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  • Date:26 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:27,519
( agg 4 - 3 ) After Extra Time
  • Bowyer (58)
    Johnson (78) Gardner (93)
  • Cole (30)
Goal!

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121:08 +1.08

Corner taken short by David Murphy.

118:59

Unfair challenge on David Murphy by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

117:31

David Murphy takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. David Murphy decides to take a short corner.

116:23

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour.

115:32

Booking for Carlton Cole for dissent. Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

113:27

Corner taken by Wayne Bridge, Shot by Carlton Cole. Save by Ben Foster.

112:56

Centre by Kieron Dyer, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

111:45

Scott Parker has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

111:08

The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert.

110:09

The ball is delivered by Scott Parker, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

109:31

Cameron Jerome challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

108:49

Julien Faubert produces a cross, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.

108:01

Matthew Upson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Barry Ferguson.

107:05

Lee Bowyer has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

106:00

James Tomkins goes into the book for dissent.

106:00

James Tomkins shown a yellow card.

105:54 +0.54

A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

105:37 +0.37

The ball is crossed by Julien Faubert, clearance by Martin Jiranek.

105:31 +0.31

The ball is sent over by Julien Faubert.

105:22 +0.22

Wayne Bridge crosses the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.

105:01

Benni McCarthy is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Spector.

104:26

A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert.

103:40

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary O'Neil. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

103:02

Gary O'Neil crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Kieron Dyer from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

102:05

Gary O'Neil delivers the ball.

101:17

Julien Faubert sends in a cross.

100:08

Jean Beausejour on for Sebastian Larsson. Craig Gardner leaves the field to be replaced by David Murphy. The ball is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Scott Parker produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

98:58

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, clearance by Roger Johnson.

98:27

The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert, blocked by Lee Bowyer.

97:42

Mark Noble takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

96:28

Centre by Julien Faubert, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

96:21

The ball is sent over by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

93:47

Craig Gardner grabs a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3 (4)-(3) 1 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Stephen Carr.

92:50

The ball is sent over by Gary O'Neil, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.

92:43 +2.43

Effort from just inside the area by Craig Gardner hits the post.

92:20

Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieron Dyer. Wayne Bridge crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

91:55 +1.55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

91:13

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.

90:52

Kieron Dyer is caught offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

90:11

The referee gives a free kick against Nikola Zigic for handball. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.

89:10

Booking for Kieron Dyer for unsporting behaviour. Barry Ferguson is booked.

86:36

A cross is delivered by Scott Parker, save by Ben Foster.

85:59

Corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

83:28

Shot from just outside the box by Mark Noble goes over the bar.

82:48

Luis Boa Morte leaves the field to be replaced by Gary O'Neil. Corner taken by Scott Parker from the right by-line, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

81:44

Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Lee Bowyer makes a clearance. Corner taken by Scott Parker from the right by-line, save by Ben Foster.

80:23

Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.

77:23

Booking for Robert Green. Roger Johnson finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Birmingham 2 (3)-(3) 1 West Ham.Corner taken by Lee Bowyer from the left by-line to the near post, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Bowyer, assist on the goal came from Lee Bowyer.

74:16

Centre by Cameron Jerome, clearance by Scott Parker.

73:58

Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

73:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

71:58

Corner taken by Mark Noble, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

71:13

The referee penalises Craig Gardner for handball. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

70:22

Kieron Dyer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Zavon Hines.

69:08

Liam Ridgewell crosses the ball, clearance by Matthew Upson. Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner. Barry Ferguson takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sebastian Larsson, save by Robert Green.

68:15

Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, save by Robert Green.

68:03

Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Julien Faubert manages to make a clearance.

66:23

The referee blows for offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.

65:51

Stephen Carr sends in a cross, clearance made by James Tomkins.

64:46

Wayne Bridge produces a cross. Handball by Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

64:21

The ball is sent over by Carlton Cole.

63:47

Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

62:27

Lee Bowyer sends in a cross.

62:06

Julien Faubert produces a cross, Ben Foster makes a save.

60:03

The referee cautions Craig Gardner for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.

