Wednesday January 18, 2012 3rd Round Finished Molineux

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    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Birmingham City
    • 90' Full-time: Wolves 0-1 Birmingham. It's Birmingham who progress forward into the FA Cup fourth round (for an away match with Sheffield United) at the expense of Wolves, who were poor throughout and couldn't react to falling behind to Wade Elliott's second-half strike. Still no win for Mick McCarthy's men in this new calendar year.
    • 90+3' Birmingham have all eleven behind the ball as they look to see out the remaining minutes of their match. They still lead 1-0
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time at the end for Wolves to try and find a way back into the match...
    • 90' Birmingham sub: Keith Fahey comes on for Morgaro Gomis.
    • 89' Wolves almost grab an unlikely late equaliser as Fletcher races on to a ball played in-behind, but Doyle is brave in deflecting it wide and Stephen Hunt then sends the follow-up effort over the bar. Doyle is down receiving treatment, meanwhile.
    • 87' A late challenge from Christophe Berra sees the Wolves man become the first player to be booked in their game tonight.
    • 85' It's Birmingham who almost grab the second, as a side-footer from Beausejour is palmed away one-handed by Dorus de Vries.
    • 84' Final Wolves sub: Stephen Ward comes on for Matt Doherty.
    • 82' Wolves have offered little goign forward since falling behind to Wade Elliott's goal.
    • 76' Birmingham sub: Chris Burke comes on for Nathan Redmond
    • 75' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! WOLVES 0-1 BIRMINGHAM (Wade Elliott). Elliott tucks the ball home from only a couple of yards out after David Murphy nods the ball onwards from a Blues corner. That set-piece had been won after George Elokobi nervously turned the ball behind having rushed towards his own goal. Well, could that be the crucial goal for this cup tie?
    • 72' Wolves sub: Steven Fletcher comes on for the ineffectual Kevin Doyle.
    • 69' Sub Guedioura gets behind the ball but his banana shot from 25 yards out is always travelling wide of Colin Doyle's goal.
    • 68' Wolves sub: Eggert Jonsson comes off for Adlene Guedioura
    • 67' Eggert Jonsson fancies his chances from 30 yards out but the ball is well-held by Colin Doyle. Up the other end, and Nathan Redmond slices horribly wide out on the right for Birmingham.
    • 62' Flag is raised against Milijas as Ebanks-Blake lays the ball off for Doyle and the midfielder moves too early in receiving the Irishman's looped delivery.
    • 59' The ball finds its way to Matt Doherty whose rasping and rising strike is slightly deflected on its way to stinging the palms of Colin Doyle.
    • 58' Birmingham waste a free-kick opportunity out on the right flank, as David Murphy delivers a curling effort beyond everyone in the box and out for a Wolves goal-kick.
    • 56' Jordon Mutch drives forward and his low 25-yard strike is parried away from goal by the outstretched Dorus de Vries.
    • 55' Ebanks-Blake goes down in attempting to get a foot on the loose ball in the Birmingham box, but it would have been a soft penalty decision if given.
    • 54' Both teams have failed to liven the crowd since half-time, with David Murphy's cutback cleared by the Wolves defence.
    • 51' Kevin Doyle's strike is charged down from just outside the penalty area and Colin Doyle comes off his line to collect the loose ball.
    • 46' Wolves get us back underway for their fa cup replay with Birmingham.
    • 45' Half-time: Wolves 0-0 Birmingham
    • 45+2' Jonathan Spector receives the ball just off-centre to the right and his daisy-cutter effort fizzes just wide of de Vries' far post with the goalkeeper flapping. Very close
    • 45' Three minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first-half for Wolves vs Birmingham
    • 44' Wolves have a free-kick from 30 yards out centrally, but Milijas' curling effort goes straight into the arms of Colin Doyle.
    • 43' De Vries does well to get down low at his post and tip behind a downwards header from the on-rushing Curtis Davies. A fine save that to prevent the Blues taking the lead.
    • 40' Birmingham are beginning to attack more down their right flank, but Jonathan Spector's cross into the Wolves box is charged down by the first man.
    • 38' Birmingham continue with ten men, although they still hope to bring Beausejour back on shortly.
    • 35' Adam Rooney is clean through on goal but takes too long to pull the trigger and that allows George Elokobi to wrap his leg round the ball and prod it back to Dorus De Vries.
    • 29' A clash of heads between Birmingham duo David Murphy and Beausejour sees the former off receiving stitches and the latter down on the pitch requiring physio treatment for perceived mild concussion.
    • 27' Ebanks-Blake is flagged offside after Wolves play a short corner and the eventual delivery into the box sees him failing to keep up with Birmingham's defensive line.
    • 25' The game has gone a little stale as we pass the midway point of the first-half following a frenetic opening 20 minutes.
    • 22' Matt Doherty finds some room down the right but his cut-back just evades the on-rushing Ebanks-Blake.
    • 19' Adam Hammill's cross is hit behind the Birmingham goal from the right-flank.
    • 17' The forward pass from Christophe Berra fails to find Ebanks-Blake who is muscled off the ball.
    • 16' Jonsson clips the ball forward for Ebanks-Blake who chests it down for Nenad Milijas, but the midfielder slices his first-time shot wide from outside the Blue's penalty area.
    • 14' Ebanks-Blake finds Doyle down the right flank but his cross into the Birmingham box is overhit (admittedly with little central, attacking presence from the home team making its way forward anyway).
    • 12' Now it's Wolves' turn to press forward, but they take an unproductive corner and then Eggert Jonsson's ball back into the box is well collected by Colin Doyle.
    • 11' End-to-end stuff at the moment as Wolves clear from deep in their own territory with Beausejour lurking.
    • 10' Adam Hammill finds Ebanks-Blake with a sumptuous cross from the right but the striker heads wide when under pressure from only a few yards out. Should have done a lot better with that chance.
    • 9' Jordan Mutch over-hits the free-kick from a central position as Curtis Davies made a run in-behind the Wolves' line.
    • 7' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake snatches at his strike from a central position just out from the Blues' penalty box, and it's an easy gather for Colin Doyle.
    • 6' Mutch feeds David Murphy deep in Wolves territory down the Birmingham left flank, but his dangerous low cross into the home team's box is scrambled clear.
    • 4' Bright start from the visitors who have dominated possession since kick-off, but without any real penetration in these opening exchanges.
    • 1' Birmingham get us underway at Molineaux in their third round replay vs Wolves.
    • 19:30 Team News... Wolverhampton: De Vries, Doherty, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Jonsson, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Fletcher, Ward, Keogh, Guedioura, Forde /// Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Redmond, Elliott, Mutch, Gomis, Beausejour, Rooney. Subs: Butland, Burke, King, Fahey, Zigic, Valles, Gnahore /// Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
    • 18:45 The winner of the Midlands derby will face League One promotion hopefuls Sheffield United at Brammall Lane in the next round if they can win this tie at the second attempt.
  • Summary

