Birmingham pair Chris Wood and David Murphy enjoying Europa League distraction

Birmingham City duo Chris Wood and David Murphy are dreaming of Europa League glory after their dramatic 2-1 win against Club Brugge last night.

Wood scored in the 10th minute of second half injury time to complete the turnaround and send the Blues to the summit of Group H and in a great position to qualify for the knock-out stages.

It marked the New Zealander’s second goal in a week after notching against Leicester City on Sunday and he praised the fans for their role in last night’s euphoric success when he spoke to Sporting Life: “This competition is very important for me and the club. We came here and played against a very strong side.

“The fans turned out and were in good voice last night. I scored that goal for them. They came out in force and showed their presence in the stadium.

“They’ve been brilliant the whole way, even when we went 1-0 down they never stopped cheering us on and it was great to have them over here.”

Left-back Murphy equalised for the Blues after they fell behind to Joseph Akpala’s 3rd minute opener and the 27-year-old was revelling in what is quickly becoming a European fairytale: “I don’t think you could write it better, could you?

“To score so late in front of all your fans just capped a great evening and it puts us in a great position to actually go and do something in the competition.”

What started off as a ‘welcome distraction’ from the toiling 46-game Championship season has taken on renewed importance for the Blues following their continued success and they will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the group when they entertain the Belgian side in two weeks time at St Andrews.

However they must now turn their attentions back to domestic life when they travel to Bristol City on Sunday who will be looking to kick-start Derek McInnes’ reign as manager with a win.

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