58:37

Lee Bowyer grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1 (2)-(3) 1 West Ham.Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post, Liam Ridgewell takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson,

57:35

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by James Tomkins.

57:11

Centre by Sebastian Larsson, James Tomkins makes a clearance.

55:25

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

53:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Nikola Zigic. Lee Bowyer delivers the ball, Liam Ridgewell takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

52:09

Effort from just outside the area by Craig Gardner strikes the post.

51:49

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

51:42

Centre by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Matthew Upson.

50:54

The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by Matthew Upson.

49:37

Effort from 25 yards by Sebastian Larsson. Save made by Robert Green.

49:12

Foul by Carlton Cole on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Ferguson.

47:12

Shot by Scott Parker from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

46:34

Inswinging corner taken by Scott Parker from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

45:01

Nikola Zigic replaces Matt Derbyshire.

44:37

The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr.

42:21

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.

39:30

Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Julien Faubert results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, James Tomkins makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, save made by Robert Green.

36:15

Zavon Hines fouled by Roger Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Mark Noble, Zavon Hines produces a overhead kick left-footed shot from inside the area and hits the post.

34:55

Cameron Jerome delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Matt Derbyshire from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

33:05

Lee Bowyer fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Robert Green.

32:28

Matt Derbyshire takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

30:56

Carlton Cole gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0 (1)-(3) 1 West Ham.Assist by Wayne Bridge.

29:41

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell, save made by Robert Green.

24:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on James Tomkins. James Tomkins restarts play with the free kick.

23:51

Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance.

23:30

Centre by Julien Faubert, Martin Jiranek makes a clearance.

22:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker from the left by-line, clearance by Roger Johnson.

21:03

Luis Boa Morte takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.

20:09

The ball is sent over by Zavon Hines, clearance by Stephen Carr.

19:08

Carlton Cole produces a cross, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell. Scott Parker takes a short corner.

16:23

Foul by Carlton Cole on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

15:51

Craig Gardner takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15:10

Wayne Bridge produces a cross.

12:34

Carlton Cole produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

9:55

Zavon Hines takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

9:42

Stephen Carr delivers the ball, blocked by Wayne Bridge.

7:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.

6:09

The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, Lee Bowyer takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.

4:38

The ball is sent over by Craig Gardner, Mark Noble manages to make a clearance.

3:46

Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by James Tomkins results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Robert Green.

3:26

Shot from 20 yards from Zavon Hines. Save by Ben Foster.

0:42

Handball by Zavon Hines. Martin Jiranek takes the direct free kick.

The referee gets the game underway.

The match has reached half-time.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for the end of normal time.

The second half of extra-time kicks-off.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Birmingham will be without on-loan winger David Bentley for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg clash with West Ham at St Andrew's.

Bentley is ineligible as he has already played in the competition for his parent club, Tottenham, this season. Sebastian Larsson is set to replace Bentley as City look to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Blues boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury concerns with James McFadden (knee) and Scott Dann (hamstring) long-term casualties. McLeish wants to put all off-field issues to one side for at least 24 hours as Birmingham try to reach their first major Wembley final for 55 years.

The Scot has been frustrated by his inability to bring in a new striker during the transfer window, with attempts to sign Robbie Keane and Kenny Miller ending in failure. Then Birmingham's acting chairman Peter Pannu questioned the success rate of some of McLeish's signings during the Carson Yeung era ahead of Saturday's 5-0 mauling by Manchester Old Trafford.

But McLeish has remained a dignified figure throughout and is determined nothing will distract from the clash with West Ham. He said: "We are still trying to enhance the squad. We just have to wait and see.

"If it goes to the wire, it goes to the wire, but I am trying to help the lads to improve for the second half of the season. It has been frustrating in one or two situations but I will put it to bed for 24 hours and get this semi-final out of the way.

"As for Peter's comments, we are not getting involved in those comments. We are only talking about the Carling Cup."

Gary O'Neil will go straight into the West Ham squad after completing his move from Portsmouth. Manager Avram Grant is without suspended strikers Victor Obinna and Frederic Piquionne while the club were unable to complete the loan signing of Demba Ba from Hoffenheim in time. But Carlton Cole is expected to be fit to start up front after missing the draw at Everton and on-loan defender Wayne Bridge is available because he is not cup-tied.

