Grainger makes amends for City

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Birmingham's victory over Stockport yesterday has left the team from Edgeley Park bottom of the First Division table and still searching for their first points of the season.

Birmingham's victory over Stockport yesterday has left the team from Edgeley Park bottom of the First Division table and still searching for their first points of the season.

The home side took early control of the game, with Martin Grainger, who had been sent off against Walsall on Saturday, making amends with an opener in the second minute and Tommy Mooney registering his fourth goal in three games, this time from the penalty spot, after 21 minutes.

Stockport improved in the second half and were rewarded when Shefki Kuqi pulled one back with a penalty four minutes from time, however it was not enough to deny Birmingham a 2-1 win that moves them into third.

Gillingham's unbeaten run was ended by West Bromwich's first win of the season, Daniele Dichio, on loan from Sunderland, scoring the solitary goal, his second in two games. To make matters worse for the Gills, Roland Edge was sent off after 71 minutes for violent conduct.

At Preston, Neil Shipperley put Wimbledon in front on the stroke of half-time, but Michael Keane's 64th-minute effort meant the Northenders were able to share the points.

In the Second Division, goals in each half from Joey Keith and Scott McGleish against Port Vale at Layer Road took Colchester to the top of the league in their third victory in a four-match unbeaten run.

Brentford's captain, Paul Evans, who had scored the winner at Chesterfield on Saturday, claimed both of his side's goals in their 2-1 win over Cambridge, which took them into second. Paul Wanless scored a consolation 10 minutes from time.

The Swindon manager, Roy Evans, claimed his first League win with his new club with, goals from Joe Osei-Kuffour, David Duke and a Keith O'Halloran penalty seeing off 10-man Bury, who had Lee Unsworth sent off after 72 minutes.

Brighton's home fans had plenty to cheer at the Withdean Stadium after watching their team demolish Blackpool 4-0. The visiting team were already 3-0 down, following goals by Charlie Oatway, Richard Carpenter and Lee Steele, before having Martin Bullock sent off after 65 minutes . Bobby Zamora, last season's leading scorer, added his fourth of the new campaign with the final goal.

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