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banner Thursday, 22 February, 2001, 12:23 GMT
Birmingham - route to the final
Blues supporters strom the pitch in celebration of reaching the Worthington Cup final
Stan Laziridis leaves the pitch after beating Ipswich
Birmingham's run to the Worthington Cup final in Cardiff has included some notable Premiership scalps. BBC Sport Online examines their route to the Millennium Stadium.


Semi-final, second leg:
Birmingham 4-1 Ipswich,
after extra-time (aggregate 6-2)


Martin Grainger
Grainger put the Blues level on aggregate
Extra-time goals from Geoff Horsfield and Andy Johnson booked Birmingham's trip to Cardiff as they humbled Premiership Ipswich. Horsfield scored twice as he proved a constant menace to the Ipswich defence and Johnson capitalised on an error by Richard Wright to seal the tie.




  • real 14k Listen to BBC Sport's Ian Brown's match report.


    Semi-final, first leg:
    Ipswich 1-0 Birmingham


    Peter Ndlovu (right) holds off Ipswich's Titus Bramble
    Ndlovu's attacking efforts were in vain
    Ipswich took a slender lead into the semi-final second leg after Marcus Stewart's goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Portman Road. Stewart hit his 15th goal of the season from the penalty spot after 44 minutes in the first-leg encounter.




  • real 14k Listen to Birmingham goalkeeper's Neil Bennett's post-match views.


    Quarter-final:
    Birmingham 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday


    Dele Adebola celebrates scoring
    Adebola's strike out the result beyond doubt
    Birmingham progressed to the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup with a comfortable win at St. Andrews. Midfielder Danny Sonner opened the scoring when he netted against his former club before Dele Adebola added the second.




  • real 14k Listen to BBC Sport's Dave Woods' match report.

  • real 14k Listen to Blues' boss Trevor Francis thoughts on the game.


    Fourth round:
    Birmingham 2-1 Newcastle

    Michael Johnson celebrates beating Newcastle
    Johnson scored the last gasp winner
    Michael Johnson's last-gasp strike saw Birmingham come from a goal behind to knock-out Premiership Newcastle. The Magpies took the lead through Kieron Dyer before the home side's momentum earned them an equaliser through striker Dele Adebola.




  • real 14k Listen to BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton's match report.


    Third round:
    Tottenham 1-3 Birmingham

    Blues boss Trevor Francis
    Francis applauds the travelling Blues fans
    Dele Adebola's two first-half strikes and another by Mark Burchill, aided and abetted by an outstanding performance from jet-paced winger Stan Lazaridis knocked 1999 winners Tottenham out.




  • real 14k Listen to BBC Sport's Mike Sewell's match report.


    Second round:
    Birmingham 5-3 Wycombe (on aggregate)

    Andrew Johnson
    Johnson's strike secured victory at Adams Park
    In a thrilling first-leg Wycombe fightback from 3-0 down in an amazing tie at Adams Park before Andrew Johnson scores a late winner for Birmingham. In the second-leg a Peter Ndlovu goal is enough to ease the Blues into the third round.


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