Ahead of Villa v Birmingham, a look at Harry Redknapp's derby day record

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We take a look at how Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has fared in South Coast and North London derbies ahead of clash with Aston Villa.

Harry Redknapp is set for a baptism of fire on Sunday as his Birmingham City side face local rivals Aston Villa in the Second City derby.

The 70-year-old is no stranger to these fierce occasions with experience of the South Coast and North London derbies. Ahead of this weekend's huge showdown, let’s check out Redknapp’s derby day record:


Record vs Southampton: W 1 D 0 L 3

In December of 2003, Redknapp’s first taste of the South Coast derby ended in a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s. The first meeting between the two sides in eight years saw James Beattie score a brace to send Southampton through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

Later on in the month, the former West Ham United boss was on the wrong end of a 3-0 drubbing, once again at St Mary’s. Jason Dodd, Marian Pahars and Beattie were on target to give Gordon Strachan’s side all three points in the first Premier League meeting between the two rivals.

Redknapp got his first South Coast derby victory when the Saints visited Fratton Park later on in the season. Yakubu fired home the 68th minute winner to give Portsmouth their first derby win since the 1964 – and keep their survival hopes alive.

The following season Redknapp quit as Pompey boss a few weeks after suffering a 2-1 defeat to a struggling Southampton side managed by Steve Wigley.


Record vs Portsmouth: W 1 D 0 L 1

Redknapp marked his bold moved across the south coast divide with an FA Cup win over Portsmouth. Two controversial penalties helped his Saints team to an injury-time victory.

Portsmouth got their revenge in the latter stages of the campaign and sent Redknapp’s men bottom of the league in the process. The manager was greeted with boos on his return to Fratton Park, as his team suffered a 4-1 hammering with goals from Yakubu, Arjan De Zeeuw and Lomana LuaLua.

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Record vs Arsenal: W 3 D 3 L 3

Redknapp enjoyed slightly better fortune in North London derbies.

Bar a stalemate in 2009, Redknapp’s encounters with Arsenal were always high-scoring affairs. His first meeting ended in a 4-4 draw as late goals from Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon completed an unlikely comeback.

Of his wins over Arsenal, the dramatic 3-2 victory in 2010 might be the most memorable. His team fought from behind to win their first away meeting against their rivals in 17 years - and put a major dent in the Gunners' title prospects. 

Redknapp did endure three heavy defeats to Arsenal, which included throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 5-2 at the Emirates in his final North London derby.

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