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Summary

  1. Villa beat Blues in local derby at Villa Park
  2. Villa sub Agbonlahor scored first goal since February 2016
  3. Harry Redknapp's first game as Blues boss ends in defeat
  4. Blues two points above relegation zone

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Over and out

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Gabby Agbonlahor
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Plenty of work for Harry Redknapp and Birmingham City to do then, as they prepare for their final two games of the season.

Gabby Agbonlahor, yet again, gets the winner in the big West Midlands derby. It's Villa's day.

That's it from us now online, but reaction continues over on BBC WM 95.6.

Do keep across the rest of today's football on the BBC Sport website.

Until next time, goodbye.

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

So Harry Redknapp's first game in charge of Birmingham ends in defeat - their fourth in five games.

Villa return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger' plays out around Villa Park. The hosts celebrate.

Sally can wait if she wants, but Birmingham can't wait much longer for a win.

The Blues are just two points above the relegation zone with two games to go.

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Darren Carter

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder on BBC WM

Blues didn't deserve to lose. It's really hard to take as a Blues fan, but there are positive signs. The fans can appreciate the effort they've put in.

FT: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Gabby Agbonlahor
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Gabby Agbonlahor's first goal of the season has won a game of very few chances.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

That's it! Villa win the derby!

YELLOW CARD (Birmingham)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham's Paul Robinson is booked for a clash with Gabby Agbonlahor. 

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

David Davis crossed for Birmingham, with men in the middle, but he overhits it out of play.

That might be that.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa keeper Sam Johnstone does well to punch away from a long throw, and then Conor Hourihane blocks David Davis' shot.

Birmingham are desperate now.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Three minutes have been added on at the end of this game.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Greg Stewart volleys wide for Birmingham. Whistles sound from the home fans.

SUBSTITUTION (Birmingham)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Pacey left-sided player Cheick Keita comes on for Birmingham, replacing central midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Substitute Greg Stewart whips in a dangerous ball for Birmingham but David Davis, in the middle, can't get enough power on his header. That was a chance for the visitors.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Henri Lansbury
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Aston Villa still lead through their only chance of the game. Not long left.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Neil Taylor does well to stop a decent-looking Birmingham move as Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz combine for Blues. Good defending.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

The clock is ticking for Birmingham, who have five minutes left to avoid extending their winless run to 10 games.

SUBSTITUTION (Birmingham)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Greg Stewart is coming on for the visitors. He replaces winger Jacques Maghoma.

SUBSTITUTION (Villa)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

But instead it is Villa making their third change, as Conor Hourihane replaces Scott Hogan, with Steve Bruce putting an extra man in midfield to try to keep hold of the lead.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Harry Redknapp and his Birmingham backroom team are discussing a possible substitution.

Time is running out for the visitors.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Mile Jedinak does well to win the bar in the air as Villa defend that Birmingham free-kick resolutely.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Mile Jedinak and Lukas Jutkiewicz
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Lukas Jutkiewicz is the target for a long Birmingham ball forwards. Moments later, Che Adams is fouled and Birmingham have a free-kick.

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Dan Clinton: Gabby Agbonlahor still useful for (perhaps only) one thing at least!

Simon Atkins: So much for the optimism! We can still get back into this, been playing well, just need that one good chance!

Gabby Agbonlahor
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Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

By the way, that substitution means the two Gardner brothers, Craig and Gary, are on opposite sides of the field at the same time.

SUBSTITUTION (Villa)

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa bring on Gary Gardner for Albert Adomah in midfield.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Nathan Baker does well to get a head in to block Jacques Maghoma's cross, which was aimed towards Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

At the other end, Alan Hutton does well to clear for Villa. Then keeper Sam Johnstone does well to turn round the post moments later. Corner to Birmingham.

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

The goal came from Villa's first shot on target, from their first corner of the game.

Agbonlahor does it again in a derby

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Villa Park

Gabby Agbonlahor hadn't scored in 14 months, since scoring in one of Villa's rare Premier League wins last season against Norwich.

Prior to that, he hadn't netted in 11 months.

But he does know how to score in derby games, having done so too often in the past for Blues fans' comfort.

He scored the first of his five derby goals in Steve Bruce's final game in charge of Blues in November 2007. And Bruce brought him back from the cold to come off the bench when the two sides drew 1-1 at St Andrew's in October.

Now Bruce has turned to him again... and he has provided!

Gabby Agbonlahor
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Agbonlahor pokes in

Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Villa have the opener! Substitute Gabby Agbonlahor pokes in from a corner that Birmingham really should have cleared.

It is scrappy. But Villa don't care! Some fans are on the pitch. They're ahead.

The 30-year-old hadn't scored for more than 14 months.

As Villa celebrate, Harry Redknapp turns away - his side have 20 minutes to claw their way back into this local derby.

Harry Redknapp
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GOAL: Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham City

Gabby Agbonlahor

His first goal since February 2016!

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Scott Hogan and Ryan Shotton
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The game has really livened up since the hour mark.

But still no goals.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

David Davis has a snap shot for Birmingham in the area from nothing, but Sam Johnstone saves for Villa with his fingertips. Good stop.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

James Chester rises highest to meet the Villa free-kick but heads over the bar. It was a good ball in.

YELLOW CARDS

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Now Birmingham's Ryan Shotton and Villa's Gabby Agbonlahor are having something of a scrap.

Villa have a free-kick in a dangerous position, near the corner flag.

Both Shotton and Agbonlahor are booked.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Gabby Agbonlahor quickly wins a throw in and the Villa fans roar with approval. His arrival has given them a lift.

SUBSTITUTION (Villa)

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Striker Gabby Agbonlahor comes on for Villa, replacing Jack Grealish.

That sees Villa switch to two up front.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Villa's Alan Hutton finds Albert Adomah, whose cross is cleared.

Now Hutton and David Davis clash in the middle and the referee steps in to calm things down.

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Simon Atkins: Optimistic. Blues to win 1-0, and to prove that we just needed competent leadership! 

Birmingham fans seem impressed so far. Whoever you support, you can get involved via #bbcefl on Twitter.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Steve Cotterill and Harry Redknapp
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To remind you, Harry Redknapp took over a struggling Birmingham side that hasn't won in nine games before today.

He'll be happy with their improvements so far, but it remains goalless.

Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham City

Henri Lansbury badly overhits an attempted through ball and Birmingham have a goal kick.