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The ball is delivered by Luke Chadwick, clearance by Craig Gardner. Effort from just outside the box by Peter Leven goes over the bar.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Dan Woodards gets a block in.
Matt Derbyshire challenges Dean Lewington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Leven.
Roger Johnson fouled by Gary MacKenzie, the ref awards a free kick. Maik Taylor takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Murphy on Aaron Wilbraham. Shot on goal comes in from Peter Leven from the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Dan Woodards, comfortable save by Maik Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the left by-line, David Murphy challenges Lewis Guy unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Martin takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Aaron Wilbraham from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-1 Milton Keynes Dons.
Matt Derbyshire delivers the ball, clearance by Gary MacKenzie.
Dean Lewington sends in a cross, Martin Jiranek gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Dan Woodards takes a shot. Clearance made by David Murphy.
David Murphy fouled by Aaron Wilbraham, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Martin Jiranek, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Mathias Doumbe. David Martin takes the free kick.
Kevin Phillips produces a right-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Stuart Parnaby, Close range headed effort by Nikola Zigic goes wide of the left-hand post.
Enric Valles takes a shot. Dan Woodards gets a block in. Short corner taken by Enric Valles from the left by-line. The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey, Effort from deep inside the area by Martin Jiranek clears the bar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Leven, comfortable save by Maik Taylor.
The ball is crossed by Dan Woodards, Martin Jiranek manages to make a clearance.
Alexander Hleb fouled by Mark Carrington, the ref awards a free kick. (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Kevin Phillips coming on for Alexander Hleb. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.
Drilled left-footed shot by Lewis Guy. Maik Taylor makes a comfortable save. A cross is delivered by Dean Lewington. Aaron Wilbraham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Easter.
Craig Gardner challenges Jermaine Easter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lewington.
David Murphy challenges Lewis Guy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Martin.
Matt Derbyshire is caught offside. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Jean Beausejour leaves the field to be replaced by Enric Valles. Gary MacKenzie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner.
Mark Carrington takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Maik Taylor makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Peter Leven, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Dan Woodards goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Jermaine Easter produces a cross, Keith Fahey manages to make a clearance.
Lewis Guy produces a cross.
Jean Beausejour is caught offside. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by David Murphy, clearance made by Dean Lewington.
Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Carrington. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.
A cross is delivered by Lewis Guy, clearance by Martin Jiranek.
Nikola Zigic challenges Jabo Ibehre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Leven takes the free kick.
Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Carrington.
The ball is swung over by Stuart Parnaby.
Jermaine Easter is caught offside. Martin Jiranek takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Matt Derbyshire, free kick awarded. Stuart Parnaby restarts play with the free kick.
Mathias Doumbe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Derbyshire. Shot on goal comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick, Mark Carrington gets a block in.
(Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Gary MacKenzie coming on for Sean O'Hanlon.
Dan Woodards takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Dean Lewington has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Stuart Parnaby crosses the ball, comfortable save by David Martin.
A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Peter Leven.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Jiranek on Jabo Ibehre. Peter Leven takes the free kick.
Lewis Guy takes a shot. Save made by Maik Taylor.
Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Jabo Ibehre results in a free kick. Keith Fahey restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Easter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Jermaine Easter, Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Headed effort from inside the area by Dean Lewington misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Peter Leven, save by Maik Taylor.
The ball is crossed by David Murphy, Headed effort on goal by Nikola Zigic from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.
Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Dan Woodards. Direct free kick taken by Sean O'Hanlon.
Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, blocked by Sean O'Hanlon.
Jabo Ibehre comes on in place of Angelo Balanta.
Craig Gardner fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-0 Milton Keynes Dons.
Centre by Jean Beausejour, Nikola Zigic fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons.Jean Beausejour provided the assist for the goal.
Angelo Balanta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Jiranek. Maik Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Alexander Hleb gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons.Assist by Jean Beausejour.
Michel leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Gardner.
Peter Leven challenges Michel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Jiranek takes the direct free kick.
Stuart Parnaby delivers the ball, clearance made by Mark Carrington.
Lewis Guy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Maik Taylor.
Michel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter. Dean Lewington takes the free kick.
David Murphy sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour.
Effort on goal by Angelo Balanta from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Matt Derbyshire crosses the ball.
The offside flag is raised against Matt Derbyshire. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.
Matt Derbyshire is ruled offside. David Martin takes the free kick.
Lewis Guy is ruled offside. Maik Taylor takes the indirect free kick.
Dan Woodards sends in a cross, Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.
Alexander Hleb fouled by Luke Chadwick, the ref awards a free kick. Michel takes the free kick.
Nikola Zigic fouled by Mark Carrington, the ref awards a free kick. Michel restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on David Martin. David Martin takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Lewis Guy.
