Villa beat rivals Birmingham to boost promotion push


It has been a hugely tough week for manager Steve Bruce following the death of his father but he could be back in the dugout.

But it was Jedinak who was the main star of the match, influential for the Villans as he dominated the middle of the park.

Birmingham finished the match with ten men after Cheikh Ndoye was shown a second yellow card, however, the hosts had already done more than enough for the victory. "If we do that we are more likely to stay in the automatic promotion spots".

If Aston Villa do win promotion back to the Premier League, Jedinak will be 34 by the time their comeback season kicks off, but on the back of this performance there is still life in the old dog yet.

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Calderwood, standing in for the indisposed Steve Bruce, was full of praise for the all-round team performance. We'll enjoy the elation but we're all aware of what lies ahead.

'We have played very well of late but in the first 25 minutes we were not on our front foot.

Aston Villa fans celebrate against Birmingham.

Assistant boss Colin Calderwood said: "We hope he will be here on Sunday and part of our job is to help throughout the week". The former took his tally to 13 for the season and has discovered a goalscoring habit since being switched from the right flank to the left.