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Kiwi Wood earns Birmingham Europa League success

Championship Birmingham City were grateful to a last-minute goal from New Zealand forward Chris Wood in the 2-1 Europa League win at Bruges. A summer loan signing from West Bromwich Albion, substitute Wood's late winner made it two wins out of three for Chris Hughton's side as it went level on top of group H with its beaten rival.

Woods has now netted 10 goals in thirteen appearances this season.

The winner came in the 10th minute of stoppage time after unconscious team-mate Pablo Ibanez had needed lengthy treatment.

"This competition is very important for me and the club," said the New Zealander. "We came here and played against a very strong side.

"The fans turned out and were in good voice last night. There were over 5,000 people cheering us on and that is something that we have to take on.

"I scored that goal for them. They came out in force and showed their presence in the stadium.

"They've been brilliant the whole way, even when we went 1-0 down they never stopped cheering us on and it was great to have them over here.

"This is a great competition for us to thrive in."

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