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  • Birmingham City 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Jerome Shining

    Birmingham City supporters can be forgiven for rubbing their eyes when they wake up this morning and glance at the league table. A season that was supposed to be about survival has turned into a European assault. Five straight Premier League victories have propelled Birmingham above Liverpool and Manchester City and into the top six. Maybe Carson Yeung knew what he was doing when he spent £81m on Birmingham City after all.

    These are giddy days at St Andrew's. The melancholic mood that enveloped the stadium for so long has been lifted and replaced with one of renewed optimism following eight games without defeat. An incredible 20 out of a possible 24 points have been gleaned during that sequence, with Cameron Jerome's second and third goals of the season ensuring that the profitable run continued here despite Blackburn's late revival.

    The incentive for Birmingham was huge. Not since 1973, when a young Trevor Francis was tearing through the old First Division defences, had Birmingham won five top-flight matches on the bounce. Back then Birmingham were hauling themselves clear of the relegation zone but the current crop were seeking to ruffle a through feathers at the other end of the table. They certainly could not have wished for a better start, Jerome's second goal of the season and his first at home providing a deserved interval lead.



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