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Millwall 2-2 Birmingham (aet)
Birmingham win 4-3 on penalties

Millwall's Alan Dunne and Birmingham's Julian Gray
Birmingham won a penalty shoot-out to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

Stan Lazaridis scored the winning spotkick after Barry Hayles and Ben May had missed penalties for Millwall.

The visitors had taken an early lead through Julian Gray's shot, before Alan Dunne equalised on 57 minutes, his curling effort beating Nico Vaesen.

In extra time, Emile Heskey pounced after Lenny Pidgeley spilled a Matthew Upson header, but with five minutes left Marvin Elliott's shot beat Vaesen.

Heskey had a good game for Birmingham and he had great vision to feed the ball to Gray, who made made no mistake firing past Pidgeley.

Midway through the first half Gray outpaced Phil Ifil and cut the ball back to Heskey, who should have done better with his effort.

Upson twice went close to adding to Birmingham's lead - but Pidgeley was equal to both efforts.

Pidgeley rescued his team again in the 29th minute, keeping out Nicky Butt's 20-yard effort after Gray had escaped down the left again.

Dunne scored a superb equaliser for Millwall just before the hour, shaking off Walter Pandiani on the left before curling in a terrific shot

Birmingham regained the lead after Pidgeley could only parry Upson's header and Heskey prodded in the loose ball.

But Millwall equalised for a second time when Elliott collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled a precise left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner.


  • Millwall manager Colin Lee:

    "It's not a nice way to go out of the competition.

    "We were poor in the first half, but you cannot fault the players after that. They responded superbly.

    "We showed great character to come back in extra-time. If the match had gone on for five or 10 minutes more, we could have caused an upset."

  • Birmingham manager Steve Bruce:

    "When you do not take chances, you run the risk of letting the opposition back in and that happened.

    "They made a cup tie out of it and it was very, very difficult for us in the last period of the match.

    "We were much the better side for an hour. But we are in the hat for the next round and we are delighted."


    Millwall: Pidgeley, Ifil (Fangueiro 29), Paul Robinson, Livermore, Craig, Wright, Morris (Simpson 98), Elliott, Dunne, Asaba (May 11), Hayles.
    Subs Not Used: Vincent, Braniff.

    Booked: Fangueiro, Craig, Paul Robinson.

    Goals: Dunne 57, Elliott 116.

    Birmingham: Vaesen, Melchiot, Martin Taylor, Upson, Clapham, Pennant, Clemence (Jarosik 90), Butt, Gray (Lazaridis 105), Pandiani (Dunn 62), Heskey.Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Tebily.

    Booked: Gray, Upson, Butt.

    Goals: Gray 10, Heskey 102.

    Birmingham win 4-3 on penalties

    Att: 7,732.

    Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).





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