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The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Jones, save made by Colin Doyle.
The ball is crossed by Neil Mellor, Clinton Morrison takes a shot. Blocked by David Murphy.
The offside flag is raised against Clinton Morrison. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Nicky Weaver makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Neil Mellor.
Isaiah Osbourne produces a cross.
Clinton Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Fahey. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
Booking for Reda Johnson for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Reda Johnson on David Bentley, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Keith Fahey.
Jordon Mutch challenges Neil Mellor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
Header by Neil Mellor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Jean Beausejour fouled by Neil Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
Effort on goal by Liam Palmer from long range goes over the bar.
Gary Teale sends in a cross, save by Colin Doyle.
Tommy Spurr crosses the ball, save made by Colin Doyle.
Obafemi Martins fouled by Isaiah Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey.
Keith Fahey takes the outswinging corner, Mark Beevers manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey, Richard Hinds makes a clearance.
Booking for Mark Beevers. Lee Bowyer fouled by Mark Beevers, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from David Murphy from the free kick.
Isaiah Osbourne challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey to the near post.
Isaiah Osbourne challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bowyer.
Centre by Daniel Jones, save by Colin Doyle.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Murphy on Neil Mellor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Jones from right wing, clearance made by Jordon Mutch.
Mark Beevers concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Phillips. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
Roger Johnson goes off and Jordon Mutch comes on.
Header from deep inside the area by Reda Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Tommy Spurr delivers the ball.
Roger Johnson booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Richard Hinds. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Jones from right wing, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Centre by David Murphy, clearance made by Isaiah Osbourne.
Gary Teale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. David Bentley takes the free kick.
Close range shot by Obafemi Martins clears the bar.
David Murphy finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Wed.Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey to the near post,
Corner from left by-line crossed in by David Bentley, Richard Hinds makes a clearance.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Liam Palmer gets a block in.
Foul by Neil Mellor on Colin Doyle, free kick awarded. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Jones takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
Corner taken by Keith Fahey from the right by-line, clearance made by Neil Mellor.
David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
Clinton Morrison takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.
The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, save made by Colin Doyle.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Clinton Morrison. Gary Teale takes the free kick.
James O'Connor goes off and Liam Palmer comes on.
Mark Beevers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Morrison.
Cameron Jerome goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on.
Isaiah Osbourne takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Gary Teale, Colin Doyle makes a save.
Daniel Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Obafemi Martins challenges Reda Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Daniel Jones, Stuart Parnaby makes a clearance.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Reda Johnson.
David Bentley crosses the ball, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Daniel Jones.
Tommy Spurr goes into the referee's book. Tommy Spurr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Corner taken by Gary Teale.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Jones, clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.
Cameron Jerome produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Richard Hinds concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.
Keith Fahey challenges James O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.
Richard Hinds is brought on as a substitute for Mark Reynolds.
Outswinging corner taken by Keith Fahey, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Roger Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
James O'Connor shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by James O'Connor on Alexander Hleb. (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with David Bentley coming on for Alexander Hleb. David Murphy sends in a cross, clearance by Reda Johnson.
Jean Beausejour decides to take the corner short.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Jones, Jean Beausejour manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Lee Bowyer.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Parnaby by Clinton Morrison. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
Obafemi Martins gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Sheff Wed.Alexander Hleb provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Neil Mellor, David Murphy makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the right by-line, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by David Murphy, Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Nicky Weaver makes a save.
Tommy Spurr takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.
Keith Fahey takes a outswinging corner.
Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Clearance made by Reda Johnson.
Centre by Lee Bowyer, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.
James O'Connor challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Keith Fahey from the free kick, Nicky Weaver makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line, save made by Colin Doyle.
The ball is swung over by Neil Mellor, clearance made by Alexander Hleb.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Jones by Jean Beausejour. Gary Teale delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Jean Beausejour gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Sheff Wed.Assist on the goal came from Lee Bowyer.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Teale on David Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
David Murphy sends in a cross, save by Nicky Weaver.
Cup final places up for grabs - McLeish
Alex McLeish will show no sentiment in picking his Birmingham side for the Carling Cup final and insists places are still up for grabs to face Arsenal on February 27.
The City manager will make several changes for the FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
It is a last chance for some of his fringe players to stake a claim to play at Wembley but McLeish will be ruthless in deciding who will face the Gunners.
The former Rangers boss said: "I'm not going to the cup final to be sympathetic to people.
"I'm not going to be thinking 'I need to play him because he did well in that round'.
"I've got to pick a team I think will win the cup and it's up for grabs, places are up for grabs."
McLeish added: "Of course, Saturday will provide an edge for players coming into the side.
"But there is great pride in this squad, regardless of the fact the Carling Cup final is being played next week.
"They have that pride that they want to win whichever game they participate in - and that includes ones in training.
"There hasn't been a different approach from people because we are in a cup final.
"We demand an intensity in training, demand they train the way they play, and that's still evident on the training field."
McLeish made nine changes from his first choice line-up for the win over Coventry in the last round of the FA Cup and knows he has to rest several key players before the Carling Cup final.
He said: "Some of them the other night against Newcastle were sluggish and a bit flat.
"Mentally and physically we've been through a lot in the last month. We've had tough away games. But we still take the FA Cup very seriously. It is a home game. We are obliged to do it for our fans.
