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Birmingham up to 15th after win over Huddersfield

David Cotterill
David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

Midfielder David Cotterill lit up an otherwise dour SkyBet Championship encounter with a stunning free-kick to earn Birmingham a 1-0 win against Huddersfield.

The swerve on Cotterill's 70th-minute effort appeared to deceive Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.

Blues striker Clayton Donaldson was fouled on the right edge of the box by Anthony Gerrard and Cotterill stepped up for the set-piece.

Bournemouth smash Blackpool for six

Lee Clark
Lee Clark will be devoid of Christmas cheer. Credit: PA

Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.

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Brentford hold firm to see off Cardiff comeback

Jota was on the scoresheet
Jota was on the scoresheet once again. Credit: PA

Brentford held off Cardiff's second-half fightback to continue their impressive SkyBet Championship promotion push with a 3-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bees were coasting after first-half goals from Alex Pritchard, Andre Gray and Jota Peleteiro Ramallo put them in total control.

Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones pulled goals back for Cardiff, but the visitors held on to make it seven wins from their last eight games.

Cardiff, meanwhile, fall further away from the play-off places as they struggle for consistency under Russell Slade.

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