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Birmingham   1 - 0   Nott'm Forest

By Phil Dawkes

Barry Ferguson (centre) is congratulated after scoring
Ferguson is congratulated after scoring Birmingham's winner

Birmingham progressed to the FA Cup fourth round courtesy of a narrow win over Nottingham Forest in a replay largely dominated by the visitors.

Barry Ferguson scored the only goal of the game on the hour, curling in after a one-two with Christian Benitez.

The goal was harsh on a Forest side who had dominated possession but wasted a host of chances to score.

They will rue Nathan Tyson's early miss and David McGoldrick's inability to beat keeper Joe Hart from close range.

Forest had already unlucky not to make it into the next round and a tie against Everton at Goodison Park at the first time of asking after Robert Earnshaw's penalty miss meant the original tie ended in a stalemate.

Earnshaw was denied the chance to make amends for his miss by a hamstring injury, and boss Billy Davies made seven changes from the side which beat West Brom 3-1 at the weekend, fulfilling his promise that the league remains his side's priority.

In contrast, Birmingham kept the same side which drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Saturday, a result which had extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

But the visitors made the more confident start, offering a clear indication of how Forest's success in the Championship has invigorated the entire squad.

Earnshaw's replacement Tyson could have given them the lead in the first minute but he put his header from a Dele Adebola cross wide.

Forest continued to fashion chances, with Luke Chambers and McGoldrick drawing relatively comfortable saves from home keeper Hart and Garath McCleary and Lewis McGugan shooting wide from long range.

Birmingham created comparatively little, with Sebastian Larsson and Benitez wasting their best chances by firing shots well off target from the edge of the box.

It was largely the performance of City's on-loan keeper Hart which denied Forest a deserved victory at the City Ground ten days ago.

Birmingham were again grateful to their highly-rated temporary acquisition late in the first half as he produced two good saves to keep his side on level terms.

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Forest picked up where they had left off in the second half.

Twice in the first five minutes they flashed shots across goal with McGugan and Tyson guilty of lacking accuracy when well placed.

For all of their dominance, Forest's failing was their wastefulness which continued to leave the door open for Birmingham.

And Birmingham took advantage as they grabbed the lead when Ferguson played a one-two with Benitez before unleashing a superb curling shot into the bottom left corner of the goal to register his first goal in a Blues shirt.

It was an undeserved lead but the visitors had only themselves to blame.

The goal knocked Forest out of their stride but Birmingham regained their composure and seized greater control on the match.

They dominated possession and could have doubled their lead with a Roger Johnson header from a Larsson corner but Lee Camp was on hand to save.

Forest, though, are unbeaten away from home this season and headed into this game unbeaten in 18 matches and these were clearly not records they were willing to sacrifice easily.

Tyson had a glorious opportunity to get the visitors back on level terms when McGugan swung in an inch perfect cross but the striker scooped it over the bar.

The continued to push for an equaliser but Birmingham have proven themselves adept at holding on to single-goal leads this season and they were in no mood to allow the game to slip from their grasp.

They defended manfully and had Luke Chambers not cleared a Cameron Jerome effort off the line they could have given the scoreline a favourable look they barely deserved.

Below-par they may have been in front of a crowd of just over 9,000 but their unbeaten run continues.


Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"It was a struggle. We didn't play at our best tonight but the guys showed their resilience.

"Forest started well and had a go at us. They are a good team and they were a handful.

"Joe has got a good a chance as anyone of being England goalkeeper in the summer."

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"We've now played Birmingham over two games and their goalkeeper has been the man of the match on both occasions.

"This was a big learning curve in terms of it being important to take your chances.

"I am very proud of the way the people we've put out on the pitch tonight performed and it was a great experience for them."

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-0 Nott'm Forest FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ferguson 62

    Birmingham

    Substitutes

    Nott'm Forest

    • 01 Camp
    • 02 Perch
    • 04 Chambers
    • 05 Morgan
    • 08 McGugan
    • 15 Cohen
    • 19 Moussi (Gunter 72)
    • 09 Adebola
    • 11 Tyson
    • 12 McCleary (Anderson 81)
    • 17 McGoldrick yellow card (Garner 67)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 16 Gunter,
    • 33 Lynch,
    • 37 Moloney,
    • 07 Anderson,
    • 28 Majewski,
    • 14 Garner
    Ref: FriendAtt: 9,399
    BIRMINGHAM
    NOTT'M FOREST

    Possession

    • Birmingham 51%
    • Nott'm Forest 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Birmingham 8
    • Nott'm Forest 11

