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  • Date:01 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Larsson - pen (11) Zigic (84)
  • Agbonlahor (29)
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96:22 +6.22

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

95:43 +5.43

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance made by Matt Derbyshire.

94:41 +4.41

James Collins receives a caution. James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

93:56 +3.56

Foul by Ciaran Clark on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Jerome.

93:25 +3.25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by James Collins. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

92:16 +2.16

Luke Young produces a cross, save by Ben Foster.

90:58 +0.58

Matt Derbyshire on for Nikola Zigic.

90:26 +0.26

Nathan Delfouneso joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Warnock.

89:50

Robert Pires on for Jonathan Hogg.

88:17

Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, save made by Ben Foster.

87:22

Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by David Murphy.

87:22

David Murphy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.

86:44

Ciaran Clark sends in a cross, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

84:00

A goal is scored by Nikola Zigic from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Cameron Jerome.

82:54

Stewart Downing fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.

81:12

The referee shows Ashley Young a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

80:49

Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

80:29

The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

77:53

Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

76:23

Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

73:30

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.

73:30

Shot from 30 yards by Stewart Downing. Scott Dann gets a block in.

71:43

(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Stephen Ireland coming on for Barry Bannan.

71:21

Jonathan Hogg booked for unsporting behaviour. Keith Fahey fouled by Jonathan Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

67:05

Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

66:09

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

65:28

The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.

64:39

Lee Bowyer leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Gardner.

63:03

Corner taken by Ashley Young, Barry Bannan takes a shot.

62:41

Jonathan Hogg produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Ben Foster makes a save.

61:53

Stephen Carr is cautioned. The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Ashley Young delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

60:16

Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

57:44

Foul by Barry Bannan on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

57:19

The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

55:17

The ball is delivered by Ciaran Clark, save by Ben Foster.

55:08

Barry Bannan sends in a cross.

54:51

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, save by Ben Foster.

54:30

Centre by Keith Fahey, save by Brad Friedel.

54:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Bannan on Liam Ridgewell. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

53:24

Luke Young produces a cross, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

52:26

Centre by Sebastian Larsson, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

50:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Sebastian Larsson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

47:53

Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Roger Johnson results in a free kick. Caution for Scott Dann. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

46:14

The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing.

45:43 +0.43

Unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.

45:06 +0.06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Cameron Jerome. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

44:23

Corner from right by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

43:37

Barry Bannan takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

42:36

Unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

41:42

A cross is delivered by Ciaran Clark, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance.

40:55

Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

39:16

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel.

38:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.

37:48

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

37:17

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Richard Dunne.

36:36

Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Gabriel Agbonlahor manages to make a clearance.

35:34

Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

33:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Lee Bowyer. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

32:34

Shot by Cameron Jerome from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

31:50

Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. James Collins takes the free kick.

31:28

Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball.

29:23

Gabriel Agbonlahor grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Ciaran Clark.

28:20

Unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, save by Brad Friedel.

27:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Keith Fahey. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

26:43

Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner.

21:31

The ball is delivered by Barry Bannan.

18:46

Jonathan Hogg delivers the ball, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

18:13

Luke Young takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.

17:48

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.

16:55

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.

16:05

Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.

14:03

Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

13:30

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

12:15

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, save by Ben Foster.

11:16

Penalty scored by Sebastian Larsson. Birmingham 1-0 Aston Villa.Richard Dunne challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

9:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Cameron Jerome. James Collins takes the free kick.

8:57

Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball.

8:39

The ball is crossed by Stephen Carr, clearance by James Collins.

7:27

Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, Barry Bannan takes a shot. Stephen Carr makes a clearance.

7:05

Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson.

6:33

The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

5:25

Stewart Downing produces a cross.

4:27

Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross.

3:19

A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.

2:59

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

1:31

Effort on goal by Ciaran Clark from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

1:06

Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the left by-line, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

The game gets underway.

The half-time whistle blows.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Alex McLeish is calling on Birmingham fans to create a hostile atmosphere to help give his players the edge over Aston Villa in Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter-final derby at St Andrew's.

McLeish was present eight years ago for the first derby after Blues return to the top flight and remembers the passion of the home fans in a 3-0 triumph over Villa.

The former Scotland boss is not advocating any over-the-top support which spills over into unpleasantness or violence but is aware the fans have a key role to play.

McLeish said: "We are looking at the fans to be at their best, what we've seen with the history of Blues fans, not only in this game but in general.

"The reputation they've gained over the years is being hostile, volatile but not in a nasty way. We are looking to our fans to give the players the energy to help them to victory.

"But I think the bitterness in derbies is what no-one likes to see."

It will be the first Birmingham-Villa derby played in the evening since the violence which surrounded the meetings at St Andrew's and Villa Park in 2002-03.

McLeish said: "We would like to have the banter, the friendly rivalry. That's not going to be possible in certain quarters, I'm sure, but you do look for that.

"I've met Birmingham and Villa fans that co-habit, husband and wife, different parts of families, and the banter in these households must be great.

"I am sure it is not bitter so why can't they exist together in friendly terms - but with the same rivalry that is important in any derby in the world?"

Blues midfielder Craig Gardner could return to face his former club. Gardner will have a late fitness test on the ankle injury which sidelined him for the 1-0 win over Chelsea and the 1-1 draw with Fulham.

