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Summary

  1. Leaders Wolves win to go four points clear at the top, and 10 ahead of third place
  2. Leo Bonatini gives Wolves lead with his 12th of the season
  3. Birmingham defender Harlee Dean sent-off for two yellow cards
  4. Birmingham stay third from bottom after defeat

Live Reporting

By Brent Pilnick

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

FT: Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Leo Bonatini
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Thanks for joining us here at BBC Sport for tonight's West Midlands derby between Birmingham City and Wolves - Leo Bonatini's early goal was the difference between the two sides.

Wanderers reclaimed their four-point gap at the top of the Championship, and now have a 10-point buffer between them and third-placed Bristol City in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

As for City - who had Harlee Dean sent off late on - they stay in the relegation zone and have scored just three goals in their last nine matches.

Our next live text is on Friday night as fourth-placed Sheffield United host Bristol City in what is set to be a key game at the top of the second tier.

Wolves 'should have performed better'

FT: Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told Sky Sports: "Winning is good and how is important. Today was not our best, how we played was not our best, and we felt that the players knew they should have performed better.

"It’s good to win, it’s a good result, but it was a tough game.

"We began well, but in the second half we lost some momentum in the game. I think we should do better."

'Wolves comfortable'

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Mel Eves

Former Wolves forward on BBC WM

Stephen Gleeson and Bonatini
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"Blues were happy to go in 1-0 down, Steve Cotterill did well to bring Stephen Gleeson on and change the shape.

"The game was more in Wolves' half which we couldn't have said in the first half.

"Wolves had chances to finish it off, but it was comfortable, they saw it out."

'Blues couldn't find that spark'

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Darren Carter

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder on BBC WM

Harlee Dean of Birmingham City
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"Wolves had a really uncomfortable 10-15 minutes, but Blues just couldn't find that bit of magic.

"Steve Cotterill can say 'come on, we keep producing games like that, we can get a lot from a lot of teams'."

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Matt Price: Wolves can not only smash their opponents, they can grind out the results as well! fair to say they are on the up.

Wolves worthy of three points

FT: Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Wolves celebrate
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No doubt that Wolves deserved all three points this evening.

Leo Bonatini's early goal proved to be decisive, but the visitors could have had a couple more - Diogo Jota and Helder Costa both had great opportunities after the break.

City's only effort on target was a weak header at the end of the first half through Marc Roberts.

While Steve Cotterill's side looked more menacing after the break, once Harlee Dean was sent off for a second yellow card after 83 minutes, the game was effectively over.

'A massive, massive victory' - Coady

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Conor Coady
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"The boys have dug in, it's a massive, massive victory for us tonight," Wolves skipper Conor Coady tells Sky Sports.

On the 10-point gap between Wolves and third-placed Bristol City: "It's big, but all we've done at the minute is a platform for where we want to be.

"We just want to keep no winning, keep on getting better and we hope we can score a lot more goals."

FULL-TIME

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

So that's it, Wolves go four points clear once again - they are now 10 points clear of third-placed Bristol City.

As for City - they stay in the bottom three - and have scored just three goals in the last nine games.

'Blues made Wolves work in second half'

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Darren Carter

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder on BBC WM

"Blues have battled, we've not really had an effort on target, we've made them work in the second half.

"In terms of really hurting Wolves, we've just not had that clear-cut chance."

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

City's Che Adams turns on the edge of the area and has a weak shot or pass (take your pick) across the face of the six-yard box and out for a goal-kick. Frustrating for City fans.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

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Wolves seem happy to keep hold of the ball now and run down the clock against the 10 men of Birmingham City.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

There will be four minutes of stoppage time for Blues to try and salvage something from this match. But with 10 men that seems very unlikely.....

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

So is that it for Birmingham City now? A valiant second-half resurgence killed off after Harlee Dean's red card? City have not forced John Ruddy into a save with 11 men, so it seems unlikely they can do something with 10......

Red card 'wrong decision'

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Darren Carter

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder on BBC WM

"I'm not to sure about this, Jota got fouled, he was upset about that, but Jota made a meal of that.

"The referee has got that wrong in my opinion. It's a very, very harsh one."

RED CARD

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Diogo Jota is pushed by Harlee Dean
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City's Harlee Dean is sent off for a second booking. Dean drags down Jota after a coming together between the Wolves player and Morrison, both of whom are given a yellow card for the first incident. Dean didn't need to get involved there - very silly.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Drum roll please, it's time for this evening's Brexit pun....

David Davis taking a break from negotiations to come on for City in place of Cheikh Ndoye.

He scored the winner the last time these two sides met at Molineux in February (Davis the footballer, not the Brexit Secretary).

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Ouch! Maikel Kieftenbeld has a big scrape on his shin after a coming togther with Romain Saiss.

Saiss is forced off after that challenge and is replaced by Bright Enobakhare.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Leo Bonatini
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Goalscorer Leo Bonatini comes off for Jack Price. Nuno Espirito Santo has seen the danger from Birmingham and brought on a midfielder for Wolves' top scorer.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Birmingham City have really kicked on in the last few minutes. They have looked a lot more dangerous and Jeremie Boga has got on the ball a lot more and looks a lot more dangerous. But they still have yet to force John Ruddy into a save.

