🎥 EFL Performance of the Weekend: Birmingham win basement battle

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Alex Mott

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Hillsborough hosted a huge game at the wrong end of the Championship on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City – two former giants of the English game – went toe-to-toe in a must-win game at the bottom of the table in south Yorkshire.

The Championship

Sheffield Wednesday
Birmingham City

Both sides have endured torrid recent years in the second tier for various reasons.

Wednesday, because of a 10-point deduction at the start of the campaign, sit second bottom, having won just nine games all term.

The Midlands outfit, meanwhile, have been in the doldrums for almost a decade thanks to woeful mismanagement and owners who seem beset on sucking the life out of the club.

Under new boss Aitor Karanka things haven’t exactly been going to plan for the Blues having failed to win in any competition since 16 January.

But that winless run came to an end at Wednesday thanks to a Liam Shaw red card for the home side and a smart second half finish from Scott Hogan.

It takes Birmingham above Rotherham and into 21st place, now just three points behind Coventry and Derby.

Honourable mentions

In League One there was a huge win for strugglers Swindon at home to Crewe.

The Robins have been in dire straits of late, winning only three games since the start of the year and sliding down the table with League Two getting worryingly close to reality.

But the Wiltshire side produced one of their best displays of the campaign so far on Saturday as mid-table Alex came to the County Ground.

Despite an early Tom Lowery finish for the visitors, Swindon rallied and got their winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Scott Twine ensured all three points stayed in the west country.