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Birmingham   3 - 2   Coventry

David Bentley scores for Birmingham
Bentley scored his first Birmingham goal since joining on loan from Tottenham

Carling Cup finalists Birmingham came back from 2-0 down to beat midlands rivals Coventry in an entertaining FA Cup fourth-round tie at St Andrews.

The Sky Blues capitalised on some poor home defending to take a 2-0 lead through Marlon King's 18-yard drive and Richard Wood's header from a corner.

David Bentley's fierce drive reduced the deficit between the sides.

Stuart Parnaby fired in the equaliser from Alexander Hleb's pull-back, before Kevin Phillips volleyed in the winner.

The result caps a superb week for Birmingham in knock-out competitions: on Wednesday they came back from a two-goal aggregate deficit to book their first appearance in a major cup final in 10 years with a 3-1 win over West Ham in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg.

However, Alex McLeish's men are struggling in the league and their team selection for this match - which had only two survivors from Wednesday's starting XI - was a testimony to their priorities for the rest of season.

That said, McLeish is able to call upon some quality replacements for some of his front-line forces. Phillips rolled back the years with a superb display, which was capped by the decisive strike with 17 minutes left to play.

The 37-year-old had seen a header tipped onto the bar by Keiren Westwood in the opening minutes of the game but the Coventry keeper was powerless to prevent the forward's crisply struck volleyed winner after Jean Beausejour's corner had picked out the striker.

Such a finish to the game seemed unlikely midway through the first half, when Wood's towering header from a Gary McSheffrey corner had added to King's finely-struck low finish to give Coventry a 2-0 lead.

Coventry's confidence was shaken, though, by Bentley's timely 25-yard strike - which found the net via the underside of the bar - in the 35th minute, the midfielder's first for the club since joining on loan from Tottenham just over two weeks ago.

Birmingham were much-improved after the break and deservedly drew level through Parnaby, who hooked into an empty net for his first Birmingham goal after Hleb had drawn Westwood and pulled the ball back.

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With momentum firmly in their favour the home side continued to press and were rewarded through Phillips' strike.

The striker's only other goal this season came in the Carling Cup in October and he has been told he can leave the club but, on this evidence, McLeish may want to re-think such a stance.

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Saturday, 29 January 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 3-2 Coventry FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Bentley 35
  • Parnaby 67
  • Phillips 73
  • King 11
  • Wood 26

Birmingham

Substitutes

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Keogh
  • 03 O'Halloran
  • 15 Cranie
  • 24 Wood
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 18 Baker
  • 40 Thomas (Cameron 81)
  • 09 King
  • 19 McSheffrey
  • 22 Platt (Eastwood 80)

Substitutes

  • 23 Ireland,
  • 26 Clarke,
  • 30 Cameron,
  • 07 Bell,
  • 36 Ruffles,
  • 10 Eastwood,
  • 11 Jutkiewicz
Ref: DeanAtt: 16,669
BIRMINGHAM
COVENTRY

Possession

  • Birmingham 53%
  • Coventry 47%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 8
  • Coventry 9

