Juan Mata scores the opening goal against Birmingham City

Cup runs have hit Birmingham's promotion hopes, says Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton admits Birmingham's double cup adventure this season has affected their npower Championship promotion hopes.

Davies displays 'magnificent' grit

Derby County 2 Blackpool 1

Juan Mata celebrates scoring Chelsea's first goal

Life after AVB gets off to good start for Chelsea with Cup win

Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 2

German coach Joachim Low

Joachim Low refuses to comment on Chelsea speculation

Germany coach Joachim Low has refused to comment on speculation linking him with the vacancy at Chelsea.

Matthew Etherington wheels away after scoring the winner

Etherington takes his chance as referee dithers

Stoke City 1 Norwich City 0

Under pressure: Andre Villas-Boas feels the heat

Villas-Boas admits he doesn't deserve backing

Chelsea manager says Abramovich should not offer public support after defeat at West Brom

A view of St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City

Transfer embargo placed on Birmingham

Birmingham have confirmed the Football League have placed them under a transfer embargo after they failed to submit their club accounts on time.

France beat Germany in midweek

Form of France, Sweden and Ukraine spells trouble

If England went down fighting in Wednesday night's defeat by the Netherlands, that might not be enough for them to progress from their group at this summer's European Championship.

Basement boys Wigan fail to beat Aston Villa

Wigan 0 Aston Villa 0

Andre Villas-Boas was forced to defend his team selection for Chelsea’s defeat in Naples on Tuesday night to the big boss

Roman demands answers over Villas-Boas's line-up

Pressure mounts as Chelsea owner asks why Lampard and Cole were left out

Championship round-up: Fahey's fierce drive keeps Birmingham motoring

Birmingham City moved into third place in the Championship last night with a 3-1 win at Barnsley, while Middlesbrough moved into the top six by beating struggling Millwall 3-1 at the New Den.

Blackpool's Lomana LuaLua shows his tricks to Abdoulaye Faye

Allardyce delighted by 10-man win

Blackpool 1 West Ham United 4

Villas-Boas watches on as Chelsea draw with Birmingham

Sam Wallace: Villas-Boas is so right to put the boot into dressing room

Talking Football: I'm not concerned about what the players think. I have the owner's backing. My authority is total

Andre Villas-Boas is pressing on with his plans to overhaul Chelsea

Sam Wallace: AVB right to put the boot into dressing room

As his flight to Naples lifts out of Gatwick this morning Andre Villas-Boas could be forgiven for gazing out of the window and giving silent thanks for Arsène Wenger and his determined efforts to wrestle back for Arsenal the mantle of the Premier League's "crisis club" every time it looks like Chelsea have the title in the bag.

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