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  • Date:29 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:16,669
  • Bentley (34) Parnaby (66)
    Phillips (72)
  • King (10) Wood (25)
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93:41 +3.41

David Murphy decides to take a short corner.

92:58 +2.58

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.

91:43 +1.43

Carl Baker delivers the ball, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.

90:31 +0.31

The offside flag is raised against Alexander Hleb. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

89:32

Carl Baker crosses the ball, Colin Doyle makes a save.

88:22

The referee blows for offside. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

87:46

Craig Gardner comes on in place of Jean Beausejour.

86:36

Marlon King takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

85:04

Carl Baker produces a cross, clearance by Keith Fahey.

80:02

Nathan Cameron joins the action as a substitute, replacing Conor Thomas.

79:41

Clive Platt goes off and Freddy Eastwood comes on.

78:47

Kevin Phillips delivers the ball, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

76:21

Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Aron Gunnarsson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

74:11

Inswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

73:26

Cameron Jerome replaces Nikola Zigic.

72:37

A goal is scored by Kevin Phillips from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-2 Coventry.Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, assist by Jean Beausejour.

71:58

Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line to the near post, save by Keiren Westwood.

71:43

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.

71:04

The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.

70:08

Carl Baker crosses the ball, Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.

69:52

Marlon King takes a shot. Blocked by David Murphy.

69:23

Conor Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

67:35

Shot on goal by Kevin Phillips from just inside the area goes over the target.

66:16

Stuart Parnaby grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-2 Coventry.The assist for the goal came from Alexander Hleb.

64:45

Pass corner from left by-line taken by David Bentley to short, save by Keiren Westwood.

62:06

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley.

59:33

Foul by Jean Beausejour on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.

58:26

A cross is delivered by Clive Platt, save by Colin Doyle.

56:38

Keith Fahey fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from David Murphy from the free kick, Keiren Westwood makes a save.

55:10

Effort from inside the area by Marlon King misses to the left of the goal.

54:37

The ball is crossed by Marlon King, Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.

51:28

Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, save by Keiren Westwood.

51:10

Foul by Richard Keogh on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nikola Zigic.

49:59

Foul by Alexander Hleb on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Carl Baker.

49:26

Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Conor Thomas makes a clearance.

48:42

Marlon King is ruled offside. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

47:15

David Bentley has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

46:56 +1.56

David Murphy delivers the ball, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

46:15

Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Stephen O'Halloran by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

45:55

Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.

45:28

Centre by Carl Baker, Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.

45:21 +0.21

Marlon King sends in a cross, David Murphy manages to make a clearance.

42:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Aron Gunnarsson. Gary McSheffrey takes the free kick.

41:19

Alexander Hleb fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

40:45

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

39:41

The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

38:41

The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

37:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Keogh on Nikola Zigic. David Bentley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance.

36:05

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

35:42

Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

35:28

Alexander Hleb challenges Stephen O'Halloran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Baker restarts play with the free kick.

34:34

David Bentley fires in a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-2 Coventry.

32:52

Centre by Marlon King, Martin Jiranek manages to make a clearance.

32:31

A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

31:55

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.

31:40

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Martin Jiranek gets a block in.

28:22

Centre by David Bentley, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran.

25:01

Richard Wood fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-2 Coventry.Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, assist on the goal came from Gary McSheffrey.

23:24

Unfair challenge on Stuart Parnaby by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. David Bentley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Conor Thomas makes a clearance.

21:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Carl Baker, David Murphy makes a clearance.

21:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line to the near post, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

21:01

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Alexander Hleb gets a block in.

20:06

The ball is delivered by Stuart Parnaby.

18:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the left by-line to the near post, save by Keiren Westwood.

17:27

Stephen O'Halloran delivers the ball, Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

15:40

Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

15:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Wood.

14:27

Centre by Stuart Parnaby.

13:38

Marlon King challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

12:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Nikola Zigic. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.

10:15

Goal scored by Marlon King from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Coventry.

