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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Leicester 1-2 Birmingham
Birmingham returned to the second automatic promotion spot with a win over relegation-threatened Leicester.

Radhi Jaidi opened the scoring when he headed Gary McSheffrey's corner past keeper Conrad Logan from six yards.

Sebastian Larsson converted Andy Cole's cross to make it 2-0 after 19 minutes but substitute Geoff Horsfield's second-half arrival boosted the Foxes.

Striker Horsfield was fouled by Larsson and Shaun Newton scored from the resulting free-kick.

  • Leicester manager Nigel Worthington:
    "In the first half it was boys against men. We were pushed off the ball and conceded absolutely ridiculous goals. The players forgot all we had talked about and we were then playing catch up.

    "But we had a little chat at half-time and sorted things out and marked a few cards and then in the second half we showed great energy and good quality and scored one goal and might have scored more.

    "With that sort of performance we will ensure this club stays in the Championship.

    "We've got to make sure we are up for a fight. Nigel Worthington's up for the fight and if the team is up for the fight we will be staying in this division."

  • Birmingham manager Steve Bruce:
    "We won, just, but we made it a bit hairy for ourselves. There's going to be tension and edginess when you're going for promotion.

    "But fair play to Leicester, they made a real fight of it in the second half.

    "You are supposed to enjoy moments like this, going for promotion. But I thought Saturday's last five minutes against Southampton were bad enough, and this was just as bad."

    Leicester: Logan, Stearman, Johansson, Kisnorbo, Maybury (Horsfield 75), Newton, Jarrett (Hughes 61), Wesolowski, Mattock, Hume, Fryatt (Cadamarteri 65).
    Subs Not Used: Henderson, Sheehan.

    Goals: Newton 82.

    Birmingham: Doyle, N'Gotty, Jaidi, Martin Taylor, Kelly, Larsson (Nafti 90), Muamba, Clemence, McSheffrey, Cole (Campbell 90), Bendtner (Jerome 84).
    Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Vine.

    Booked: Larsson, Nafti.

    Goals: Jaidi 16, Larsson 19.

    Att: 24,290

    Ref: L Probert (Gloucestershire).


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