The referee gets the game started.
The half-time whistle blows.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed that summer signings Nikola Zigic and Matt Derbyshire will be handed their chance to impress in the Carling Cup third-round clash against MK Dons.
Alexander Hleb is likely to be given a run-out to improve his match fitness following his loan move from Barcelona. The former Arsenal player made a promising debut against West Brom at the weekend before fading in the second half.
The likes of Maik Taylor, David Murphy, Keith Fahey, Michel, Jean Beausejour and Enric Valles will also be in contention to start.
McLeish has challenged his fringe players to show they are worthy of being amongst his first choice selections.
He said: "It would be great to go all the way in the cup. Everyone would love a good cup run although the priority for us is the Premier League.
"But, having said that, I've got a squad of players I believe could be playing in the team every week. I've not got a first XI plus 11 reserves. I've got a whole squad that can play in the Premier League.
"But the guys playing have got to show what they can do and put pressure on the ones who started at the weekend."
Mk Dons manager Karl Robinson may recall ex-Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann for the biggest test of his short managerial career so far.
The German was named on the bench for the draw with Rochdale but it is expected his experience will be required.
Aaron Wilbraham is likely to continue on the bench after making his first appearance of the season and another summer signing, Gary Mackenzie, is also expected to continue on the bench although it is expected he will make his debut as a substitute.
Luke Howell also looks set to continue on the bench and Jude Stirling may also be fit enough to be a substitute following a groin injury.
Stephen Gleeson remains sidelined with a muscle injury.
Hleb leaves Dons feeling blue
Birmingham breezed into the fourth round of the Carling Cup as three quickfire goals from Alexander Hleb, Nikola Zigic and Craig Gardner all-but saw off the threat of MK Dons before half-time as they eventually won 3-1.
On-loan Barcelona midfielder Hleb, making his St Andrew's debut, broke the deadlock in the 24th minute and he was soon joined in bagging his first goal for the club by summer signing Zigic.
And just four minutes after taking the lead the hosts had established a commanding three-goal advantage as Gardner lashed into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Dons, fourth in npower League One, deservedly bagged a late consolation through substitute Aaron Wilbraham - but were completely unravelled by the devastating four-minute spell in what was the first meeting between the two sides since the club's 2004 relaunch.
It is also the first time Alex McLeish has guided Birmingham into the fourth round of the competition and he will now have one eye on Saturday's draw with a strong cup run a real possibility based on the strong squad at his disposal.
As promised, the Blues boss made a raft of changes to the side which lost 3-1 at West Brom on Saturday.
Summer signings Zigic, Matt Derbyshire, Jean Beausejour and Martin Jiranek were all handed starts, with the latter two making their full debuts, as part of nine new faces.
Only Hleb and new captain Roger Johnson remained.
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson made just one switch from the XI which drew 1-1 at home to Rochdale, Mark Carrington coming in for Jabo Ibehre who dropped to the bench.
Robinson vowed not to change the Dons' passing style for the tie and the visitors certainly looked comfortable on the ball in the early exchanges.
But it was Zigic who should have opened the scoring for Blues after just eight minutes. The ball broke kindly for him in the middle of the penalty area but he waited far too long and was eventually escorted away from goal.
McLeish was struck a blow in the 23rd minute when Michel was forced off with an injury having pulled up, with Gardner replacing the Spaniard.
But the Blues boss was all smiles within 60 seconds as Gardner found Beausejour on the left. He fed Hleb on the edge of area and he had plenty of time to pick his spot.
Within two minutes it was 2-0. Beausejour was again the architect, looping a ball into the path of Zigic, who showed cool composure under pressure to nick the ball past David Martin.
And before the visitors could catch their breath, Gardner had rifled in a low third from distance to all but seal the tie.
The League One side certainly had their chances as they looked to snatch a goal before the break. Oncoming substitute Ibehre saw an effort well blocked, Dean Lewington twice headed over and Lewis Guy stung the palms of goalkeeper Maik Taylor.
The visitors had not quite thrown in the towel in the second half but the odds were against them clawing back a 3-0 deficit against a side unbeaten at home in nearly a full year.
However, that did not stop them going in search of a consolation as Taylor saved from Carrington and Guy.
Centre-back Jiranek sidefooted over the bar when unmarked in a good position before Zigic headed wide from Stuart Parnaby's deep cross as Blues went in search of another.
But the visitors who grabbed the fourth goal of the night in the 80th minute, Wilbraham capitalising on a mix-up in the home defensive to lash past Taylor and into the bottom corner.
Dons pressed in search of a quick second as the majority of the 9,450 crowd inside St Andrew's became edgy, but there was no pulsating finish.
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