Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has called for fairness when "trial by television" is adapted to highlight misdemeanours by players which may have escaped the attention of the referee.
Striker leads side in easy win over Villa and closer to top spot as United are held by Birmingham
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Carlo Ancelotti expects to come in for criticism following Chelsea's dramatic slump in fortunes.
The Brian Viner Interview: Until recently Lee Bowyer was one of the most vilified players in the Premier League but the Birmingham midfielder has finally cleaned up his act and, older and wiser, can reflect on the latest scandals afflicting the game
Alex McLeish admits Birmingham's fine form during the first half of the season means new signing Michel can be given additional time to settle at St Andrew's.
FA may enforce two-game suspended sentence after criticism of Fletcher's red card
Birmingham are closing in on the signing of Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel in a £3 million deal, Press Association Sport understands.
Manchester City are among the clubs rumoured to be chasing Lucas Neill's signature after the Australia defender opted to leave West Ham.
McLeish demands show of character to secure automatic promotion
Never the most scintillating of Championship sides, Birmingham City threw away the chance to seal an immediate return to the Premier League when Paul McKenna and Ross Wallace both scored from outside the penalty area to earn Preston North End a 2-1 win at St Andrews and keep their own hopes of a play-off place alive.
Birmingham City 1 Southampton 0: Irishman now feeling at home with Birmingham leaves Southampton heading in wrong direction
So much that was unexpected came to Upton Park on Saturday: springtime, Fabio Capello, Alex McLeish's smile ... it was that kind of afternoon. And yet, towards the end, with aimless long balls becoming the tactic of choice for both teams, it was something foreseeable that disfigured this match: the Lee Bowyer sending off.