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PREMIER LEAGUE: Honours even in second city derby

James Collins in his 100th Premier League appearance scored the Aston Villa leveller at rivals Birmingham to earn a point and move the Villans out of the relegation zone. Visitor's Aston Villa will feel they should have claimed all three points against their fellow City strugglers. It is almost six years since Birmingham beat Villa in the league and when Johnson scored just after the break it looked like that record would be broken.

But if a defender could score for the home side than a defender could level for the visitor's. Collins finished crisply after Gabriel Agbonlahor's flick.

Villa will point to the four times they hit the woodwork whilst the Blues also created clear cut chances they failed to take.

A point a-piece is probably a fair result but still leaves both team's glancing nervously over their shoulder at the relegation places.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Venue: St Andrews Attendance: 22,287

Birmingham scorers: Johnson 49 Aston Villa scorers: Collins 73

BIRMINGHAM 26 Foster 02 Carr (yellow card) 03 Murphy 05 Johnson 06 Ridgewell 08 Gardner 11 Bentley 12 Ferguson 18 Fahey 22 Hleb (Zigic 76) 14 Derbyshire (Bowyer 84)

Substitutes 01 Taylor, 28 Jiranek, 04 Bowyer, 23 Beausejour, 25 Mutch, 09 Phillips, 19 Zigic

ASTON VILLA 01 Friedel 05 Dunne (yellow card) 21 Clark 29 Collins (yellow card) 36 Walker 06 Downing 12 Albrighton 19 Petrov 20 Reo-Coker (Bannan 71) 10 Carew (Delfouneso 71) 11 Agbonlahor

Substitutes 33 Marshall, 24 Cuellar, 32 Baker, 08 Pires, 25 Bannan, 28 Hogg, 14 Delfouneso

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