"They are paying good money to come to St. Andrew's. You couldn't ask for better, getting a home tie in the FA Cup, and we want to take advantage of that.
"It is against a huge club in Sheffield Wednesday, Gary Megson has taken over, and they will be looking for a scalp.
"It is what the romance of the FA Cup is all about but we don't want to spoil the fact we've got home advantage. We want to go through and we will be putting out quality players."
On-loan Blues striker Obafemi Martins is expected to get a final chance to show he should start against the Gunners.
But McLeish knows his players have to provide better service for the former Newcastle player in terms of setting up chances.
He said: "Oba has still a sharpness about him but we've got to give better service to him as well.
"He is also a player who can engineer things for himself in the final third.
"We just need to get into better scoring situations and seeing him unleashing the power that he has with both feet and head. We've got to get the right kind of delivery into the box."
McLeish is unlikely to risk defenders Martin Jiranek and Liam Ridgewell who suffered thigh and calf setbacks against the Magpies.
The likes of Kevin Phillips, Matt Derbyshire, Alexander Hleb, Lee Bowyer, Keith Fahey, Stuart Parnaby, David Murphy, Jordon Mutch and Colin Doyle are all in contention to face the Owls.
Sheffield Wednesday will be without suspended midfielder Giles Coke and striker Gary Madine for the tie.
Coke was shown a straight red card in the midweek defeat at Tranmere and sits out the first of a three-match ban, so Chris Sedgwick is expected to be recalled to midfield for the fifth-round tie.
Madine, a recent permanent signing from Carlisle, is not eligible having already appeared for the Cumbrians in the competition. Neil Mellor is hoping to step in alongside fellow forward Clinton Morrison.
Lewis Buxton missed out in midweek with a hamstring problem and fellow defender Jon Otsemobor remains sidelined with a calf injury, leaving manager Gary Megson with a big hole to fill at right-back.
Isaiah Osbourne, on-loan from Aston Villa, is eligible and Tommy Miller could return to the squad after missing the last six games due to a hamstring injury.
Fellow midfielder Darren Potter could return after missing out in midweek through illness.
Blues on trail for more cup joy
Birmingham cruised into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the second successive season but Alexander Hleb is facing Wembley heartbreak.
Hleb set up the first two goals for Jean Beausejour and Obafemi Martins but was then stretchered off and looks doubtful for next weekend's Carling Cup final against his former club Arsenal.
Full-back David Murphy scored the third goal early in the second period and Birmingham were comfortable 3-0 winners against Sheffield Wednesday despite making eight changes.
Martins, on loan from Rubin Kazan for the rest of the season, staked his claim to start against the Gunners with an impressive performance and he showed excellent movement.
Veteran midfielder Lee Bowyer also demonstrated his quality with some trademark runs into the Wednesday box while Keith Fahey also caught the eye in a defensive central role.
Blues needed only five minutes to take the lead through Beausejour's first goal for the club.
Hleb's vision picked out Bowyer's late run and the former England midfielder sent the ball across the danger area towards Beausejour. He was unmarked as he side-footed the ball past Nicky Weaver.
Wednesday tried to retaliate and it needed a fine tackle by Roger Johnson to deny Neil Mellor as he prepared to shoot.
But Birmingham were soon back on the offensive and Weaver parried away a powerful Fahey free-kick.
It was one-way traffic and Weaver blocked a close range effort from Beausejour after good play by Murphy.
It came as no surprise when Martins scored his first goal for City after 17 minutes.
Hleb was again the creator with a pass which Martins was able to take into his stride before firing past the exposed Weaver into the far corner of the net.
O'Connor became the first player to be yellow carded after 22 minutes for chopping down Hleb.
It soon became clear Hleb could not continue and was stretchered off before being replaced by David Bentley.
Birmingham continued to dominate and Johnson was only just off target with a header from a Fahey free-kick.
Owls boss Gary Megson made a defensive change after 27 minutes with Richard Hinds replacing Mark Reynolds.
Cameron Jerome prodded wide from three yards out from a low Bentley cross to the near post after getting in front of Weaver.
In a rare Wednesday attack Murphy made a good block on Michael Morrison's attempt.
Tommy Spur became the second Owls player to be booked after 35 minutes for a foul on Beausejour.
Wednesday enjoyed their best spell of the half and Mellor just failed to make connect with a low cross from Daniel Jones after he had got past Stephen Carr.
But in injury-time Bentley shot just wide after the Owls were caught on the counter-attack.
Megson made two more changes at half-time with Mark Beevers and Liam Palmer replacing Michael Morrison and O'Connor.
Blues boss Alex McLeish replaced Jerome with Kevin Phillips for the second half.
When the action restarted Doyle got his body behind a low 25 yard drive from Palmer, while at the other end Weaver punched away a powerful Bentley effort.
After 53 minutes City went further ahead through Murphy.
Weaver punched away Fahey's corner to the near post under pressure from Bowyer.
But Murphy was first to react and drilled his shot home.
Martins should have made it 4-0 but he shot over the bar from close range from Bentley's low centre.
Roger Johnson was booked for a challenge on Hinds and he was replaced shortly afterwards by Jordon Mutch.
Beevers was yellow carded for hauling down Bowyer but much of the sting had gone out of the game give the control Birmingham were enjoying.
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