There were contrasting emotions for rivals Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the Championship on Saturday.

Championship Review: Birmingham move out of the drop zone

Birmingham City moved out of the Championship relegation zone with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ipswich Town, while Aston Villa's automatic promotion hunt suffered a blow in a goalless draw at Hull City.

New Blues boss Garry Monk saw his side record back-to-back league wins thanks to Jota's 21st-minute penalty at St Andrews.

Jacques Maghoma was brought down by Cameron Carter-Vickers and Spanish playmaker Jota scored for the third time in two matches following his brace in the 3-0 win over Hull before the international break.

Birmingham are now two points clear of the drop, while city rivals Villa were unable to find a way past Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

Villa had the best chance of the first half through Albert Adomah and pushed hard for a winner late on, but have now gone three matches without a victory and sit nine points adrift of second-place Cardiff City, who have a game in hand.

Hughes slams woeful Saints

Hughes slams woeful Southampton after West Ham defeat

Southampton's capitulation at the hands of West Ham on Saturday left Mark Hughes frustrated and hunting for a way to solve their problems.

Klopp: Liverpool are on fire

Liverpool 'are on fire' ahead of City clash, says Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool had to dig deep to beat Crystal Palace, but it leaves them in a buoyant mood before facing Manchester City.

Pardew questions meek West Brom

Pardew questions West Brom's meek mentality

West Brom's "tentative" start to their Premier League defeat to Burnley left Alan Pardew unimpressed.

Napoli held by struggling Sassuolo

Sassuolo 1 Napoli 1: Sarri's men hand Juventus chance to extend lead

Juventus could go four points clear at the Serie A summit on Saturday after Napoli could only draw 1-1 at relegation battlers Sassuolo.

Puel rues 'harsh' Ndidi red card

Puel rues 'harsh' Ndidi red card in Leicester's win at Brighton

Claude Puel felt Wilfred Ndidi's sending off at the Amex Stadium was the result of an imbalance in the referee's decision-making.