Wednesday January 26, 2011 Semi-finals Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 3 - 1
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West Ham United

  • Bowyer 59’
  • Johnson 79’
  • Gardner 94’
  • Cole 32’

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  1. Gardner fires Birmingham into final

    Gardner fires Birmingham into final

    Craig Gardner's extra-time winner sent Birmingham into the Carling Cup final as they beat West Ham 3-1 at St Andrew's and 4-3 aggregate. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:120'
    • Birmingham City
    • West Ham United
    • 120' And that's it. Birmingham have beaten West Ham 3-1 on the night, and go through to next month's Carling Cup final with Arsenal, running out 4-3 winners on aggregate.
    • 115' And Cole is booked for showing dissent towards Howard Webb.
    • 113' Chance for Carlton Cole as a corner is not cleared by the home side and Cole acrobatically turns and shoots, but his close range effort is saved by Foster.
    • 110' Jerome was through on goal but Green was off his line very quickly and booted the ball clear just in time.
    • 108' West Ham sub: McCarthy on, Spector off
    • 106' The second half of extra time is underway.
    • 105' That's half time of extra time.
    • 104' Dyer volleys inches over the bar from Faubert's centre. Another big miss for West Ham, who may pay for these misses.
    • 102' Birmingham double sub: Beausejour on, Larsson off & Murphy on, Gardner off
    • 100' Bridge puts a dangerous ball into the box and Parker stabs the ball just over from 10 yards. Could, and perhaps should, have been 3-2. West Ham only need one goal to win this on away goals.
    • 99' Faubert whips a dangerous ball into the box from the right for West Ham, but it misses everyone and goes out for a throw.
    • 97' That goal means no penalties, of course.
    • 96' Birmingham are the ones with one foot in the Wembley final now.
    • 94' After hitting the post twice, Gardner scores from the edge of the box after West Ham are caught out at the back, leaving Gardner with enough space to pick his spot and beat Green from 20 yards.
    • 93' GOAL! Birmingham 3-1 West Ham
    • 91' Extra Time is underway.
    • - Coverage of Extra Time to follow...
    • 90' And that's the last action of the game. It finishes 2-1 to Birmingham, which means Extra Time.
    • 90' Gardner hits the inside of the post again! A loose ball is fired from the edge of the box and Rob Green makes an unbelievable save, palming it onto the post.
    • 87' As is Dyer. For his reaction.
    • 87' Ferguson is yellow carded for that tackle.
    • 86' Handbags between Dyer and Ferguson after Ferguson hacked the former England forward.
    • 84' West Ham: O'Neil on, Boa Morte off
    • 83' Jerome bursts forward again and Green comes out to smother him bravely and brilliantly.
    • 82' The atmosphere at Birmingham is absolutely electric now.
    • 80' Birmingham have the lead and have tied the match on aggregate! Larsson's corner is whipped in from the left and Johnson loses his marker at the near post to head home unchallenged.
    • 79' GOAL! Birmingham 2-1 West Ham
    • 79' Rob Green is booked for timewasting (he didn't give the ball back).
    • 78' Jerome bursts forward and wins a corner as the pressure mounts on West Ham again.
    • 76' Three-on-three for West Ham as Cole leads the counter attack. Cole decides to shoot from the edge of the box, but his effort is deflected and that takes the sting off the shot to allow Foster to gather.
    • 74' Dyer is straight into the action and wins a corner off Johnson, but Birmingham get the ball away.
    • 73' West Ham sub: Dyer on, Hines off
    • 72' West Ham's defence is under unbelievable pressure at the moment.
    • 70' Shot from Ferguson from the edge of the box is saved well by Rob Green low to his right. Green couldn't have seen that until late.
    • 69' Deep cross by Ridgewell finds Zigic, whose header deflects out for a corner.
    • 67' Zigic heads the ball down for Gardner, who takes a tumble in the box but he's not going to get a penalty and play goes on. West Ham just can't get out of their own half.
    • 65' More good work by Cole, who whips in a low cross from the right which just evades Boa Morte.
    • 63' Gardner picks up a yellow card for a trip on Tomkins
    • 61' A corner is whipped in from the right by Larsson towards Zigic and the ball drops to Bowyer who lashes it in with real venom with his left foot. Game on!
    • 60' GOAL! Birmingham 1-1 West Ham
    • 59' Wayne Bridge gets away with a handball shout as the ball hits the top of his arm in the penalty area. No penalty given.
    • 58' Birmingham completely dominating the second half.
    • 56' All Birmingham as another Zigic knockdown is lashed wildly over the bar by Jerome.
    • 54' Another long ball is played forward to Ridgewell, who has remained in the box having stayed there from a previous attack. His header seems to be looping over Green for a moment, but the England keeper catches it.
    • 52' A long ball is played to Zigic, who knocks it down for Gardner, who rattles the inside of the post with a stinging shot from the edge of the box. Green was beaten as the ball flashed back across the face of his goal.
    • 50' Hines is caught by Johnson in a dangerous area but the referee waves play on. The pair square up. Handbags.
