Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Phillips Makes His Former Boss Suffer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Phillips Makes His Former Boss Suffer

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Birmingham .......................................... 2 Wolves ................................................... 1 VETERAN striker Kevin Phillips came off the substitutes' bench to earn a dramatic victory for Birmingham with a two-goal blast against local rivals Wolves.

Kevin Doyle looked to have given Wolves boss Mick McCarthy the perfect present on his 51st birthday by breaking the deadlock shortly before half-time.

But then 36-year-old Phillips - sold by McCarthy when the latter was Sunderland manager - came on for Christian Benitez and struck twice in six minutes to leave Wolves in the bottom three.

It was rough justice for Wolves, who had been a match for Blues for lengthy periods with Doyle a constant threat to the normally solid Blues rearguard.

But Birmingham's battling spirit again surfaced, with midfielder Barry Ferguson driving them on before Phillips' (pictured right) decisive contribution.

The home side were the first to settle and a superb pass from Ferguson picked out the run of Lee Bowyer. However, the former England midfielder - who scored the winner in the match between the sides at Molineux earlier in the season - was denied a shooting opportunity by a fine tackle from Ronald Zubar.

Wolves midfielder Michael Mancienne blocked a closerange Cameron Jerome header after Liam Ridgewell had turned James McFadden's corner across goal.

Blues forced six corners in the first 15 minutes and, from one of them by Sebastian Larsson, Hahnemann blocked a close-range attempt by Jerome after the ball had bounced back across goal off Benitez.

Joe Hart became the first player to be booked after 25 minutes for bringing down Doyle after racing out of his area. Wolves came more into the game and made use of their extra man in midfield via a 4-5-1 formation - and Zubar wasted a great chance to put them in front. …

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