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  1. Birmingham beat Cardiff in Championship
  2. Caddis scores controversial penalty for Blues
  3. Noel Hunt scores twice as Southend beat Bury 4-1
  4. Southend up to seventh in League One, Bury drop to eighth

Live Reporting

By Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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FT: Birmingham City 1-0 Cardiff City

A goal-drought at St Andrew's is broken, a contentious penalty will occupy all the post-match reaction and all three points go into Birmingham City's Christmas stocking.

Defensively, Blues were enormous as they protected their lead against a Cardiff side that will feel aggrieved.

Read Ged Scott's full report here.

That's all we've got time for tonight. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening, but be sure to return to the BBC Sport website on Saturday for live text commentary of the top-of-the-table clash between Brighton and Middlesbrough (kick-off 12:30 GMT).

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff match report
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FT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff striker Tony Watt tells Sky Sports:

"It's frustrating obviously, we saw that it wasn't a penalty.

"I spoke to the referee afterwards and he said look Tony, if I've made a mistake, I've made a mistake, we can't do a lot about it."

The closest thing to an apology from referee David Coote will be scant consolation for Cardiff as they miss their chance to move into the play-off places for Christmas.

FT: Birmingham City 1-0 Cardiff

Birmingham City captain Michael Morrison tells Sky Sports:

"It's massive. The fans have been waiting a long time, we've dropped a few points here so it's nice to keep a clean sheet and win the game."

FT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

The result moves Birmingham City past Cardiff into seventh place.

Blues occupy that spot on alphabetical order alone it seems as they have exactly the same points tally, goals for and goals against.


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

And that's it. Birmingham take maximum points courtesy of what was a contentious first-half penalty.

Paul Caddis converting from the spot with the decisive goal.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Birmingham doing well to control how these last few minutes are playing out.

Cardiff, now with no option but to punt the ball long upfield in hope.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Four minutes of added time are flashed up on the board.


Southend 4-1 Bury

It's all over at Roots Hall where Southend have run out comfortable winners against Bury.

Southend striker Noel Hunt scored twice in the first half before Leon Clarke pulled one back for Bury just before the break.

But Dave Mooney extended the lead from the spot after the break after Nathan Cameron hauled down Jack Payne before Payne added a fourth with a superb finish into the top corner.

That was well worth the wait after three weeks without football if you are a Shrimpers fan!


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Tomasz Kuszczak with a superb diving save to his left, gets those all-important fingers to a curled effort from Scott Malone.

The Birmingham goalkeeper has not had a lot to do tonight, but has he just ensured all three points for the hosts?


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

A few yellow cards have been brandished in the second half, and a frustrated Tony Watts is the first in the book for Cardiff for a push on Stephen Gleeson.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Birmingham City finishing the stronger of the two teams and Demarai Gray calls David Marshall into action at his near post with a thumping effort.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

David Davis, with all the time and space you could want, just whacks the ball wildly across goal after Demarai Gray's deflected found the substitute on the edge of the area.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

There is just eight minutes remaining for Cardiff to take something from this game.

Chances have been few, but the visitors have wasted those that have fallen their way.

Sammy Ameobi
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Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Substitutions galore as these two sides look to change things up in pursuit of the points at St Andrew's.

Birmingham City defender Shane Lowry is replaced by Greg Halford, while Cardiff manager Russell Slade opts for a double change, Aron Gunnarsson off for Peter Whittingham and Graig Noone takes Anthony Pilkington's place.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Tony Watt, the man is everywhere.

He comes up with possession in Birmingham's half, but tries a little to much.

Eventually, Birmingham's Jacques Maghoma finds himself withing shooting distance and lets rip... right into a Cardiff body.

GOAL (Payne)

Southend 4-1 Bury

This is in danger of becoming a rout now.

Jack Payne adds a fourth for Southend as he cuts inside the area following a quick free-kick and smashes a shot into the top corner.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Tony Watt screws a low cross menacingly across the face of goal following a quick free-kick, but Birmingham's Jonathan Spector is crucially there to clear - and only just, as he sees the ball behind for a corner off the outside of the post.

Cardiff chasing the game with real purpose now and knocking on the door of a breakthrough.

Also, among all the action of the last few minutes, Birmingham made their second change with David Davis replacing Jon Toral.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Sammy Ameobi with a terrible miss there for Cardiff.

With a flash he is into he area, latching onto the ball at back as Tony Watt dishes off on the edge of the area.

But the finish is not there, as he digs the ball well wide of the far post. Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak just watched as it sailed on by, when he really should have been tested.

GOAL (Mooney - Penalty)

Southend 3-1 Bury

Southend restore their two-goal advantage at Roots Hall and surely they won't let this lead slip?

Jack Payne is brought down by Nathan Cameron in the box and the referee points to the spot.

