Grealish stars as Aston Villa goes second

Grealish stars as Bruce's men go second

Grealish stars as Bruce's men go second

"If you chase the team..."

Birmingham City's three-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship came to an abrupt end in the second city derby, with rivals Aston Villa earning bragging rights with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Blues.

Nine minutes to full-time, the home side made it 2-0 when Conor Hourihane controlled Harlee Dean's header on the edge of the box before blasting a volley into the net.

Villa's seventh successive league win was celebrated by a near-capacity 41,233 crowd, who delighted in Birmingham's downfall.

Birmingham have not scored in their last five visits to Villa Park and sit two points and two places above the relegation zone.

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In a helter-skelter type of encounter it was very much a case of Birmingham defending grimly in the face of increasing odds.

Grealish, who stood out like a beacon, became a marked man and had to receive treatment following a heavy tackle by Ndoye - an incident which generated an improvement in Birmingham's attacking play.

It was in midfield that the home side's superiority was most marked, with Albert Adomah and Robert Snodgrass providing width, assisted by willingly overlapping full-backs, and Jack Grealish outstanding inside them.

The Ghanaian shot his side into the lead in the 15 minutes after the break.

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