Birmingham City - Phillips grabs last gasp win
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Birmingham City 1 - Sheffield United 0

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Attendance: 24,019

Phillips grabs last gasp win

Kevin Phillip struck in the 92nd minute to give Birmingham the perfect start to the new season by beating another of the favourites for promotion, Sheffield United.

Phillips scored on his debut once again when he fired home a volley deep into injury time to garb all three points for the Blues.

The game started with some meaty challenges going in but the first save either keeper was forced into came after 12 minutes when Gary Speed smashed in a shot from 20 yards that Maik Taylor saw late, but managed to tip over the bar.

Gary McSheffrey almost caught keeper Paddy Kenny napping when he put in a cross, while at the other end Taylor was called into action again to stop an effort from Billy Sharp.

Marcus Bent came close to opening the scoring on his debut when James McFadden put in a ball to the far post but the ball was millimetres too high, but as half time drew in, the striker had an effort on target but the shot was blocked by a desperate dive.

If Seb Larsson had been just a whisker quicker off the mark at the start of the second half he could have just beat Kenny to the ball as he came in on goal.

Soon after McSheffrey put in a dangerous cross from the left, but the ball was cleared for a corner.

Phillips came on in the 65th minute and it turned out to be a good substitution in the end although Jon Stead had a chance to give the visitors the lead.

McFadden missed a great chance to put the home side ahead in the 72nd minute, firing over from 12 yards when he really should have at least hit the target.

And just as it looked as though the game was heading towards a 0-0 stalemate, up popped Phillips late on and he made no mistake in making himself an instant hero with Blues fans

Great start for Blues and good to see a clean sheet for the first time in God knows how long.

Blues: Taylor, Murphy, Taylor, Ridgewell, Larsson (Jerome 82), McSheffrey (Phillips 65), Nafti, McFadden, Parnaby, Bent (O'Connor 73), Carsley. Subs: Doyle, Queudrue.

Blades: Kenny, Halford, Naysmith, Morgan, Kilgallon, Henderson (Stead 82), Sun, Speed, Tonge, Sharp (Webber 61), Quinn. Subs: Cotterill, Spring, Ehiogu.

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Date:Saturday August 9 2008

Time: 4:01PM

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Bet you love added time now.......I have Philips in my Texaco FT, So i'm a happy chappie........But not so happy with Richard Wright in goal......Boooooo.
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09/08/2008 16:27:00

good result play until the end
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09/08/2008 22:18:00

I think it was a good win, although Sheff Utd aren't that good, Billy Sharp will never make a championship striker.
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09/08/2008 23:33:00

Idiot, billy sharp is a clown, Scunthorpe saw you coming. Lie down and take a tablet you loser
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10/08/2008 13:10:00

you are very normal and how you are odds on favourities for going back up is a joke. it does make me chuckle you moto on billy sharp all i can say is you are envious. with beattie playing we would have beaten you yesterday you jammy 5h1t5!!
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10/08/2008 16:11:00

Well 3 points is 3 points.No matter how you obtain them!!No other shots on target though is worrying.No creativity and the ball given away too cheaply for my liking.Tiny not the answer in central defence.No mobilityand lack of speed and technique leaves us vulnerable.You can sense nervousness in team and crowd when the ball goes anywhere near him and although he was injured if your team mates have no confidence in you it is better you leave the field and let someone else have a go.Could do with a player with speed of recovery and technique on the ball.I would like to see Kelly given a go if we can`t get any one in.Not sure how this would leave us for airial power though at set pieces and in the championship more teams seem to go the airial route.Still think we will be there or thereabouts at the end but don`t think it will be as cut and dried as some think.Be interesting how the crowd react to a sticky patch.
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11/08/2008 13:30:00


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