I will be 100% honest here and admit that historically that the rivalry between Villa and Birmingham had never really been something that I have got into. Being from London probably goes some way in telling you why that is. The fact Birmingham have not beaten Villa in 10 years is probably another reason why I have also be so dismissive of rivalry. But today was different, I don’t fully understand why, perhaps after 5 awful seasons, this was looking to be the first time that Villa were looking to string together 3 wins in a row or perhaps the fact Birmingham were looking down at Villa in the League. Either way, I felt an anxiety that I certainly had not felt with the game before.

The first half was fairly even with Birmingham coming closest to opening the scoring when Donaldson’s header was held on the line by Gollini. Villa did go up the other end where Kuszczak came out of his area to take out Adomah. Westwood shot wide on the follow up. Adomah was unable to continue and whilst no action was taken against Kuszczak, In my opinion it should have been a straight red.

Fairy tales do not come along too often in football, however after 29 minutes it certainly looked like local lad Gary Gardner was about to write his own when he swooped in with a fine looping header to give Villa the lead before running the full length of the pitch to celebrate with the Villa faithful.

I should point out that fairy tales don’t always have a happy ending and whist Villa went in at the break a goal up, it was Birmingham that took control in the 2nd half and equalised on 71 minutes through midfielder Davis.

Villa did bring on Agbonlahor for the last 10 minutes and for the short period that he was on, he looked committed and played like he had a point to prove. 10 minutes is one thing but being consistent and showing this level of commitment, passion and hunger for the club, game in and game out is another – I am not so sure. It is up to Gabby to prove to us that he still has a future at Villa..

Overall, I am more than happy with the point, though on Birmingham’s part, I don’t think they have bragging rights on out singing the Villa faithful especially when your fans outnumber Villa’s with numbers greater than 10-1. Nice try Rowett!

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Bruce is still undefeated as Villa Boss with 2 wins and 2 draws. Villa have played 5 of the top 8 in the Championship and with 2nd from bottom Blackburn at home next week, we really should be looking for all 3 points. Ayew will be suspended for the game. Villa do welcome back Grealish, who no doubt will be raring to go.