Derby games can be cruel, cruel affairs - especially in this city.
Just ask the likes of Peter Enckelman or Thomas Sorensen.
But the boot was on the other foot at St Andrew's yesterday as Liam Ridgewell suffered like no other player has done in the modern-day history of this fixture.
It's one thing being the man responsible for a defeat, as those two past Villa keepers Enckelman and Sorensen both were. It's quite another when a player undergoes the ups and downs that Ridgewell did against his old club.
After the honour of leading out Birmingham City for the first time in a derby, amidst spine-tingling pre-match tension, came the utter sickness less than a quarter of an hour later of helplessly putting through his own net.
Then, late on, after Mikael Forssell thought he had saved Ridgewell's face and rescued Blues at least a point, came an even quicker transformation from joy to despair.
One minute Ridgewell thought he was a derby hero when he met Sebastian Larsson's corner and headed goalwards, only for Gabriel Agbonlahor to block the ball on the line.
Then he turned back into the villain when Ashley Young crossed from the left, Agbonlahor got in ahead of him and guided home the header that won Villa their third successive derby victory and handed Blues a worrying sixth defeat in their last seven matches.
It is over two years since Villa finally recorded their first Premiership derby win at St Andrew's after four attempts. From the sides' last meeting, in April 2006, there were just two outfield players who started both games.
Ridgewell was one of them, of course, as was his former Villa team-mate, and now his opposing captain Gareth Barry. And Blues keeper Maik Taylor is one of the few to survive Steve Bruce's latest wholesale spending spree.
After a great Blues start, it their poor luck was in evidence after a handball shout against Zat Knight did not go the way of the home side. But, after failing to get anything from a first eight minutes camped in the Villa half, the visitors went straight down the other end and stole the lead.
Stiliyan Petrov turned Olivier Kapo wide on the right, Johan Djourou failed to clear the cross at the near post and the ball flew in off the luckless Ridgewell's knee.
The only saving grace for Ridgewell as he searched in vain for the nearest hole to open and swallow him up was that his moment of horror was one more appreciated by the viewers at home rather in the stadium, most of whom were in blissful ignorance as to whose name would go down on the scoresheet.
Certainly, when compared with past moments of Second City derby horror which have made total chumps of the likes of Enckelman, Dion Dublin and Sorensen, Ridgewell was, by comparison, just very unlucky.
It had a lasting effect on Blues who were suddenly second best.
Carew had a good chance only to be denied low to his left by Maik Taylor after being released by Barry, who, just moments before had become the first name in Steve Bennett's notebook when he produced a cynical, over-thetop challenge on Djourou.
But Blues managed to eventually raise their spirits and raise their game. Daniel de Ridder had a goalbound shot blocked by Martin Laursen, Kapo fired a left-foot shot just wide. And then Blues had their second penalty claim of the half turned down.
De Ridder cut inside first Freddie Bouma then Laursen, who appeared to the naked eye to have pulled out of a rather wild tackle. When de Ridder went down, it appeared that he might have taken a dive. But again TV evidence suggested that the Dane had, in fact, caught the Dutchman. And that made not only the lack of a penalty, but de Ridder's subsequent booking a very harsh verdict.
Chances came at either end before the break as Agbonlahor forced Taylor to save with his legs and Jerome fired over at the other end. But, if Villa's half-time lead seemed on the harsh side, Blues were deservedly level just past the hour mark.
Via Kapo and Fabrice Muamba, the ball was played out to de Ridder wide on the right and the speed and accuracy of his first-time cross was enough to outfox Laursen.
The Danish defender not only misjudged the cross but lost Forssell in the process. And Blues' half-time substitute timed his run superbly to bullet home a header for his second derby goal.
It was also his first goal since the opening day of the season. There immediately looked there might be more to follow from Blues when Jerome cut in and saw his powerful shot beaten away by Scott Carson. An even better chance followed when Forssell set up Jerome who shot high into the crowd again.
Villa, in turn, wasted one great chance when Nigel Reo-Coker volleyed over after being set up by Barry's header. But Blues then looked the more likely winners. From Larsson's corner, Ridgewell headed just over the angle.
But it was all settled inside one glorious minute for Agbonlahor, which proved a nightmare for his old Villa team-mate.
Ridgewell's header from Larsson's corner was blocked on the line by Agbonlahor and, just two minutes later, Agbonlahor went up the other end of the field, got on the end of Young's left-wing cross ahead of Ridgewell and won the three points - as well as a place in Second City derby folklore.