Jack Grealish’s second-half winner settled an ugly Second City derby, but Aston Villa’s second victory over Birmingham City this season will be remembered not for his goal but for an assault on the visiting skipper by a spectator from the home section.

City say they intend to ban for life the fan, who was immediately arrested following the 10th-minute incident in which he ran on to the pitch at the home Tilton End and punched Grealish from behind.

Although Grealish recovered to score Villa’s winner, the rest of a heated contest was played out under a cloud.

Villa could have won by more if, shortly after their goal, Conor Hourihane had not hit the bar from Grealish’s pass.

But Blues then wasted two glorious late chances when Villa old boy Craig Gardner, on as a substitute, blazed over the bar from close range before bulleting a header just past the post.

As it was, Villa climb above Blues to ninth in the Championship table, back within four points of the play-off places.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forMrabtiat 58′minutes
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 5mins
  • 26DavisBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGardnerat 79′minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMahoneyat 71′minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 10JutkiewiczBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 8Gardner
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Mrabti
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30HauseBooked at 61mins
  • 40Mings
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Hourihane
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forMcGinnat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10GrealishBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBjarnasonat 84′minutes
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forGreenat 63′minutes
  • 18Abraham
  • 22El Ghazi

Substitutes

  • 7McGinn
  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 19Green
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 26Kodjia
  • 28L Kalinic
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
26,631

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Aston Villa 1.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Booking

John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wes Harding.

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Jack Grealish because of an injury.

Delay in match Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces David Davis.

Hand ball by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Harding.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City).

Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Booking

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Aston Villa 1. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John McGinn.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anwar El Ghazi with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Andre Green (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. John McGinn replaces Glenn Whelan.

goal

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