Deadly DJ downs Sky Blues
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
DJ Campbell came off the bench to score twice as Birmingham beat Coventry 3-0.
It may not quite have been a case of Birmingham sauntering to an automatic promotion spot, but it would be fair to say it was a Sunday stroll in defeating Coventry 3-0 at St Andrews.
Coventry have been rejuvenated under Iain Dowie's tenure thus far but with the Premiership in their sights and a bit between their teeth, Birmingham had no intention other than to collect a maximum haul.
Radhi Jaidi proved the man on the spot when he converted from a setpiece in the 12th minute, before DJ Campbell came off the bench to hammer home a quickfire double and in the process hand his manager Steve Bruce a remainder of his capabilities - which have been sidelined of late.
The impressive Nicklas Bendtner had already tested Andy Marshall with a drive from the edge of the area, when from the subsequent corner, Jaidi reacted quickest to ram home a header from the middle of the box.
Birmingham had other chances to extend their advantage, before after the break Bruce had seen enough of the misfiring Cameron Jerome and called for Campbell in the 62nd minute.
Just three minutes later and his faith was rewarded when Campbell took Stephen Kelly's long pass into his path before producing a fine finish to double his side's lead.
It was Campbell that completed the scoring in the 78th minute when he converted Mehdi Nafti's cross from six yards.
The win sees Birmingham usurp Sunderland into second place, while they currently trail leaders Derby by two points with a game in hand.