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  1. Zola loses first match as Blues boss
  2. Murray scored Brighton winner in fifth minute of injury time
  3. Leaders Newcastle beat Burton
  4. Barnsley edge 4-3 thriller at Cardiff
  5. Leeds, Sheff Wed & Reading all score stoppage-time winners
  6. Wes Brown scores for Blackburn

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By Phil Shepka and Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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FT: Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

Glenn Murray celebrates late Brighton winner against Birmingham City
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Late goals has been the order of the day today. After a shedload of drama in the 15:00 GMT kick-offs, we have another late, late winner in the evening game.

That's it from us today. You can read the report of everything that happened at St Andrew's right here.

But from us, it's goodnight!

FT: Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

It all looked to be going so well for Gianfranco Zola in his first match as manager of Birmingham City when Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the games opener after what was, quite frankly, a dreadful first half of football.

But the introduction of Solly March, for me, totally changed that match. He cause Blues no ends of problems down their right-hand side.

How will Zola's side recover when they travel to fellow promotion contenders Derby in 10 days?

FT: Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

Brighton goalscorer Anthony Knockaert on his celebration and goal dedication: "That's the first one I've scored since he (my father) passed away and I dedicate this goal to him. 

"I love him."

FT: Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

Brighton goalscorer Glenn Murray on Sky Sports: "I just got a glance on it and it seemed to take an eternity to hit the back of the net, but luckily it did.

"It doesn't matter what anyone else does, we've just got to concentrate on what we do. We're going to try to chase Newcastle all the way."


Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

Brighton players celebrate goal
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The referee blows his whistle and Brighton extend their unbeaten run to 16 games and maintain their one-point gap to leaders Newcastle.

For Birmingham, it's an absolute sickener.

GOAL: Birmingham 1-2 Brighton

Glenn Murray

I do not believe it!

The initial free-kick is cleared for a corner, and the delivery of that is absolutely pinpoint for Glenn Murray to head home his 14th goal of the season.

St Andrew's and Gianfranco Zola are left stunned.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Solly March earns Brighton a free-kick in a great position on the left. What can they do with this?

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Anywhere will do for Birmingham as Josh Dacres-Cogley pumps the ball forward for nobody. The ball keeps coming back at them.


Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

The St Andrew's speaker system makes an awful sounds as the stadium announcer tries to tell everybody Paul Robinson is coming on for Jonathan Spector.

The was quite a screech.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

We're into four minutes of added time.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak makes a complete hash of a long free-kick from his opposing keeper, failing to get anywhere near it and needing Jonathan Grounds to clear the header towards goal off the line.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Anthony Knockaert has his head in his hands after a heavy touch to control Dale Stephens' pass when he was driving into the Birmingham box.

Zola's side cannot get out right now.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Solly March, who else, gets in another cross which Bruno looks to feed off the scraps of, but cannot control it properly and it lands in the Birmingham keeper's hands.

Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

This is only Solly March's fourth first-team appearance of the season and boy he has proven his worth to Chris Hughton and Brighton.

It's all the visitors now as they look to go on and will this game. Birmingham appear nervous.

GOAL: Birmingham 1-1 Brighton

Anthony Knockaert

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert celebrates goal
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Solly March has totally changed this game since coming on and is the man to provide Brighton's equaliser.

March beats Robert Tesche on the Brighton left, drives to the byline and cuts the ball back for Anthony Knockaert to score.

Knockaert looks up to the sky, surely dedicating his goal to his late father, whose death he recently described as the "toughest moment" of his life.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

A rare foray into the Brighton half for Birmingham, but Lukas Jutkiewicz has no support and runs the ball out of play.

Blues bring on Robert Tesche for Stephen Gleeson to sure up the midfield.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Wave after wave of Brighton attack now as they keep attacking down the left through Solly March and Gaeten Bong, as Michael Morrison heads behind for a corner, which Birmingham again scramble clear.

Brighton's Gaetan Bong and Greg Stewart of Birmingham City
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Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Lukas Jutkiewicz shows he's not only a big target man as he turns and volleys from the edge of the area, producing a fine low save from David Stockdale.

Then from the proceeding corner he heads over the bar. He's involved in everything, the man on loan from Burnley.


Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Gianfranco Zola makes his first change as Birmingham boss, bringing on Josh Dacres-Cogley for Greg Stewart.

Dacres-Cogley is more of a right-back than a right winger, so this is surely to provide protection against Solly March.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

March this time passess the ball to Oliver Norwood, who from 25 yard tries his luck but it sails well wide of Tomasz Kuszczak's goal.

Meanwhile, Brighton make their final change as Tomer Hemed replaces Sam Baldock.

Sam Baldock
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Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Brighton have definitely been told to get the ball out to Solly March.

Again the left winger crosses into the area and Birmingham this time scramble the ball away. March is providing a great outlet for the away midfield already. 

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Brighton sub Solly March gets involved for the first time in the game and stands up Jonathan Spector, but his driven cross is headed away by the Birmingham defence.

At the moment, Blues are standing strong, but Brighton do have Glenn Murray in their ranks.

'We should be leaving with something'

FT: Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading

Wes Brown makes Blackburn debut
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George Evans' winner for Reading in injury time condemned Blackburn to a third consecutive 3-2 league defeat.

Former England, Manchester United and Sunderland centre-back Wes Brown scored Rovers' second equaliser, but it was not enough to help salvage a point.

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle:"I felt over the piece we were the better side. 

"We knew they would have possession but that being said, we have created eight, I would suggest, gilt-edge chances. I'm talking about ones that should be in the back of the net. 

