Buoyant Blues hold 10-man Chelsea

Date published: Saturday 26th December 2009 3:01

While Chelsea enjoyed the better chances, it was Birmingham who had the ball in the net at St Andrew’s, Christian Benitez poking it over the line and apparently being played onside by an injured Didier Drogba only to see the flag raised against him.

The visitors, defending a four-point lead over second-placed Manchester United, had excellent chances to win it themselves as Branislav Ivanovic, Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda all went close, with Alex smashing a first-half free-kick against the bar. Malouda, meanwhile, was dismissed in the 89th minute after receiving a second caution.

The point takes Chelsea five points clear of Manchester United, who travel to Hull on Sunday.

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