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 3
  • Coventry 2

Corners

  • Birmingham 8
  • Coventry 5

Fouls

  • Birmingham 7
  • Coventry 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:07 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:41 Short corner taken by David Murphy.
  • 90:00+2:58 The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:43 Carl Baker produces a cross, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 90:00+0:31 Alexander Hleb is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:32 Centre by Carl Baker, save by Colin Doyle.
  • 88:22 The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.
  • 87:46 Substitution Craig Gardner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jean Beausejour.
  • 86:36 Marlon King takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.
  • 85:04 Carl Baker produces a cross, clearance made by Keith Fahey.
  • 80:02 Substitution Nathan Cameron comes on in place of Conor Thomas.
  • 79:41 Substitution Freddy Eastwood on for Clive Platt.
  • 78:47 The ball is delivered by Kevin Phillips, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.
  • 76:21 Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, Aron Gunnarsson produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 74:11 Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey.
  • 73:26 Substitution Cameron Jerome joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nikola Zigic.
  • 72:37 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, assist on the goal came from Jean Beausejour.
  • 72:37 GOAL - Kevin PhillipsBirmingham 3 - 2 Coventry A goal is scored by Kevin Phillips from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-2 Coventry.
  • 71:58 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 71:43 Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 71:04 Marlon King is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 70:08 Carl Baker crosses the ball, clearance by Stuart Parnaby.
  • 69:52 Marlon King takes a shot. David Murphy gets a block in.
  • 69:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Thomas on David Murphy. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:35 Effort on goal by Kevin Phillips from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 66:16 Alexander Hleb provided the assist for the goal.
  • 66:16 GOAL - Stuart ParnabyBirmingham 2 - 2 Coventry A goal is scored by Stuart Parnaby from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-2 Coventry.
  • 64:45 David Bentley delivers a pass corner to short, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 62:06 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the left by-line.
  • 59:33 Jean Beausejour gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:26 Centre by Clive Platt, save made by Colin Doyle.
  • 56:38 Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick. David Murphy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 55:10 Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 54:37 The ball is delivered by Marlon King, clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.
  • 51:28 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line, Keiren Westwood makes a save.
  • 51:10 Nikola Zigic fouled by Richard Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nikola Zigic.
  • 49:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Alexander Hleb. Carl Baker takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:26 A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Conor Thomas makes a clearance.
  • 48:42 The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 47:15 David Bentley has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 46:15 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Bentley, free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Stephen O'Halloran. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 45:55 Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.
  • 45:28 Carl Baker sends in a cross, clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:56 David Murphy sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Keogh.
  • 45:00+0:21 A cross is delivered by Marlon King, David Murphy manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:48 Unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary McSheffrey.
  • 41:19 Aron Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:45 The referee blows for offside. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:41 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikola Zigic. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:41 Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 37:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Richard Keogh. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley, clearance made by Richard Wood.
  • 36:05 The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
  • 35:42 Jean Beausejour fouled by Gary McSheffrey, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:28 Alexander Hleb challenges Stephen O'Halloran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Baker takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:34 GOAL - David BentleyBirmingham 1 - 2 Coventry David Bentley finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-2 Coventry.
  • 32:52 Marlon King crosses the ball, Martin Jiranek makes a clearance.
  • 32:31 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Keogh.
  • 31:55 Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.
  • 31:40 Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Jiranek.
  • 28:22 Centre by David Bentley, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran.
  • 25:01 Gary McSheffrey takes the inswinging corner, assist by Gary McSheffrey.
  • 25:01 GOAL - Richard WoodBirmingham 0 - 2 Coventry Richard Wood finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-2 Coventry.
  • 23:24 Gary McSheffrey challenges Stuart Parnaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Bentley, Conor Thomas manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:31 Corner taken by Carl Baker, David Murphy manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:10 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey played to the near post, clearance by Nikola Zigic.
  • 21:01 Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Alexander Hleb gets a block in.
  • 20:06 Stuart Parnaby sends in a cross.
  • 18:15 Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley to the near post, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 17:27 A cross is delivered by Stephen O'Halloran, Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.
  • 15:40 Liam Ridgewell fouled by Clive Platt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 15:17 Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Wood.
  • 14:27 Stuart Parnaby produces a cross.
  • 13:38 Marlon King concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Aron Gunnarsson. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:15 GOAL - Marlon KingBirmingham 0 - 1 Coventry Marlon King grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Coventry.
  • 9:53 Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.
  • 8:54 A cross is delivered by David Murphy, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 6:59 Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge 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 delivers the ball, save by Colin Doyle.
  • 2:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Jiranek on Clive Platt. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Carl Baker, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
  • 1:15 David Bentley sends in a cross, Nikola Zigic produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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