Football: Birmingham on verge of drop into third tier after latest loss

LONDON (AFP) - Birmingham City stand on the brink of relegation to the third tier of English football, after a 1-0 home defeat by Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

An early goal by Callum McManaman was enough for Wigan to take all three points at St Andrew's, and confirm a place in the Championship promotion play-offs for the Latics with a game to spare.

But for Birmingham, three years after they won the League Cup when they beat Arsenal at Wembley before being relegated from the Premier League, they are now staring at League One football next season following an 18th successive Championship home game without a win stretching back to October.

With one game remaining, their fate is now out of their own hands as they lie a point adrift of safety.

Even a win at Bolton Wanderers in the final game of the season on Saturday might not be enough to save them if other results do not go their way.

However, Charlton secured their safety by beating Watford 3-1 at The Valley.

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