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Birmingham   3 - 0   Sheff Wed

Obafemi Martins celebrates
Martins, second from the right, scored his first goal for Birmingham

Birmingham eased into the last eight of the FA Cup with a convincing win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Jean Beausejour swept home Lee Bowyer's cut-back after only six minutes, following good work by Alexander Hleb.

Obafemi Martins scored his first goal for Birmingham before David Murphy scored from close range in the second half to ensure Birmingham's progress.

The Owls did their best to fight their way back into the game but were unable to penetrate the home defence.

But Birmingham's win was tempered by an injury to Hleb.

The Belarusian set up the first two goals for Beausejour and Martins but was then stretchered off and looks doubtful for next weekend's Carling Cup final against his former club Arsenal.

Hleb's vision was vital to Birmingham's opener, picking out Lee Bowyer's late run, allowing the former England midfielder to send the ball across the danger area towards Beausejour.

The Chilean was unmarked as he side-footed the ball past Nicky Weaver.

It came as no surprise when Martins, on loan from Rubin Kazan until the end of the season, scored his first goal for the club in the 17th minute.

Hleb was again the creator with a pass that Martins was able to take into his stride before firing past the exposed Weaver into the far corner of the net.

But Hleb's afternoon came to a premature end after he was chopped down by James O'Connor, with David Bentley coming off the bench to replace the playmaker.

Owls boss Gary Megson, still without a win since taking over at Hillsborough, made a defensive change after 27 minutes with Richard Hinds replacing Mark Reynolds - but it did little to prevent wave after wave of Birmingham attack.

Cameron Jerome spurned a great opportunity to make it 3-0 when he prodded wide from three yards after a low Bentley cross to the near post.

Wednesday had a couple of chances to capitalise on their best spell of the game late in the first half but Neil Mellor just failed to connect with a low cross from Daniel Jones after he had got past Stephen Carr.

Megson made two more changes at half-time with Mark Beevers and Liam Palmer replacing Michael Morrison and O'Connor.

These changes appeared to have stiffened the visitor's defence but only eight minutes into the second half Birmingham went further ahead through Murphy.

Weaver punched away Keith Fahey's corner to the near post under pressure from Bowyer but Murphy was first to react and drilled his shot home.

That goal effectively ended the game as a contest but Martins missed a good opportunity to make it 4-0, firing over the bar from close range.

Sheffield Wednesday toiled for a consolation but the gulf in class between the teams was, ultimately, too great for the League One side to bridge.


Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"In terms of allowing players to recharge batteries and being able to change the team, it was a good day for us.

"It was good for some players to come in and get some much-needed match practice."


Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson:
"If someone scores a world-class goal against you, or a lucky one, there is not a huge amount you can do.

"But the first goal is an awful one to give away. It starts on the halfway line and is a ball we should clear and be a lot stronger with.

"Next time we are touching the ball, it is in the back of the net. The second goal is even worse."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Wed FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Beausejour 6
  • Martins 17
  • Murphy 53

    Birmingham

    Substitutes

    Sheff Wed

    • 01 Weaver
    • 02 Spurr yellow card
    • 06 Morrison (Beevers 46 yellow card)
    • 07 Reynolds (Hinds 28)
    • 11 Jones
    • 22 Johnson yellow card
    • 04 Osbourne
    • 17 O'Connor yellow card (Palmer 46)
    • 21 Teale
    • 30 Morrison
    • 33 Mellor

    Substitutes

    • 25 Jameson,
    • 05 Hinds,
    • 15 Beevers,
    • 14 Potter,
    • 24 Sedgwick,
    • 29 Palmer,
    • 09 Heffernan
    Ref: TaylorAtt: 14,607
    BIRMINGHAM
    SHEFF WED

    Possession

    • Birmingham 59%
    • Sheff Wed 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Birmingham 11
    • Sheff Wed 3

