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Summary

  1. Villa now unbeaten in 13 Second City league derbies
  2. First-half Kodjia and Grealish goals put Villa ahead after Jutkiewicz's opener
  3. Abraham added Villa's third from the spot before Pedersen responded
  4. Hutton scored a fine fourth for Villa after solo run

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    That's just about your lot for today.

    Not a bad way to spend a Sunday lunchtime was it?!

    But fear not, there is a full programme of Championship football on Tuesday and Wednesday, so you won't have to wait long for your next EFL fix!

    Until then, goodbye.

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    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    You can read Ged Scott's report from Villa Park here...

    Villa beat Birmingham in derby thriller

    Jack Grealish and Alan Hutton celebrate

    Aston Villa come from behind to beat Birmingham City in one of the finest Second City derbies ever played.

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  3. 'There are goals in the team'

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith tells Sky Sports:

    "It gives them [the players] a lot of confidence. It was quite a frantic game, Birmingham are awkward to play against.

    "To not be at your best and score four goals shows there are goals in the team. We just need to improve defensively."

  4. 'I've been through a rollercoaster'

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith tells Sky Sports:

    "Emotionally I've been through a rollercoaster. We can play much better than we did today.

    "But the atmosphere at the end - I took a moment to take it in."

  5. 'A great day for Villa'

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham City

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Villa Park

    Lovely touch from Dean Smith at the end, as he stood waiting by the tunnel to greet every one of his players as they finally reluctantly dragged themselves away from all the acclaim.

    Second last off was a shirtless Alan Hutton. What a derby memento for some lucky fan that must be! Do hope that shirt doesn’t appear on eBay later tonight!

    Followed then by last man Jack Grealish, just like his gaffer, a boyhood Villa fan.

    A great day for them. And all Villa fans.

  6. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Villa are now unbeaten in their last 13 league meetings against their biggest rivals. They've won nine and drawn four.

    It could have been such a different story if Che Adams had not struck the post to put Blues 2-0 up earlier.

  7. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    That's the first time more than three goals have been scored in a Second City derby since 2008, when Villa won 5-1 at Villa Park.

    It'll go down as a classic, that's for sure.

  8. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    A third win on the bounce moves Aston Villa up to eighth in the Championship.

    They're four points behind sixth-placed Derby and a play-off spot.

    Birmingham remain 12th.

    Championship table
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    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is all smiles as he departs down the tunnel with a huge fist pump.

    Jack Grealish also has a big grin on his face. This game means everything to these two local lads.

  10. 'We're always capable of coming back'

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Aston Villa goalscorer Alan Hutton tells Sky Sports:

    "I've been here a long time, this club means so much to me. To score is a dream come true for me.

    "I'm just happy to have won, but to get the goal was unbelievable.

    "They put us under a lot of pressure, but we're always capable of coming back and we proved that today."

  11. 'I dreamed of playing in these games'

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Aston Villa goalscorer Jack Grealish tells Sky Sports:

    "Ever since I was a little kid at school, these are the games I dreamed of playing in.

    "To score takes it to another level. When it went in I was over the moon."

  12. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    That was a fun way to spend a Sunday lunchtime!

    Six goals, including a fantastic solo run and strike from Villa's Alan Hutton, and it's the home side who come out on top.

    Let's get some reaction...

  13. FULL-TIME

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Victory for Aston Villa and it's now 13 league derbies without a win for Birmingham.

    It's a game that Villa fans will be talking about in years to come.

    Blues supporters will want to wipe it from their memory.

    Aston Villa fans and players celebrate
  14. Post update

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Aston Villa are happy to see these final couple of minutes out. Three big points await.

  15. YELLOW CARD

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Birmingham midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld fouls Jack Grealish and it's another booking.

    There will be five minutes of added time.

  16. YELLOW CARD

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Blues striker Lukas Jutkiewicz bundles over Axel Tuanzebe and out comes the card.

    And that's Jutkiewicz's last action of the game as he's replaced by Omar Bogle.

  17. Post update

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Villa are playing keep ball now. It's all they need to do with a minute left plus stoppage time.

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  19. Alan Hutton’s finest hour?

    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Villa Park

    Alan Hutton of Aston Villa

    They love Alan Hutton here. And they love even more now.

    After a derby classic, a goal to put the cherry on any cake.

    A stunning run and tremendous finish from the full-back who, back in the Paul Lambert era, once went two years without getting a game.

    Don’t think any goal scored here can even have been acclaimed quite so loudly.

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    Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham

    Lukas Jutkiewicz has the chance to pull a goal back for Blues but he can't get the ball out of his feet.

    The ball works its way to the big striker inside the Villa box - he can't pull the trigger. Was that Birmingham's last chance gone?