    Attempts off target

    • Birmingham 5
    • Nott'm Forest 7

    Corners

    • Birmingham 3
    • Nott'm Forest 3

    Fouls

    • Birmingham 10
    • Nott'm Forest 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:45 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:41 Chris Gunter crosses the ball, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+3:13 Centre by Sebastian Larsson, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.
    • 90:00+1:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Phillips. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
    • 89:52 Free kick taken by Lee Camp. Roger Johnson fouled by Dele Adebola, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 89:52 Booking Booking for Barry Ferguson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:46 Barry Ferguson challenges James Perch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 87:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Garner on Barry Ferguson. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 86:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Fahey on Chris Cohen. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 85:38 Dele Adebola takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 84:55 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Phillips. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.
    • 84:26 Joe Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
    • 83:21 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Luke Chambers makes a clearance.
    • 82:02 The offside flag is raised against Kevin Phillips. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 81:15 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
    • 80:52 Unfair challenge on Paul Anderson by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Cohen.
    • 80:23 Substitution Garath McCleary goes off and Paul Anderson comes on.
    • 78:04 The ball is delivered by Lewis McGugan, Nathan Tyson takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
    • 77:48 Garath McCleary takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 75:26 Substitution Damien Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McFadden.
    • 73:42 Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
    • 73:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Dele Adebola. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 72:27 Chris Gunter crosses the ball, clearance made by Keith Fahey.
    • 71:21 Luke Chambers takes the indirect free kick.
    • 71:21 Substitution Chris Gunter replaces Guy Moussi.
    • 71:21 Kevin Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chambers.
    • 70:05 Centre by James Perch, blocked by Barry Ferguson.
    • 69:41 Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, save made by Lee Camp.
    • 68:33 James McFadden takes a inswinging corner.
    • 67:31 Substitution Kevin Phillips on for Christian Benitez.
    • 66:25 Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 66:25 Substitution Joe Garner joins the action as a substitute, replacing David McGoldrick.
    • 66:25 The official flags Scott Dann offside.
    • 65:27 Stephen Carr crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:27 Booking Booking for David McGoldrick for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:16 David McGoldrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benitez.
    • 65:05 James Perch crosses the ball, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:41 Substitution Keith Fahey is brought on as a substitute for Lee Bowyer.
    • 62:30 Foul by Dele Adebola on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 61:04 Assist by Christian Benitez.
    • 61:04 GOAL - Barry FergusonBirmingham 1 - 0 Nott'm Forest Barry Ferguson scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Nottm Forest.
    • 60:50 Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:22 The ball is crossed by Chris Cohen.
    • 59:55 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Guy Moussi gets a block in.
    • 58:04 Foul by Lee Bowyer on Lewis McGugan, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 57:45 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
    • 54:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by David McGoldrick on Scott Dann. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
    • 54:10 Nathan Tyson delivers the ball, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
    • 53:48 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.
    • 51:22 Garath McCleary sends in a cross.
    • 50:10 The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan.
    • 49:23 Corner taken by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.
    • 49:00 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
    • 47:00 Barry Ferguson fouled by Guy Moussi, the ref awards a free kick. James McFadden shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 46:37 Foul by Chris Cohen on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
    • 45:44 Nathan Tyson delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dele Adebola misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:32 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:59 Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 45:00+0:59 Booking Booking for Lee Bowyer for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:00+0:49 Foul by Lee Bowyer on Lewis McGugan, free kick awarded.
    • 45:00+0:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Garath McCleary on Sebastian Larsson. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
    • 44:29 James McFadden takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luke Chambers.
    • 43:53 The offside flag is raised against Lewis McGugan. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
    • 42:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dele Adebola on Liam Ridgewell. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
    • 41:25 Foul by Luke Chambers on Christian Benitez, free kick awarded. Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.
    • 40:42 Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 40:12 A cross is delivered by Garath McCleary, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.
    • 39:23 Garath McCleary fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 38:08 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 37:18 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guy Moussi. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Cohen from left wing, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:37 Shot on goal by Garath McCleary from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 34:57 Garath McCleary takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
    • 33:59 Foul by Barry Ferguson on Dele Adebola, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.
    • 33:20 James McFadden produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 32:23 Barry Ferguson fouled by Dele Adebola, the ref awards a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.
    • 31:16 Christian Benitez produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 28:28 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 27:54 Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
    • 26:57 David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 25:29 Effort on goal by Sebastian Larsson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 23:35 Centre by Dele Adebola, Headed from the edge of the area by David McGoldrick goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 19:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Sebastian Larsson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stephen Carr from right channel, Lewis McGugan manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:40 Guy Moussi challenges Christian Benitez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stephen Carr from left channel, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.
    • 16:54 Lewis McGugan crosses the ball.
    • 16:03 Garath McCleary has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 14:49 Chris Cohen crosses the ball, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance. Effort from outside the box by Lewis McGugan goes wide right of the target.
    • 14:16 The ball is sent over by Garath McCleary, clearance by Scott Dann. Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Cohen, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 13:41 Cameron Jerome challenges Garath McCleary unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Morgan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 11:42 Centre by Chris Cohen, Luke Chambers takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 11:08 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Cohen, Lee Bowyer makes a clearance.
    • 10:15 Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Chris Cohen results in a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
    • 9:34 Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 8:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dele Adebola on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Lee Bowyer.
    • 7:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Sebastian Larsson. James McFadden crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 0:47 A cross is delivered by Dele Adebola, Headed effort from inside the area by Nathan Tyson misses to the left of the target.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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