Birmingham City overwhelms Aston Villa 3-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Newly promoted Birmingham City overwhelmed neighbor Aston Villa 3-0 on Monday on a first-half goal by Clinton Morrison that turned out to be the winner in the f

Birmingham City overwhelms Aston Villa 3-0

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Newly promoted Birmingham City overwhelmed neighbor Aston Villa 3-0 on Monday on a first-half goal by Clinton Morrison that turned out to be the winner in the first match between the two sides in the top flight of English soccer in 16 years.Morrison's goal in the 31st - he hooked it in from close-in after scoring twice last week against Liverpool - was followed by one of the strangest goals of the young season.Off a throw-in by Villa defender Olof Mellberg - a ball intended for Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman - Enckelman misjudged the ball and watched as it seemed to brush over the top of his boot and into the net in the 77th minute.City's Geoff Horsfield finished off the scoring in the 83rd to seal the victory before a sellout of 30,000 at St. Andrews. Villa manager Graham Taylor called the fluke goal a turning point and said he'd never seen one like it before.a€œI have never seen a goal like that in all my years in the game. It was a vital turning point in the game, and the second goal was so extraordinary I think it affected everybody, players and fans alike. You should allow yourself 24 hours to sulk or be miserable and then get on with it, and that must apply especially to Peter Enckelman,a€ said Taylor.a€œHe's very, very low and it's always going to live with him and he's always going to be reminded of it in this city. Peter doesn't know whether he touched the ball or not. He doesn't know the laws of the game and he's a very honest lad. It must have been the smallest of touches.a€The Blues had the edge in the first half, but Villa rallied in the second and might have gotten back in the match had a goal by Darius Vassell been allowed. Instead, the play was ruled off side. A TV replay seemed to support the call.The victory gave Birmingham City eight points in six matches to inch ahead of Aston Villa with six points in six matches. City also moved ahead of slumping Manchester United on goal difference. Arsenal leads the Premier League with 14 points.(AP)



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