James Milner scored a late penalty to keep Aston Villa in the hunt for a Champions League spot at the expense of local rivals Birmingham who were beaten 1-0 at Villa Park.
The England midfielder converted from the spot in the 83rd minute after Blues defender Roger Johnson had been adjudged to have brought down Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Villa are now level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, although they have played a game more and have an inferior goal difference.
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