Dave Mooney calmy converts the penalty and Southend have 15 minutes to hold on.

Southend 2-1 Bury

A fine effort making the trip from Greater Manchester to south Essex on what is supposedly the busiest day of the year to travel.

Just over 15 minutes to go. 

68 | Today's attendance is 6127, with 177 travelling fans from @buryfcofficial. Excellent support from the visitors.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff are working the ball nicely around the box, with Kenwyne Jones only too willing to drop a little in an effort to help manufacture something.

So far, nothing but frustration for the visitors.

Kenwyne Jones
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Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Anthony Pilkington is again the man sending Birmingham City hearts a flutter.

He get on the end of a Scott Malone cross, but the touch just isn't strong enough and the chance is gone.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

It is a peak at goal, a glance for Cardiff City, but Paul Caddis is there in defence to clear danger created by Anthony Pilkington

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Tony Watt hits the deck in the penalty area trying to meet an Anthony Pilkington cross from the right. Plenty of shouts for a penalty, but all waved away.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff throwing all they have trying to create something, anything at St Andrew's.

Next to try prod - or in this case barrel through - Birmingham City's defence is centre-back Matthew Connolly.

Southend 2-1 Bury

A quiet second half is suddenly brought to life just after the hour mark and it's the visitors who are almost level.

Leon Clarke fires in a low free-kick which is brilliantly palmed away by Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

Southend have a habit of throwing away leads this season don't forget.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

That is the second-half in a snapshot!

Sammy Ameobi, who was so busy in attack in the first half for Cardiff has been putting in hard yards backtracking in defence.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff patiently building up through midfield, Joe Ralls making all the inroads with a dash up the middle.

Birmingham, much more direct on the counter and looking more energetic as they chase a second.


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

The ball breaks favourably for Birmingham on the edge of the area and Jon Toral comes up with a thunderous effort.

David Marshall, however, makes a fine left handed save at his near post to push the ball around the post for a corner.

It has been more industrious early on from Blues after the break.

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Bruno Manga keeping calm as he intercepts a speculative through ball from Demarai Gray.

The Cardiff defender needed to have his wits about him there as Jon Toral was lurking. In the end, easy as you like, Manga turns inside to pass back to David Marshall.


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Birmingham City kick the second half off.

HT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

It doesn't matter how Birmingham came about their goal, for Blues it was drought-breaker.

Paul Caddis' first-half penalty ends a four-match goalless run at home.

Last time they hit the net at St Andrew's they beat QPR. All good omens.

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HT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Looked to me like David Marshall was impeded in the build up to the penalty. Delighted to take that as a blues fan though #bcfc #bbcfootball

Surely a time out to review penalty decisions cannot be too far away! @CardiffCityFC robbed by awful decision! #bbcfootball #cardiffcity


Southend 2-1 Bury

BBC Essex's Nick Alliker certainly enjoyed the opening 43 minutes of that first half.

The second half is now under way.

Really pleased for Noel Hunt; two goals on his return. A great 40 mins for #Southend, but sloppy goal conceded. 2-1.

Really pleased for Noel Hunt; two goals on his return. A great 40 mins for #Southend, but sloppy goal conceded. 2-1.

HT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

What does a controversial penalty against Cardiff City equate to?

One angry Russell Slade making his way down the tunnel ahead of the match officials, that's what. (And I imagine, many, many grumpy but festively dresses Bluebird supporters)

On the many, may replays back it does look like the visitors are desperately unlucky to be behind at St Andrew's as James Vaughan's effort seems to smack Matthew Connolly square in the face, rather than the hand, for the penalty.

Russell Slade
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O Christmas Tree

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

On the subject of how things stand, let's look ahead to a tasty weekend.

And yep, the question of who, oh who, will top the Championship tree for Christmas is the hot topic?

We have a veritable Christmas cracker to look forward to which will go a long way to deciding exactly that as table-topping Middlesbrough travel second-placed Brighton on Saturday.

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HT: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

And just how big was that call from referee David Coote? Well it allowed Paul Caddis to put Birmingham City ahead and that would be enough to see Blues leapfrog Cardiff into seventh in the table if this is how it stays.


Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

A few Cardiff players make a bee line for referee David Coote to express their displeasure about that controversial late penalty.


Southend 2-1 Bury

The half-time whistle goes in our League One game.

Noel Hunt scored twice to give Southend a 2-0 lead, before Leon Clarke pulled one back for the visitors just before half-time.

A mouthwatering second half in prospect.

GOAL (Caddis)

Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Paul Caddis makes no mistake, sending goalkeeper David Marshall the wrong way.

The substitute with his fourth goal of the season to give Birmingham a fortuitous lead, it must be said. 

Birmingham celebrate v Cardiff
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