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Summary

  1. Rudy Gestede goal gives Villa victory
  2. Villa into fourth round of League Cup
  3. Jacques Maghoma misses best chance for Blues
  4. 121st second city derby

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Villa take the bragging rights

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

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That's it from us then, on a night when Aston Villa fans celebrated victory in the first second city derby for nearly five years.

They go through to the fourth round of the League Cup thanks to Rudy Gestede's second half header, while Birmingham will return to league matters, hoping that tonight's game doesn't turn out to be their biggest game of the season.

You can read more in Ged Scott's match report here.

Don't forget, there are another eight games for you to enjoy tomorrow with another live text commentary, including a north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.

We'll see you then. Good night.

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FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Blues boss Gary Rowett tells Sky Sports:

"There are huge positives, against a Premier League side. I thought, in the first-half, we were the better side, moving the ball around well and limiting them to only a few opportunities.

"A moment of quality undid us. It was a brilliant finish from Gestede, very hard to stop.

"After that, Jacques Maghoma did really well but just managed to skew his shot. It was probably the best chance of the game. To make it 1-1 then, would have been very interesting.

"For vast parts of the game, I thought we were excellent. We can count ourselves very unfortunate to have lost. We can walk out of the stadium with our heads held high.

"Tonight we've more than matched a Premier League side, and at times were better than them. We've got to do that again and now try and move up the league table."

Elsewhere in the League Cup

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Among tonight's other games, Hull have knocked out Premier League SwanseaStoke have won at Championship Fulham, and Manchester City eased past Sunderland.

Extra-time is being played in the games at Leicester and Preston.

You can follow live text coverage of those games here.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Aston Villa goal scorer Rudy Gestede tells Sky Sports:

"It was a tough game today. It was important to get the win, for confidence, as we didn't start the season well in the league.

"We changed it a bit in the second half, we tried to get the ball more. We got the ball into feet and did very well. It was good management.

"We needed a win. It is very important for us."

Deepak Mahay

BBC Sport at Villa Park

Villa Park
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If there was a roof in Villa Park it would have come off at full-time. Villa 1-0 Blues. Relief for Sherwood, Rowett will be disappointed his side didn't do much in the second half."

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa were frustrated in the first half by an organised and composed Birmingham side, but Tim Sherwood's double substitution at half-time really changed things. How big a win could that be, for the Villa boss, after the weekend's loss to West Brom? His side have some tough games coming up too.

Martin O'Connor

former Birmingham captain on BBC WM 95.6

First half Blues played well without a cutting edge. Second half they couldn't deal with the inclusion of Grealish."

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

So it is relief for Aston Villa, and disappointment for Birmingham City.

The visitors more than held their own, and Gary Rowett will be satisfied with the way his side played, but it is the home fans who are celebrating at Villa Park.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

The referee calls time on this one and Aston Villa have the win in this big second city derby thanks to Rudy Gestede's second-half goal.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Jon Toral has space down the right for a cross for Birmingham but his ball into the box is blocked by the second man. Blues have seconds left to level.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa are just trying to see the game out now. They are getting closer to a vital win for Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

The first minute of stoppage time passes without a Birmingham chance. Time is running out for the Blues.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Four minutes of added time have been indicated.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa have won a corner and they have the ball exactly where they want it.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Aston Villa win a free-kick just inside the Birmingham half and that's going to help them pass the time a bit quicker.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham may as well go for it now. They are into the closing stages at Villa Park.

But Villa go close at the other end, as Tomasz Kuszczak is forced into a good save from Jordan Ayew.

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Sherwood finally made the correct subs at the right time, but injecting the lifelong Villan into the derby was obvious. #bbcfootball #avfc

Jack Grealish has certainly been impressive since he came on at half-time Tom.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa are sitting quite a bit deeper all of a sudden as Birmingham search for the leveller. Viv Solomon-Otabor shoots wide with his left foot for the Blues.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Neither of those Birmingham substitutions will change their formation too much. But can they help Birmingham find an equaliser?

Viv Solomon-Otabor goes for goal but misses the ball with a bit of an air shot.

Brian Little

ex-Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

A second goal would be massive for Villa. They've not won a lot of games this season and could do with that cushion."

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Double change for Blues. Jacques Maghoma and Clayton Donaldson are replaced by Viv Solomon-Otabor and Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa almost double their lead but Jordan Ayew's dangerous ball across the box goes past everyone and out for a goal kick.

YELLOW CARD

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Ashley Westwood is booked for holding onto the ball for too long.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Tomasz Kuszczak dives to his right to palm away Scott Sinclair's free-kick. That wasn't a bad effort from the Villa man.

YELLOW CARD

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Michael Morrison is booked for pulling back Jack Grealish after he had skipped past him. Simple one for the referee. Villa have a free-kick.

Martin O'Connor

former Birmingham captain on BBC WM 95.6

That was a great chance for Blues. It's on his left foot but it's an easy one for Guzan.

CLOSE!

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Huge chance for Blues to equalise but Jacques Maghoma can't beat Brad Guzan. The winger beat the offside trap to race onto Demarai Gray's neat through ball into the area but his left-footed effort was too close to the keeper, and didn't have enough power on it. Was that Birmingham's moment?

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham have responded reasonably well and things are a bit more even again, since that Villa goal. But it is the visitors who have to make things happen now, not Villa.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Maikel Kieftenbeld's misplaced ball back to the goalkeeper gifts Villa a corner. Villa can't capitalise though, as the set-piece comes to nothing.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Demarai Gray has a pop from outside the area but his shot swings wide of the right post. That was better from Birmingham, though.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Jack Grealish skips his way to the byline but the ball goes out for a goal kick. He wants a corner, but it isn't given.

Deepak Mahay

BBC Sport at Villa Park

Villa Park erupted when Rudy Gestede put the home side ahead. It's a cracking atmosphere now. Jack Grealish was involved in build up. He's been brilliant since he came on."

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SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Jon Toral, on loan from Arsenal, comes on for Birmingham's David Davis. That's an attacking switch from Gary Rowett, as Toral will sit just behind Clayton Donaldson up top.

Brian Little

ex-Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

If Gestede is on the move in the box, he's very hard to stop. It's an excellent goal."

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa have been made to work hard for that opening goal, but they have a breakthrough at last. Could that end up being the winner tonight? Or will Birmingham respond?

GOAL (Gestede)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Big goal. Villa take the lead. It was a good cross from the left from Jordan Amavi, which picks out Rudy Gestede, who heads powerfully into the bottom corner at the near post, for his second goal of the season. Villa Park absolutely loves that.

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

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Tim Sherwood has been criticised for his substitutions in the past but here he has got them on early and they've shown real positivity."

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Jacques Maghoma's delivery goes over everyone in the penalty area and Birmingham have to start again with a throw-in on the half-way line.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham have won a corner down their right flank.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

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Time is ticking by in this second half and we are still waiting for the first goal. The noise picks up another notch. Can Birmingham withstand this Villa spell? The hosts still haven't created many clear-cut chances, despite their improvements since the break.