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Last updated : 02 April 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

Chelsea wobbling as Birmingham stabilise

Didier Drogba, the man we all assumed warmed up for games by performing a swallow dive from the top step of the team coach, miraculously managed to keep his feet throughout the 90 minutes. But Chelsea might feel they are ankle deep in quicksand after Manchester United's win at Bolton reduced their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Telegraph

Bruce draws hope at last

After leaking 12 goals in three games, Birmingham finally stopped the bleeding to take an unlikely point from the champions, leaving co-owner David Sullivan feeling sheepish for questioning his players' commitment and Chelsea looking a pale shadow of the Liverpool team who hit seven here in the FA Cup. Observer

Birmingham win back fans' hearts

Just when it looked as though a Chelsea match might pass by without controversy, the smartly raised flag of a referee's assistant denied them an undeserved goal that would have put the destination of the Premiership title beyond dispute. There was not a yellow card throughout, not a dive worthy even of the shallow end, but there was still cause for Jose Mourinho to berate the officials. Independent

Stuttering Chelsea fail to fire

It was All Fools Day, and you would surely have been taken for one had you forecast this result. Birmingham, anchored in the relegation places, had conceded 12 goals in their previous three matches, and were again hard hit by injuries, yet they raised their game in heroic fashion to shut out the best team in the country. Times