"We put so much into the game, we should be leaving with points, there's no doubt about it."

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Jonathan Grounds
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Almost a carbon copy ball into the box towards Lukas Jutkiewicz that was flung in for the goal, but from the left this time from Jonathan Grounds, but the forward can't direct it back towards goal.


Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Jiri Skalak, who has barely been involved for Brighton today, and Steve Sidwell are taken off by Brighton boss Chris Hughton, in place of Solly March and Oliver Norwood.

Hughton needs something to change against his former side.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

A superb interchange on the touchline between Greg Stewart and Maikel Kieftenbeld somehow allows the former to break into the box, but Stewart's cut back is cut out.

That move deserved a better final ball.

'We have belief and fight'

FT: Leeds United 1-0 Brentford

Leeds' Kyle Bartley

Kyle Bartley's late header gave Championship play-off hopefuls Leeds a win against Brentford. The win means Garry Monk's men have won four of their last five league games.

Leeds United boss Monk:"It was obvious we weren't at our best today. I thought we looked tired, especially in the first 60 minutes. The one thing this team has - we try instil it in them - is that belief to fight every second they're on the pitch. 

"It's great to see that mentality, fight and spirit from the players to keep going right to the end. It's something we've been doing a lot and building a lot on, and that's what you need to do."

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Birmingham v Brighton
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Since the goal Brighton have had pretty much all of the possession, but under Gary Rowett Birmingham prided themselves on their defence, who stand strong to deny a strike by Glenn Murray.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Chris Hughton is deep in thought with his assistant Paul Trollope about how to change this up.

With Reading winning earlier today, the gap to third place could be cut to five points.

The Seagulls do have a free-kick in a decent position to put a cross in, but Blues clear the danger.

Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Watching that goal again I'm impressed by the power Jutkiewicz managed to get on his header back across the goal.

Goanfranco Zola is on the touchline applauding his team, but doesn't look too animated at the moment.

GOAL: Birmingham 1-0 Brighton

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Lukas Jutkiewicz
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The first goal of the Gianfranco Zola era and it goes to Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Greg Stewart jinks into the Brighton box and lays it back to David Davis, who floats in a cross to Jutkiewicz at the back post and he rises like a salmon to head the ball back across goal past David Stockdale.

The volume has just been turned up at St Andrew's.

'It seems a bit harsh'

FT: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Rotherham United

Tom Adeyemi
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Rotherham had a goal ruled out and concede a late penalty as Sheffield United ended a 35-year winless home league run against the Millers.

Tom Adeyemi was the one to put the ball in the back of the net before the break, but his effort was waved away by referee Tim Robinson for a foul. 

Rotherham caretaker manager Paul Warne: "It was more a case of the player winning the penalty. Would I be happy if my striker did that in the 93rd minute to win the game? Yes I would.

"For the goal, I've watched it back numerous times and I cannot see where the foul is, I can't even see where it might have been. I will go and speak to the referee and he will tell me something I didn't see. 

"This game is a big deal for us and it is a big deal for my players. If we have scored a good goal going into the break 1-0 it could have been a different story. I don't understand what he has seen. It seems harsh on us.

Birmingham 0-0 Brighton

Lukas Jutkiewicz has the first effort on goal of the half, but his shot from outside the box is weak and gobbled up by David Stockdale like a Christmas turkey.

Birmingham 0-0 Brighton

Gianfranco Zola is looking well wrapped up in a hat and scarf and has so far seen the second half begin the way the first ended, with very little quality.

Birmingham 0-0 Brighton

Brighton were out very early, but Birmingham left them waiting. Maybe Gianfranco had a lot to say.

Brighton get us back under way at St Andrew's. Let's hope for a better half!

'Making music and tearing down walls'

FT: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Rotherham United

CArlos Carvalhal
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Steven Fletcher's injury-time penalty gave Sheffield Wednesday victory over Championship strugglers Rotherham, moving the Owls up to sixth in the table.

Victory was Sheffield Wednesday's first home league win against Rotherham since 1981. It was the Millers' first league defeat by the Owls in 11 games.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We deserved the win. We had to break down some walls today. The first wall to break was that Sheffield Wednesday have not won against Rotherham for a long time. This sort of wall can get in the head of the players and the fans a little.

"The second wall we had to break was the wall that Rotherham create with their defensive organisation. After 20 minutes our tempo decreased and we played with music that Rotherham put on the pitch - the ball went out, we wait, the goalkeeper has the ball and we wait again. We kept the ball and go slowly to play, so it was our fault as well.

"At the break I told the player that we must play our music, play at our tempo so we decided to change. We took more risks, but when you take risks and want something, then you can achieve."

If you say so, Carlos...

Still to come

QPR v Aston Villa (Sunday, 12:00 GMT)

Steve Bruce
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And there's still just one more Championship fixture to come before Christmas day.

Ian Holloway's Queens Park Rangers host Steve Bruce's Aston Villa on Sunday - and you can join Nathan Middleton for live text commentary from 11:45 GMT right here.

We hope you'll be back!

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Relive today's Championship action

HT: Birmingham 0-0 Brighton

Championship reports
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Alright, so the last 45 minutes may not have been the most thrilling, but there was still plenty of excitement in the day's 15:00 GMT kick-offs in the Championship.

There four stoppage-time winners, a victory for the league leaders a 4-3 belter in South Wales.

Want to catch up on everything you might've missed? You can read all of today's reports by clicking here.


Birmingham 0-0 Brighton

The scoreline is the one this game deserves.

New Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola will have to think about how to tackle the second half after a fairly drab first.