Result: Birmingham 1-2 Nottingham Forest

St Andrews
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Nottingham Forest secure an unexpected but vital three points against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Nottingham Forest pulled off a major shock in the Championship this afternoon by beating promotion hopefuls Birmingham City 2-1 at St Andrews.

Birmingham began the match looking like the better side, dominating the first half an hour so or so. However, it was the away side who took the lead against the run of play.

Garath McCleary picked up the ball from Marcus Tudgay before swinging a cross into Dexter Blackstock, who slid in to give Forest the lead.

Both sides traded chances before half time, Adlene Guedioura firing just wide for the visitors while Andy Reid squandered a chance to level the sides by blasting his shot over the crossbar.

Birmingham finally got their equaliser ten minutes into the second half when Marlon King did well to cut the ball back, finding Chris Burke who duly curled the ball past Lee Camp.

They were only level for eight minutes, however, as a defensive mix-up between Steven Caldwell and Curtis Davies allowed Blackstock to net his and Forest's second of the game.

Birmingham were unable to find an equaliser to avoid the shock defeat, meaning that they drop to fifth in the Championship while Forest move up to 20th.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBournemouth462612898455390
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
RBlackpool45413283691-5525