    • 48' Larsson whips a free kick in from the right which is only half cleared by West Ham. The ball comes back to Larsson, who shoots just wide from 20 yards.
    • 46' Birmingham sub: Zigic on, Derbyshire off
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - Remember, you can follow me on Twitter at @mjdasilva. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
    • 45' And that's the end of a frantic first half, which has been very kind to West Ham. Carlton Cole's wonder strike after 30 minutes gives West Ham a 3-1 aggregate lead and one foot in next month's final.
    • 44' Birmingham penning West Ham back inside their own half, but the end product from the hosts has been awful, as another cross from Carr misses the four targets waiting in the box.
    • 42' He does so with pace and Tomkins heads out for a corner. Larsson takes that too but West Ham, who are under great pressure here, clear.
    • 41' Larsson will eventually whip in the free kick from the left...
    • 40' Lee Bowyer has been clattered by Faubert and is receiving treatment.
    • 38' Noble whips a free kick into the box from the left and Hines flicks the ball over his own head and against the outside of the post! It was a well improvised effort by Hines and West Ham could have been 2-0 up!
    • 36' Birmingham still controlling possession, but they are doing very little with it at the moment.
    • 34' That goal was completely out of nothing. The moment of inspiration West Ham needed, and the east Londoners lead 3-1 on aggregate. Birmingham need to score three to win this in 90 minutes.
    • 32' But Cole gives the ball away in his own half and Gardner sends a stinging shot towards the West Ham goal, which Rob Green palms away.
    • 31' West Ham take the lead through an absolutely stunning strike by Carlton Cole. Cole picks up the ball on the left after bundling his way through a tackle before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner from at least 25 yards. Unbelievable effort!
    • 30' GOAL! Birmingham 0-1 West Ham
    • 28' Birmingham are living on hopeful balls forward at the moment as West Ham remain the better team. Those first few flurries by Birmingham seem like a long time ago.
    • 25' Birmingham just can't keep ahold of the ball. They have been guilty of losing possession on the edge of the box numerous times, but West Ham have been unable to capitalise.
    • 24' Now Boa Morte makes space on the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked by a despairing challenge from Gardner.
    • 22' West Ham feeling their way into this one, and Noble is pulling the strings.
    • 20' Having said that, Noble slips a through ball into Cole who flashes the ball across the face of goal and Ridgewell heads it clear over his own bar with Spector lurking in the six yard box.
    • 18' The furious start to the game has subsided as each side are adopting a more conservative approach at the moment.
    • 16' Gardner surges forward from a midfield position before unleashing an ambitious left-footed effort from all of 30 yards. Always rising, Rob Green untroubled.
    • 14' Ball played over the top by Bridge to Carlton Cole who exploited the space behind the Birmingham defence, before unleashing a spectacular volley which was sliced just high and wide. Decent effort by Cole.
    • 12' A predictably tight and competitive start here.
    • 10' Brilliant counter attack by Noble after a Birmingham move broke down on the edge of the box. Noble's defence-splitting pass found Hines on the right who shot relatively early and Foster saves.
    • 8' Birmingham have definitely made the better start here.
    • 7' The ball pops up in the box and Bowyer swings a leg at it but it is blocked.
    • 5' Larsson whips in a free kick from the left and Rob Green gets half of his fist on the ball to clear for West Ham.
    • 4' Good effort by Hines for West Ham. The youngster created some space on the edge of the box and sent a curler towards the far post, but Foster held on to it.
    • 2' Birmingham have taken the game to West Ham in the early stages.
    • 1' We are underway at St Andrew's.
    • 19.40 Remember, you can follow me on Twitter at @mjdasilva
    • 19.35 This second leg is set up very well. We could have a thriller on our hands. The players are in the tunnel and preparing to come on to the pitch, we are just 10 minutes from kick off.
    • 19.25 West Ham are without midfielder Victor Obinna, who completes a three-match ban after his red card in the first leg. Frederic Piquionne is also suspended following his controversial dismissal for celebrating with fans after scoring against Everton at the weekend.
    • 19.20 Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome starts at St Andrew's after recovering from a hamstring strain, but on-loan midfielder David Bentley is cup-tied having played for Tottenham in an earlier round.
    • 19.15 Birmingham XI: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Derbyshire, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Fahey, Zigic, Hleb, Beausejour. West Ham XI: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Noble, Parker, Spector, Hines, Cole, Boa Morte. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Gabbidon, Dyer, McCarthy, Sears, O'Neil. Ref: Howard Webb.
    • 19.10 West Ham take a 2-1 lead to St Andrews, but a 1-0 win would be enough to take Birmingham through.
    • 19.00 Welcome to live coverage of the second leg of the Carling Cup semi final between Birmingham and West Ham.
  • Summary

