Blackburn Paper View

Last updated : 20 April 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

Forssell strike helps ease Bruce's blues

In the words of their battle hymn, Birmingham will keep right on to the end of the road and this desperate victory made it probable that that road will be the M61 that leads to Bolton's stadium on the last day of the season.

Birmingham have the last laugh on fired-up Savage

Just when Robbie Savage seemed to have enacted his ideal script with unnerving timing, scoring a late equaliser that threatened to all but send his former club down from the Barclays Premiership, Birmingham City increased the dramatic tension last night. Three minutes from time, Mikael Forssell turned in his first league goal from open play for two years to lift Steve Bruce's team out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Times

Forssell's late strike allows battling Birmingham to breathe a little easier

Birmingham City fans have waited a long time for this moment. Some 15 months have passed since Robbie Savage departed St Andrew's in such acrimonious circumstances and with only three minutes remaining it appeared as if the Welshman would have the last laugh. His first goal in a Blackburn shirt, with only 12 minutes remaining, could not have arrived at a worse time and as he wheeled away in delight three quarters of St Andrew's was gripped with a raging sense of injustice. Guardian

Forssell fans flames of Birmingham survival bid

Mikael Forssell, spinning to fire the winner with three minutes remaining, not only lifted Birmingham City out of the Premiership relegation zone but also denied their former player Robbie Savage the satisfaction of seeing his first goal for Blackburn Rovers earn a point towards qualification for the Uefa Cup. Independent