Jonathan Spector of Birmingham City
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American Exports: Spector, Birmingham blow chance

AMSTERDAM — Jonathan Spector and struggling Birmingham City missed a chance to catapult as many as six places in the Championship table, dropping a tough 1-0 decision at Crystal Palace on Monday.

The US international worked a tidy full shift in central midfield as the Brums fell victim to Kagisho Dikgacoi's first goal of the season from an 85th-minute corner kick.

Having failed to make good on 11 corners of their own after generally outplaying the Eagles, Birmingham sit 14th in the standings, six points out of a promotion playoff place.

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