By Amir Mir
Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner has hit out at Aston Villa supporters after his side survived relegation on the last day of the Championship season.
Harry Redknapp’s side recorded a 1-0 win away at Bristol City on Sunday afternoon to ensure they kept their place in the second tier.
Che Adam’s scored the only goal of the game as Blackburn suffered relegation along with Wigan and Rotherham, who were already down before a ball was kicked at the weekend.
Midfielder Garnder, who came through the ranks at Villa, made big claims about the fans wearing Blackburn shirts during their 1-0 defeat against Rovers a fortnight ago.
However, Garnder feels his side didn’t need the help of their second city rivals after they secured safety on the last day of the season.
“And do you know the best part of that [survining]? Them down the road didn’t help us – we didn’t need any bit of help from them,” said Gardner, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
I’m not even going to mention their name, the way they think they are. That sums them up. Are they Villa fans? Villa fans wearing Blackburn shirts?
“It sums them up. But we didn’t need any help from them, we did it ourselves.”
Villa beat their neighbours 1-0 on April 23 when Gabby Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game to send the Holte End into wild celebrations.
That was Redknapp’s first game in charge of the Blues after Gianfranco Zola had left the club on April 16 after the defeat at home to Burton.
Nonetheless, Villa have ended their disappointing season by finishing 13th in the table on 62 points from 46 matches.
By contrast, Birmingham finish the season in 19th, 11 points behind their rivals, with the duo set to resume their rivalry next season.
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