    • 104' Dyer volleys inches over the bar from Faubert's centre. Another big miss for West Ham, who may pay for these misses.
    • 100' Bridge puts a dangerous ball into the box and Parker stabs the ball just over from 10 yards. Could, and perhaps should, have been 3-2. West Ham only need one goal to win this on away goals.
    • 94' After hitting the post twice, Gardner scores from the edge of the box after West Ham are caught out at the back, leaving Gardner with enough space to pick his spot and beat Green from 20 yards.
    • 93' GOAL! Birmingham 3-1 West Ham
    • 90' Gardner hits the inside of the post again! A loose ball is fired from the edge of the box and Rob Green makes an unbelievable save, palming it onto the post.
    • 83' Jerome bursts forward again and Green comes out to smother him bravely and brilliantly.
    • 80' Birmingham have the lead and have tied the match on aggregate! Larsson's corner is whipped in from the left and Johnson loses his marker at the near post to head home unchallenged.
    • 79' GOAL! Birmingham 2-1 West Ham
    • 70' Shot from Ferguson from the edge of the box is saved well by Rob Green low to his right. Green couldn't have seen that until late.
    • 61' A corner is whipped in from the right by Larsson towards Zigic and the ball drops to Bowyer who lashes it in with real venom with his left foot. Game on!
    • 60' GOAL! Birmingham 1-1 West Ham
    • 59' Wayne Bridge gets away with a handball shout as the ball hits the top of his arm in the penalty area. No penalty given.
    • 52' A long ball is played to Zigic, who knocks it down for Gardner, who rattles the inside of the post with a stinging shot from the edge of the box. Green was beaten as the ball flashed back across the face of his goal.
    • 38' Noble whips a free kick into the box from the left and Hines flicks the ball over his own head and against the outside of the post! It was a well improvised effort by Hines and West Ham could have been 2-0 up!
    • 31' West Ham take the lead through an absolutely stunning strike by Carlton Cole. Cole picks up the ball on the left after bundling his way through a tackle before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner from at least 25 yards. Unbelievable effort!
    • 30' GOAL! Birmingham 0-1 West Ham
    • 20' Having said that, Noble slips a through ball into Cole who flashes the ball across the face of goal and Ridgewell heads it clear over his own bar with Spector lurking in the six yard box.
    • 10' Brilliant counter attack by Noble after a Birmingham move broke down on the edge of the box. Noble's defence-splitting pass found Hines on the right who shot relatively early and Foster saves.
    • 19.15 Birmingham XI: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Derbyshire, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Fahey, Zigic, Hleb, Beausejour. West Ham XI: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Noble, Parker, Spector, Hines, Cole, Boa Morte. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Gabbidon, Dyer, McCarthy, Sears, O'Neil. Ref: Howard Webb.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson Goal
      • M. Jiránek
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson Yellow Card
      • L. Bowyer Goal
      • S. Larsson Substitution Out (101′)
      • C. Gardner Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (101′)
      • M. Derbyshire Substitution Out (45′)
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • K. Phillips
      • M. Taylor
      • D. Murphy Substitution In101′
      • N. Žigic Substitution In45′
      • K. Fahey
      • J. Beausejour Substitution In101′
      • A. Hleb
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green Yellow Card
      • J. Faubert
      • J. Tomkins Yellow Card
      • M. Upson
      • W. Bridge
      • S. Parker
      • Z. Hines Substitution Out (71′)
      • M. Noble
      • J. Spector Substitution Out (106′)
      • L. Boa Morte Substitution Out (84′)
      • C. Cole Goal Yellow Card

      Subs

      • K. Dyer Substitution In71′ Yellow Card
      • B. McCarthy Substitution In106′
      • D. Gabbidon
      • G. O'Neil Substitution In84′
      • R. Boffin
      • W. Reid
      • F. Sears
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