Grant said: "To be at Wembley after such a long time would be very good and, if I may say it, we deserve it. Our route to this game has been very good. We won the first game (against Oxford) in the last minute.

"We played very well to beat Sunderland away, we showed a lot of character against Stoke and we were brilliant against Manchester United.

"That is the only game they have lost all season. But we know that no-one will give us any presents. It will mean a lot also to Birmingham - but for us it is very important. We have a good record in the cups this season and it has also been good football. We have scored a lot of goals and we want to continue like that.

"There is one more game to the final."

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

Formation: 433Manager: Avram Grant

West Ham

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

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Match Report

Gardner sends Blues through Lifelong Birmingham fan Craig Gardner sent City through to their first major Wembley final for 55 years with an extra-time winner in a 3-1 Carling Cup semi-final defeat of West Ham at St Andrew's. Gardner's goal - via Robert Green's blunder - capped a dramatic comeback by Alex McLeish's side who had fallen 3-1 behind on aggregate after Carlton Cole's superb first-half strike. Lee Bowyer and Roger Johnson forced the game into extra-time before Gardner's moment of glory earned a 4-3 aggregate win. West Ham were the better side in the opening 45 minutes with Cole causing them plenty of problems. But City were transformed after the interval with substitute Nikola Zigic causing plenty of problems after his half-time introduction and with Barry Ferguson pulling the strings in midfield. The Hammers were forced to defend desperately for long spells but eventually cracked under the pressure. West Ham started well and almost caught out the home side on the counter attack when a fine pass from Mark Noble allowed Zavon Hines a run at goal. But Ben Foster was well placed to block the shot from a wide angle. Cole then should have done better when he fired over from inside the area after latching onto a ball over the top from former Blues defender Matthew Upson. Liam Ridgewell made a crucial interception to cut out a cross from the by-line by Cole as the Hammers started to enjoy a spell of pressure. Then after 31 minutes a superb strike from Cole put the Hammers ahead on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. The England striker was allowed time 35 yards out to line up his shot but there was no doubting the quality of the strike as it flew past Foster into the net. Birmingham tried to retaliate and Green punched out an effort from Matt Derbyshire and clung onto a Sebastian Larsson free-kick. But Johnson was relieved when the ball struck his knee inside the Blues area and hit the outside of a post with Foster beaten. McLeish made a half-time change with Derbyshire making way for Zigic. Gardner was unfortunate after 53 minutes when his 25-yard drive hit the inside of a post and flew across the goal without crossing the line. Birmingham tried to build up some momentum and a deep cross from Ridgewell was headed across goal by Jiranek. But Jerome was unable to keep down his shot which flew wide. City's pressure was now relentless and Green turned a Ridgewell header around the post from Larsson's corner. Then after 59 minutes Bowyer reduced the arrears. Another Larsson corner was not dealt with by the Hammers and the ball broke to Bowyer who hammered the ball past Green from 12 yards out. Blues were almost caught on the counter-attack when a low cross from Cole just evaded the run into the box of Hines. West Ham were hanging on desperately to their lead and Green did well to turn aside a shot from Ferguson which flew through a ruck of players. The home side were in complete control and Green was booked for time-wasting. Green tipped over a Jerome header from Larsson's corner and after 79 minutes Johnson brought Blues level. Bowyer supplied the cross and Johnson rose above the Hammers defence to head past Green. Jerome could have won the game for City in normal time but Green smothered his low shot inside the box. Ferguson and Dyer were both yellow carded in the final minute after squaring up to each other. Then in the dying seconds Green fingertipped Gardner's low drive onto a post. But Gardner was not to be denied after 94 minutes although Green should have done better. His swerving shot was well struck but Green looked to have it covered only for the ball to slip away from his grasp into the corner of the net. Parker showed good control in the box but shot over and Dyer shot over when well placed inside the box. Tomkins and Cole were booked for dissent early in the second period of extra-time. Foster held onto a scissor kick from Cole and Green denied Murphy when put clear by Ferguson.

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