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Birmingham City (2) 2 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Referee: Rob Shoebridge

Manager: Alex McLeish

St Andrews 19:45

Attendance: 15,689

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3279

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 Ridgewell (9)
 Phillips (14)
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 Alex Bruce (84)

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CarsleyNafti (27)
QuashieAgustien (65)
QueudrueMurphy (68)

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 Richard Naylor (17)

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Taylor

Hunt

Jaidi

Ridgewell

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Larsson

Carsley

Quashie

McFadden

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Doyle

Murphy

Jerome

Nafti

Agustien

Match Report

Birmingham City's prolific Kevin Phillips gives Alex McLeish anniversary gift

Alex McLeish celebrates his first year at Birmingham City this week, and seeing his side occupying second place in the table, with maximum points from the last three games, is not a bad way to go about it. Riding roughshod over a visiting Ipswich should have made it even better.

The Scotsman doesn't see it that way. "There is too much to go," he said to the suggestion that City are now perfectly positioned for promotion. "It was similar two weeks ago, but you see how quickly it changes. There are going to be twists and turns."

Victory last night means that Wolverhampton Wanderers, currently heading the charge to the Premier League, will be looking over their shoulder, especially as the two teams meet on Saturday.

Birmingham trail Wolves by six points, but they are capable of closing the gap. They certainly don't lack the mustard, especially if Kevin Phillips continues to fire on all cylinders. The 35-year-old, scorer of nine goals so far this season, has notched up three in the last two matches.

It was Liam Ridgewell, however, who put City ahead with a first-time volley. Five minutes later Phillips headed in from point-blank range at the far post off a sublime Sebastian Larsson cross. Instinctive stuff.

It wasn't until after the half-hour mark that Ipswich conjured even a threat of retribution, but Pablo Counago and Owen Garvan contrived to ruin the chance by colliding in the area.

The match was almost over when Ipswich finally struck through Alex Bruce, but the defender's first goal for the club arrived too late to have any impact.

To make matters worse Bruce's father, Steve, the apparently unimpressed Wigan manager, had already called it quits and left the stands.

"He wanted to escape the traffic," his son reported.

Sandy Macaskill (Daily Telegraph)

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