'Che Adams a good change'

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Darren Carter

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder on BBC WM

Che Adams
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"The longer the game stays at 1-0, we've got to go for it and leave gaps at the back.

"He [Che Adams] will run in behind the Wolves defence, it's a good change and at a good time."

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Marc Roberts forces a corner after a free-kick from the right - Birmingham can't get a shot on target though as Jeremie Boga's lofted ball is cleared by the Wolves defence.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Diogo Jota hits the side netting after cutting in from the left - Leo Bonatini was in the box - a pass to the scorer of the first goal and it might have been Wolves' second.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Che Adams comes on up front for Lukas Jutkiewicz. To be honest, I didn't notice Jutkiewicz was playing.....

YELLOW CARD

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Alfred N'Diaye gets involved with Maikel Kieftenbeld after a challenge and there's a bit of argy-bargey.

N'Diaye squares up to the Dutchman and a bit of a push, but the Senegalese midfielder goes into the book.

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Hlder Costa misses a chance
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Helder Costa misses a sitter for Wolves. Through on goal after a lovely defence-splitting pass. Costa tries to be clever and step over the ball to trick the goalkeeper, but David Stockdale is no fool and clears.

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Diogo Jota shot
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Diogo Jota should have made it 2-0 - Wolves catch City in possession and Jota is put through but he scuffs his shot and City clear.

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Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Wolves make their first change of the evening as Helder Costa comes on for Ivan Cavaleiro as the Portuguese attacker continues his return from an ankle injury.

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Grant: And this is why he made the substitution. Jota was ineffective to put it mildly.

Birmingham are much more in the game now.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Well, John Ruddy has had something to do - Jonathan Grounds' cross from the left after a decent move is well gathered by the Wolves goalkeeper.

I've heard of parking the bus but...

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at St Andrew's

They boarded up the goal at the Tilton Road End for a half-time fans shooting competition.

And they were still hastily taking it down when the two teams trooped back on.

Looking back, maybe Blues might have been better off putting it up before the game. And leaving it there!

Tilton End goal
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Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Despite it being a local derby - only 15 miles separates the two sides - it seems fans have stayed away.

19,641 are in St Andrew's tonight - the third-lowest attendance of the season for Birmingham City.

Half-time a hindrance for Wolves

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Mel Eves

Former Wolves forward on BBC WM

Cheick Ndoye of Birmingham City challenges Alfred N'Diaye of Wolves
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"The worst thing for Wolves was half-time then, Blues would need it to re-organise, but no two halves can be the same, you can see a massive difference."

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Close - Leo Bonatini crosses in from the right and Maikel Kieftenbeld just bundles it behind for a Wolves corner, which the hosts manage to clear.

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Birmingham have started this second period much brighter. Lukas Jutkiewicz has a shot charged down after a nice pass by half-time substitute Stephen Gleeson.

'Next goal is crucial'

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Mel Eves

Former Wolves forward on BBC WM

Nuno Espirito Santo
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"Nuno will be disappointed they've not got a two-goal cushion, they've been on top.

"The next goal is crucial."

KICK-OFF

Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Wolves start this second half. Can they continue the dominance they had before the break, or will the Blues get a foothold in this game?

Rochdale heading for third round

FA Cup update

There's also one remaining FA Cup tie this evening, with non-league Slough hosting Rochdale.

But as it stands there's no sign of an upset on the cards, with Calvin Andrew's close-range finish separating the sides at the break.

You can follow that game here.

SUBSTITUTION

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Birmingham City have made one change after that dominant first half by Wolves. Former Wolves player Stephen Gleeson comes on for Jota - seems like a more defensive change when they need a goal and a bit of creativity.

Coleman has tough start to life at home

HT: Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Chris Coleman
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Sunderland visit Wolves on Saturday having lost Chris Coleman's first home game in charge 3-1 to Reading.

The Black Cats are now level at the bottom with Burton, who have a worse goal difference, with the pair two points adrift of tonight's hosts Birmingham City and Bolton.

Wanderers' 3-1 win over Barnsley was their first in a month and saw the Trotters jump out of the relegation zone, although a point for City tonight would see them back in the bottom three.

Hull, who split with manager Leonid Slutsky after their 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday - are three points clear of the drop zone in 20th place.

Bristol City on the up

HT: Birmingham City 0-1 Wolves

Bristol City celebrate
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It's 1-0 to Wolves at St Andrew's but looking back on the weekend's Championship action Bristol City were the big winners - their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate saw the Robins fly up to third in the table - six points off second-placed Cardiff.

The Bluebird continue to occupy a higher branch on the second tier tree - Neil Warnock's side came from a goal down to beat Norwich City 3-1 on Friday night.

Derby were the only other side in the play-off places to win in this round of matches - their win 1-0 over Burton consolidated sixth place.

Sheffield United dropped to fourth after a 3-1 loss at Millwall while Aston Villa slipped to fifth after their 1-1 draw at Leeds United.