He could be a straight replacement for Alexander Hleb who has been ruled out of the derby clash with a hamstring injury, with McLeish confirming he will field a stronger line-up than in the previous rounds.

Gabriel Agbonlahor will return to the Aston Villa side. The striker missed the 4-2 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday with an illness but has recovered and will be in contention for the Second City encounter.

Defender James Collins is fit after a knock but midfielder Stephen Ireland has a sickness bug of his own and will not play.

Youngster Marc Albrighton is missing after having his appendix out and Nigel Reo-Coker, Steve Sidwell, Emile Heskey and Stiliyan Petrov remain sidelined.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has warned his team not to let the occasion get to them, claiming the team who keeps their cool will win.

Villa, who lost to Manchester United in the final of the competition last season, go into the game in far from impressive form with back-to-back Premier League defeats to Blackburn and Arsenal having seen them slip below their rivals in the table.

"We must remain extremely focused on the football side," Houllier said.

"One of the key weapons in games like this is your composure and your control. That goes for both teams. In football, we know that provocation is never punished, it's always retaliation which is punished.

"We have to make sure that if we are being provoked, we've got the nerve to stand up to the situation and not react."

The Frenchman also claimed both sets of fans had a responsibility to ensure the game passes without incident off the pitch.

"I hope it remains a game of football," he said.

"I have heard so many things about the fact that the fans could be heated and that there would be problems."

But he added: "I can only control the team, I can't control the fans. I hope they can control themselves."

The two sides ground out a goalless draw at Villa Park in their league meeting at the end of October and Houllier is expecting another spirited encounter.

"What I want, and I'm sure that (Birmingham boss) Alex (McLeish) would wish the same thing, is that the two teams compete in a very good spirit. To me, that's the main thing," he said.

"We have a duty to promote football and to set an example to kids. It's a game which is on TV, and it's a derby, but more importantly, it's a game of football, and a game of football must be played with football arguments and nothing else."

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

Formation: 451Manager: Gerard Houllier

Aston Villa

  • Ben Foster
  • Stephen Carr
  • Roger Johnson
  • Scott Dann
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Lee Bowyer
  • Keith Fahey
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Maik Taylor
  • Craig Gardner
  • Matt Derbyshire
  • Michel
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Martin Jiranek
  • David Murphy

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Match Report

Zig Niks it for Blues Nikola Zigic put Birmingham through to their first Carling Cup semi-final for nine years with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in a hard-fought derby marred by ugly scenes at the end. Thousands of Blues fans charged towards the Villa supporters and dozens of missiles and some flares were thrown before order was restored and City can expect to face Football Association action. Zigic's deflected shot five minutes from time settled the tie after Gabriel Agbonlahor had cancelled out Sebastian Larsson's early penalty. Villa were unable to deny City their first win over their local rivals for five-and-a-half years. Blues striker Cameron Jerome had the first shot on goal after being found in space by Keith Fahey. But Villa keeper Brad Friedel had his body behind the low drive from the former England Under-21 striker. Villa were the first to settle and Zigic leared a goal-bound header from James Collins from a Stewart Downing corner. But then Birmingham took the lead against the run of play after 10 minutes through a Larsson penalty. Jerome turned the ball into Lee Bowyer and he was brought down by Villa skipper Richard Dunne. Up stepped Larsson to drill a low penalty past Friedel who went to his right. The home side could have doubled their lead after 23 minutes. Larsson's low cross found Zigic unmarked but his first touch was dreadful and the ball bounced away from the Serbia international. Birmingham thought they had doubled their lead after 28 minutes. Larsson's corner fell into the path of Zigic whose low shot was dragged back by Friedel when replays suggested it may have crossed the line. But one of the assistants raised his flag with Liam Ridgewell adjudged to be in an offside position. Villa took advantage of this good fortune and after 30 minutes Agbonlahor struck at St Andrew's for the third successive game to bring his side back on level terms. Jonathan Hogg threaded the ball into the path of Agbonlahor and his low cross shot flew past Ben Foster into the corner of the net. Birmingham had a chance to instantly regain the lead when Jerome found himself with only Friedel to beat. But he lofted the ball over the veteran goalkeeper and wide of the far post. City defender Scott Dann became the first player to be yellow carded after 48 minutes for a late challenge on Agbonlahor near the halfway line. Friedel did well to block a near-post cross from Fahey when under pressure from Jerome. Foster went down to his left to hold onto a dipping 20-yarder from Barry Bannan. Birmingham skipper Stephen Carr was yellow carded for a late challenge on Stephen Warnock. Bowyer took a knock and was struggling for several minutes before being replaced after 65 minutes by Gardner. Villa looked the more likely to snatch a winner in normal time but Gardner was only just wide with a dipping 25-yard attempt after creating the chance himself with a neat turn. Villa came close to taking the lead when Foster parried a shot from Stephen Ireland and then Ashley Young's follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Dann. But with five minutes remaining Zigic's deflected shot put Birmingham back in front. Jerome made a powerful run down the right and his low cross found Zigic whose shot deflected off Luke Young and looped over Friedel. Villa almost rescued the tie when Ciaran Clark headed just over from Downing's cross. But the final whistle was the cue for the ugly scenes and police had to form a solid barrier between the two sets of fans.

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