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Cardiff City drew one-all against promotion rivals Birmingham Photo: PA

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says his team will learn from their 2-0 home defeat to Everton.

The Swans went into the game in a fine vein of form, playing flowing football that had won them plaudits from many quarters.

However, Everton’s canny tactical game of closing down the Swans players early meant the home side’s usual passing game was stifled.

A sweetly-struck free kick by Leighton Baines gave Everton the lead in the second half and a second by Nikica Jelavic sealed the win for the visitors. The result means Swansea having to wait just a little bit longer before ensuring Premier League survival in the their first season in the top flight.

A touch of class from Cardiff City’s Mark Hudson rescued a point for his side and kept their push for a Championship play-off place on course as they drew one-all at promotion rivals Birmingham City. Hudson’s volley 13 minutes from the end cancelled out Erik Huseklepp’s goal ten minutes earlier. The Bluebirds may consider it an opportunity missed as they dominated much of the game at St Andrews, although Cardiff keeper David Marshall did have to save a penalty from Marlon King. The result leave the sides locked on 60 points each – with Birmingham’s superior goal difference putting them one place above the Bluebirds in the table.

A dramatic finale in Dublin gave the Ospreys a crucial win against table-topping Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12. The Ospreys were trailing until three minutes from the end, when Richard Hibbard went over for a try that needed referral to the video referee. The match-winning conversion from Dan Biggar went in off the post. The 22-23 scoreline means Ospreys are second in the table.

The Dragons also ran out winners at struggling Edinburgh, while the Scarlets took the honours in the Welsh derby – beating the Blues 26-14.

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