9:53

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

8:54

David Murphy crosses the ball, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.

6:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Jean Beausejour. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.

6:28

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Cranie.

2:37

Carl Baker sends in a cross, save made by Colin Doyle.

2:00

Martin Jiranek gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clive Platt. Carl Baker crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.

1:15

Centre by David Bentley, Close range headed effort by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the goal.

Match Preview

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

Formation: 442Manager: Adrian Boothroyd

Coventry

  • Colin Doyle
  • Stuart Parnaby
  • Martin Jiranek
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • David Murphy
  • David Bentley
  • Keith Fahey
  • Alexander Hleb
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Kevin Phillips
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Ben Foster
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Craig Gardner
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Matt Derbyshire
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Fraser Kerr

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Match Report

Blues battle back Forgotten men Stuart Parnaby and Kevin Phillips were the heroes as Birmingham carved out another cup day to remember by coming from two down to beat local rivals 3-2 Coventry and reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Blues were on a high after booking their place in the Carling Cup final in midweek but they were brought back down to earth as Marlon King and Richard Wood put the visitors two up with 26 minutes gone. David Bentley reduced the deficit before half-time with a stunning strike from 25 yards for his first Birmingham goal and, after a sustained spell of pressure, two goals in six minutes from Parnaby and Phillips midway through the second half completed the turnaround. Coventry were hoping the cup could provide a change in fortunes after no wins in eight in the league while Birmingham have also struggled in the Premier League of late. It was the hosts, showing nine changes from Wednesday's victory over West Ham, who began the brighter and they could have been two up in the opening nine minutes from almost identical chances. First Bentley broke away down the left before crossing for Nikola Zigic, who should have done better than head wide, then David Murphy produced an even better cross for Phillips. His header was brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar by highly-rated keeper Keiren Westwood. However, when the breakthrough did come in the 11th minute, it was Colin Doyle who was picking the ball out of his net. King was given time to turn 25 yards out and drove into the box before sending his shot just inside the far post. The goal lifted the Sky Blues and they piled on the pressure with a series of corners, which paid dividends in the 26th minute as former Blue Gary McSheffrey picked out the head of Wood. There is less than 20 miles between Coventry and Birmingham, and the visiting fans were revelling in the discomfort of their local rivals. Alex McLeish's side had plenty of the ball but could not break down a green and black wall, while, in contrast, Coventry were having no trouble finding space in and around the home defence. The hosts needed a moment of inspiration, and they got it when Bentley drilled in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards with 35 minutes gone. Westwood was in the right place but was beaten by the sheer pace on the ball, which went in off the underside of the crossbar. The second half was 10 minutes late kicking off as the officials made some running repairs to Westwood's net with sticky tape, and when the action did finally resume it was the home side who made the stronger start. A smart turn from Bentley gave the midfielder another glimpse of goal but this time his shot was well wide, while Jean Beausejour should have done much better than flick a header well off target when the impressive Tottenham man picked him out in a great position. At the other end, King sent a shot wide of the far post but the pressure on the visitors was growing. And in the 67th minute that brought a first Birmingham goal for Parnaby, three and a half years after he joined the club from Middlesbrough and nearly five years after he last found the net. The 28-year-old has found his opportunities increasingly limited at St Andrew's but he was in the right place to hook the ball into an empty net after Alexander Hleb had drawn Westwood to the near post. Phillips had looked sharp despite a lack of games for Birmingham this season, and he drew another smart save from Westwood with a fierce near-post effort in the 72nd minute. There was no denying the 37-year-old moments later, though, as a corner to the far post from Beausejour picked out the striker, who lashed a volley into the far corner. Phillips, whose only other goal came in the Carling Cup in October, has been told he can leave St Andrew's but he would certainly have sent a message to McLeish with this performance. Aidy Boothroyd sent on joint leading scorer Freddy Eastwood in a bid to salvage the game but, although Coventry managed a decent spell of late pressure, they could not find the equaliser.

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