    Attempts off target

    • Birmingham 4
    • Sheff Wed 7

    Corners

    • Birmingham 10
    • Sheff Wed 4

    Fouls

    • Birmingham 7
    • Sheff Wed 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:26 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:13 Headed effort on goal by Isaiah Osbourne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 90:00+2:51 The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones.
    • 90:00+2:38 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Jones, Colin Doyle makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:16 Neil Mellor crosses the ball, Clinton Morrison produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from 12 yards. David Murphy gets a block in.
    • 90:00+1:05 The referee blows for offside against Clinton Morrison. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:53 Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
    • 88:34 The ball is crossed by Neil Mellor.
    • 87:24 The ball is swung over by Isaiah Osbourne.
    • 85:12 Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Clinton Morrison results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
    • 81:22 Reda Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. Shot comes in from Keith Fahey from the free kick.
    • 81:22 Booking Reda Johnson booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:39 Unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
    • 79:48 Headed effort from inside the area by Neil Mellor misses to the left of the target.
    • 79:08 Neil Mellor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
    • 76:14 Effort on goal by Liam Palmer from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 75:44 Gary Teale produces a cross, Colin Doyle makes a save.
    • 75:02 Tommy Spurr delivers the ball, save made by Colin Doyle.
    • 73:56 Isaiah Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Obafemi Martins. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
    • 72:59 The ball is delivered by Keith Fahey.
    • 72:42 Outswinging corner taken by Keith Fahey, clearance made by Mark Beevers.
    • 72:13 Corner taken short by David Bentley, Keith Fahey crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Hinds.
    • 71:09 Mark Beevers concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. David Murphy has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 71:09 Booking Mark Beevers receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 70:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Isaiah Osbourne. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
    • 69:42 Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey to the near post.
    • 68:36 Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Lee Bowyer takes the direct free kick.
    • 66:05 A cross is delivered by Daniel Jones, save made by Colin Doyle.
    • 65:31 David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Mellor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Jones from right wing, clearance by Jordon Mutch.
    • 63:14 Mark Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:00 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Jordon Mutch coming on for Roger Johnson.
    • 59:39 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Reda Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 59:23 The ball is sent over by Tommy Spurr.
    • 58:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Hinds by Roger Johnson. Daniel Jones delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 58:16 Booking Roger Johnson booked.
    • 57:23 David Murphy delivers the ball, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne.
    • 55:35 Gary Teale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. David Bentley takes the free kick.
    • 53:58 Shot by Obafemi Martins from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 52:23 Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the right by-line to the near post,
    • 52:23 GOAL - David MurphyBirmingham 3 - 0 Sheff Wed A goal is scored by David Murphy from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-0 Sheff Wed.
    • 51:50 David Bentley delivers a pass corner to short, clearance by Richard Hinds.
    • 51:33 Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Liam Palmer gets a block in.
    • 50:04 Foul by Neil Mellor on Colin Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
    • 49:11 Daniel Jones takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
    • 46:09 Clinton Morrison takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.
    • 45:11 Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Roger Johnson results in a free kick. Gary Teale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Kevin Phillips replaces Cameron Jerome.
    • 45:01 Substitution Mark Beevers on for Michael Morrison.
    • 45:01 Substitution James O'Connor leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Palmer.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:59 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+2:37 Keith Fahey takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Neil Mellor.
    • 45:00+2:14 David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 45:00+0:55 The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, Colin Doyle makes a save.
    • 44:01 Isaiah Osbourne takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
    • 43:37 Gary Teale crosses the ball, save by Colin Doyle.
    • 43:22 Daniel Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
    • 42:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reda Johnson by Obafemi Martins. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
    • 41:56 A cross is delivered by Daniel Jones, Stuart Parnaby makes a clearance.
    • 40:45 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Reda Johnson.
    • 40:40 The ball is crossed by David Bentley, Reda Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 39:40 Daniel Jones produces a cross.
    • 34:07 Tommy Spurr concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Stephen Carr takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:07 Booking Tommy Spurr receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 31:59 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale.
    • 31:50 Centre by Daniel Jones, clearance by Stuart Parnaby.
    • 30:34 Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 28:55 Richard Hinds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.
    • 27:37 Keith Fahey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James O'Connor. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:07 Substitution Mark Reynolds goes off and Richard Hinds comes on.
    • 26:16 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Roger Johnson goes over the bar.
    • 22:03 The ball is swung over by David Murphy, clearance made by Reda Johnson.
    • 22:03 Substitution David Bentley is brought on as a substitute for Alexander Hleb.
    • 22:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by James O'Connor.
    • 22:03 Booking James O'Connor receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 21:42 Jean Beausejour decides to take a short corner.
    • 21:01 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Jones from the right by-line, Jean Beausejour manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:15 Lee Bowyer sends in a cross.
    • 19:16 Unfair challenge on Stuart Parnaby by Clinton Morrison results in a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:00 Assist on the goal came from Alexander Hleb.
    • 17:00 GOAL - Obafemi MartinsBirmingham 2 - 0 Sheff Wed Obafemi Martins scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Sheff Wed.
    • 16:30 Neil Mellor sends in a cross, clearance made by David Murphy.
    • 15:21 Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Morrison.
    • 15:04 David Murphy crosses the ball, Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 14:45 Tommy Spurr takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.
    • 13:46 Corner taken by Keith Fahey from the right by-line.
    • 13:32 Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Reda Johnson makes a clearance.
    • 12:34 A cross is delivered by Lee Bowyer, Michael Morrison makes a clearance.
    • 11:32 Cameron Jerome fouled by James O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Keith Fahey has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 10:59 Corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line, Colin Doyle makes a save.
    • 9:52 Centre by Neil Mellor, clearance by Alexander Hleb.
    • 7:31 Foul by Jean Beausejour on Daniel Jones, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale from left wing.
    • 5:24 The assist for the goal came from Lee Bowyer.
    • 5:24 GOAL - Jean BeausejourBirmingham 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Jean Beausejour scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Sheff Wed.
    • 4:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Murphy by Gary Teale. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
    • 3:39 David Murphy delivers the ball, save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    see also
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