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Villa win Birmingham derby
A late goal gives Villa a 2-1 win while Manchester United and Tottenham record wins.
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2007 18:34 GMT

Former Villa player and now Birmingham captain Liam Ridgewell had a bad day at the office [GALLO/GETTY]

Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor gave Aston Villa local bragging rights as his late goal clinched a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Birmingham at St Andrews on Sunday.
 
Former Villa player Liam Ridgewell, now a Birmingham defender, gave his old club the lead with a first half own goal before Mikael Forssell came off the bench to level for the hosts.
However Agbonlahor was rewarded for a dynamic display when he glanced in Ashley Young's cross with just three minutes remaining to clinch Villa's first away win since April.
 
"I've had a few good moments in my career but this is one of the best," Agbonlahor said.
"It's not just the goal. I live quite close to the area and support the club so the win means a lot to my family and friends."
 
Villa managed to soak up early Birmingham pressure and took the lead against the run of play in the 10th minute, thanks to a gift from an old team-mate.
 
Stiliyan Petrov whipped in a low cross from the right flank and Ridgewell, unsighted as the ball flew past Johan Djourou, reacted too late as it deflected off his knee and into the net.
 

"As usual with Mr Bennett we didn't get anything. He's got them wrong and I hope he comes out and says that."

Steve Bruce, Birmingham manager, comments on the referee's performance

Ridgewell spent six years with Villa before moving across town in pre-season, and the away fans were quick to rub salt into the wound by chanting "there's only one Liam Ridgewell" for several minutes.
 
Birmingham gradually began to fight back, but referee Steve Bennett turned down a penalty claim after Daniel de Ridder tumbled under Martin Laursen's lunge, before booking de Ridder for diving.
 
With the home fans getting behind their team, Birmingham were rewarded for their tenacity in the 62nd minute when Fabrice Muamba sent a pass out to de Ridder and the Dutch winger picked out Forssell, who sent a powerful header past Scott Carson to make it 1-1.
 
Ridgewell's nightmare continues
 
But Ridgewell will want to forget this afternoon in a hurry.
 
His attacking header with five minutes to go was destined to go in until Agbonlahor cleared off the line, and two minutes later the defender had a key role as his former club stole the points.
 
Young curled in a cross and Ridgewell, Birmingham captain, allowed Agbonlahor to get in front of him and glance a header past Taylor to take three points.
 
Steve Bruce, Birmingham boss, was furious with referee Steve Bennett's refusal to give his side two penalties.
 
"I thought they were both penalties at the time. In a big game we were harshly done by again," Bruce fumed.
 
"As usual with Mr Bennett we didn't get anything. He's got them wrong and I hope he comes out and says that."
 
Ronaldo on the double for United
 
Later on Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in two minutes to send Manchester United three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
 
Ronaldo headed home in the 34th minute and doubled his tally with a right-footed shot in the 36th at Old Trafford as Blackburn's David Dunn was sent off for a second yellow card in the 53rd minute.
 
"The decisive moments were a fantastic header from Ronaldo and a quick goal after it, that killed them really," Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager, told Sky Sports TV.
 

Everton's Tim Cahill, lower left, snatches a
draw with late a bicycle kick [GALLO/GETTY]

In London, Chelsea had all three points in the bag against Everton until a brilliant overhead kick by Tim Cahill in the 89th minute left goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, standing in for the injured Petr Cech, with no chance.
 
Didier Drogba had put Chelsea in front in the 70th minute when he nodded in at the near post off a corner by Ivory Coast compatriot and substitute Salomon Kalou.
 
"It's frustrating, especially as we played very well and created a lot of chances. They had one chance and they scored," said Avram Grant, Chelsea manager.
 
Across town, Tottenham thrashed Wigan 4-0 at White Hart Lane with Jermaine Jenas netting twice in the first half and Aaron Lennon adding a third before the break before substitute Darren Bent rounded out the scoring in the 73rd minute.
 
Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough drew 0-0 at the Reebok Stadium, while at Fratton Park the scoreline was the same as Manchester City hung on to third place, on 26 points, with a goalless draw against Portsmouth.
 
Unbeaten Arsenal play at Reading on Monday.
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