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Last updated : 06 December 2005 By Brian Cartlidge

Harewood delivers a hammer blow

Christmas is around the corner but gifts have been on offer here all season and nothing changed last night. Having taken an early lead through Emile Heskey, Birmingham meekly surrendered, falling to a sixth home defeat of the season that leaves them mired in relegation trouble and still seeking a first Premiership win in front of their own fans. The Guardian

Harewood crowns recovery as injury toll undermines Birmingham

It was at St Andrew's that West Ham United were condemned to relegation three seasons ago. Last night they withstood a second-half battering to register their second Premiership away victory of 2005-06 and leave Birmingham City increasingly fretful of the drop this time round. The Independent

Harewood defies pain to increase pressure on Bruce

Reports of Birmingham City’s demise may not have been exaggerated. The ease with which West Ham United came from behind to win, and the number of Steve Bruce’s players drooping back to the treatment room, suggest that the West Midlanders may be still to reach their lowest point. The Times

Harewood gives West Ham the edge

Superbly taken goals by Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood enabled West Ham to make light of the early shock of being broken down by Emile Heskey last night. The Londoners' well deserved victory extended Birmingham's miserable home record. The Telegraph