Updates from derby clash at Villa Park

Aston Villa have won 15 of their past 23 league outings

It was another immensely satisfying afternoon for Aston Villa on Sunday as they beat rivals Birmingham City 2-0 in the Second City Derby to climb to second in the Championship table.

Villa went on to seal the win nine minutes from time when Conor Hourihane pounced on a poor clearance to slam a ferocious strike up over Stockdale and into the net from 20 yards.

The result leaves Steve Cotterill's side just two points above the Championship's relegation zone and their second tier status still remains firmly in the balance.

In an emotionally charged atmosphere, in front of a 41,233 crowd, Villa were the more dominant side in the early exchanges with Grealish emerging as their key player with some delightful football skill.

In a helter-skelter type of encounter it was very much a case of Birmingham defending grimly in the face of increasing odds.

It was in midfield that the home side's superiority was most marked, with Albert Adomah and Robert Snodgrass providing width, assisted by willingly overlapping full-backs, and Jack Grealish outstanding inside them.

The first half finished goalless but Birmingham came within a whisker of opening the scoring three minutes before the break.

In the last minute Ndoye was sent off for a second booking.

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