    • 89' Wolves almost grab an unlikely late equaliser as Fletcher races on to a ball played in-behind, but Doyle is brave in deflecting it wide and Stephen Hunt then sends the follow-up effort over the bar. Doyle is down receiving treatment, meanwhile.
    • 85' It's Birmingham who almost grab the second, as a side-footer from Beausejour is palmed away one-handed by Dorus de Vries.
    • 75' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! WOLVES 0-1 BIRMINGHAM (Wade Elliott). Elliott tucks the ball home from only a couple of yards out after David Murphy nods the ball onwards from a Blues corner. That set-piece had been won after George Elokobi nervously turned the ball behind having rushed towards his own goal. Well, could that be the crucial goal for this cup tie?
    • 56' Jordon Mutch drives forward and his low 25-yard strike is parried away from goal by the outstretched Dorus de Vries.
    • 45+2' Jonathan Spector receives the ball just off-centre to the right and his daisy-cutter effort fizzes just wide of de Vries' far post with the goalkeeper flapping. Very close
    • 43' De Vries does well to get down low at his post and tip behind a downwards header from the on-rushing Curtis Davies. A fine save that to prevent the Blues taking the lead.
    • 35' Adam Rooney is clean through on goal but takes too long to pull the trigger and that allows George Elokobi to wrap his leg round the ball and prod it back to Dorus De Vries.
    • 22' Matt Doherty finds some room down the right but his cut-back just evades the on-rushing Ebanks-Blake.
    • 10' Adam Hammill finds Ebanks-Blake with a sumptuous cross from the right but the striker heads wide when under pressure from only a few yards out. Should have done a lot better with that chance.
    • 6' Mutch feeds David Murphy deep in Wolves territory down the Birmingham left flank, but his dangerous low cross into the home team's box is scrambled clear.
    • 19:30 Team News... Wolverhampton: De Vries, Doherty, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Hammill, Jonsson, Milijas, Hunt, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Fletcher, Ward, Keogh, Guedioura, Forde /// Birmingham: Doyle, Spector, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Redmond, Elliott, Mutch, Gomis, Beausejour, Rooney. Subs: Butland, Burke, King, Fahey, Zigic, Valles, Gnahore /// Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

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