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Birmingham catapulted themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Bolton at St Andrew's.

Veteran Blues striker Kevin Phillips made the most of being handed his first league start of the season by opening the scoring in the fourth minute, the 37-year-old meeting Sebastian Larsson's corner and unleashing an effort that Jussi Jaaskelainen could not stop going in.

Craig Gardner made it 2-0 just before the hour-mark with a fine effort that crashed in off the post and although Johan Elmander's reply for Wanderers set up a tense finale, the hosts hung on for three vital points.

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Jussi Jaaskelainen
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