a centre of a box is blocked.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outward a box is close, though misses to a right. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Birmingham City 0. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a centre of a box to a bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

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