Defender Kyle Bartley scored an extra-time volley to seal Birmingham's League Cup win over Plymouth.

Lewis Alessandra twice levelled for the League Two side, cancelling out Scott Allan's second-half brace.

Alessandra's injury-time strike to force the game into extra time came direct from a poor Bartley clearance.

Lee Novak failed to double the advantage after Allan's opener, firing a penalty straight at Argyle goalkeeper Jake Cole.

Cole also frustrated Novak just before the break, parrying his low 18-yard drive.

Alessandra was a constant menace for the visitors, while summer signings Romuald Boco and striker Marvin Morgan both threatened early on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Birmingham boss Lee Clark told BBC WM:

"It's not the way I would've liked it but thankfully we were victorious.

"I said to the players at half-time that we're on the verge of a shock here if we don't pull our finger out."

"We learnt a lot but we have to do better. The play was terrific at times but we can't just play when we've got the ball."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 13 Doyle
  • 02 Eardley Booked
  • 05 Bartley
  • 06 Burn Booked
  • 27 Ferguson (Lee - 90' )
  • 17 Reilly
  • 24 Adeyemi (Elliott - 77' )
  • 26 Allan
  • 07 Burke
  • 12 Novak
  • 16 Arthur Booked (Robinson - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Randolph
  • 04 Robinson
  • 08 Mullins
  • 15 Elliott
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 25 Green

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 03 Blackman
  • 16 Trotman
  • 17 Nelson
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 07 Alessandra Booked
  • 08 Boco (Vassel - 88' )
  • 11 Blizzard (Young - 106' )
  • 09 Reid (Harvey - 78' )
  • 10 Morgan

Substitutes

  • 23 McCormick
  • 22 Richards
  • 25 Purrington
  • 14 Young
  • 30 Lane
  • 18 Harvey
  • 24 Vassel
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 10,178

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

7 3

Corners

10 2

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

120:00 +1:14

The match has finished after extra time.

120:00 +0:27

Lewis Alessandra fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

120:00 +0:03

Lewis Alessandra takes the free kick.

119:53

Neal Trotman fouled by Olly Lee, the ref awards a free kick.

118:49

Jake Cole takes the free kick.

118:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Callum Reilly.

116:52

Jake Cole takes the free kick.

116:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Callum Reilly.

114:52

Dan Burn manages to make a clearance.

114:47

Durrell Berry sends in a cross.

113:05

Andre Blackman takes a shot and goes over the bar.

112:06

Free kick crossed by Lewis Alessandra.

111:20

Neal Eardley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

111:20 Booking

Booking

111:14

Foul by Neal Eardley on Andre Blackman, free kick awarded.

110:38

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

110:31

Lee Novak is caught offside.

106:36

Andre Blackman takes the free kick.

106:18

Unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Christopher Burke results in a free kick.

105:31

Corner from the right by-line taken by Conor Hourihane.

105:01

The second half of extra-time kicks-off.

105:01 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young comes on in place of Dominic Blizzard.

104:42

Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

104:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Burn on Neal Trotman.

104:17

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christopher Burke.

103:55

Neal Eardley takes a shot.

102:34

Shot by Lewis Alessandra cleared the target.

100:17

Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

100:09

Curtis Nelson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Novak.

99:52

The ball is swung over by Conor Hourihane.

99:49

Corner taken by Conor Hourihane.

99:11

Free kick taken by Lewis Alessandra.

98:57

Wade Elliott challenges Lewis Alessandra unfairly and gives away a free kick.

97:53

Scott Allan takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

95:54

Free kick crossed by Jake Cole.

95:43

The referee blows for offside against Lee Novak.

95:22

Neal Eardley produces a cross.

94:42

Olly Lee produces a cross.

91:10

Assist by Christopher Burke.

91:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Kyle Bartley - Birmingham 3 - 2 Plymouth Kyle Bartley slots the ball right footed into the goal. Birmingham 3-2 Plymouth.

91:04

Corner taken by Christopher Burke from the right by-line.

90:00 +6:11

The whistle goes for the end of normal time.

90:00 +5:24

Wade Elliott takes the free kick.

90:00 +5:06

Dominic Blizzard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Reilly.

90:00 +1:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Alessandra - Birmingham 2 - 2 Plymouth Lewis Alessandra scores a right footed goal. Birmingham 2-2 Plymouth.

89:35 Substitution

Substitution Olly Lee replaces Shane Ferguson.

88:24

Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

88:16

Foul by Scott Allan on Dominic Blizzard, free kick awarded.

87:30 Substitution

Substitution Isaac Vassell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Romuald Boco.

83:06

The assist for the goal came from Shane Ferguson.

83:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Allan - Birmingham 2 - 1 Plymouth Scott Allan scores a right footed goal. Birmingham 2-1 Plymouth.

82:45

Shane Ferguson delivers the ball.

81:12

Neal Eardley delivers the ball.

80:52

Tyler Harvey makes a clearance.

80:43

Corner taken by Shane Ferguson.

79:32

Christopher Burke delivers the ball.

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Tyler Harvey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Reuben Reid.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution Wade Elliott comes on in place of Tom Adeyemi.

75:24

Corner taken by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line.

73:30

Clearance made by Andre Blackman.

73:10

Corner taken by Scott Allan.

71:17

Callum Reilly restarts play with the free kick.

70:46 Substitution

Substitution Paul Robinson replaces Koby Arthur.

70:18

Lewis Alessandra is given a yellow card.

70:18 Booking

Booking

70:03

Unfair challenge on Tom Adeyemi by Lewis Alessandra results in a free kick.

68:59

Curtis Nelson takes the free kick.

68:38

Dan Burn is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

68:38 Booking

Booking

68:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reuben Reid by Dan Burn.

66:11

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

65:52

Koby Arthur booked for unsporting behaviour.

65:52 Booking

Booking

65:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Durrell Berry by Koby Arthur.

63:42

Corner taken by Shane Ferguson.

63:04

The ball is swung over by Christopher Burke.

60:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Alessandra - Birmingham 1 - 1 Plymouth Lewis Alessandra grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Birmingham 1-1 Plymouth.

59:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Ferguson on Durrell Berry.

58:15

Corner taken by Scott Allan from the left by-line.

57:22

Tom Adeyemi takes a shot. Jake Cole parries the ball away.

56:34

Dan Burn restarts play with the free kick.

56:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Reuben Reid on Koby Arthur.

55:21

Free kick crossed by Conor Hourihane.

55:00

Lewis Alessandra fouled by Koby Arthur, the ref awards a free kick.

54:17

The ball is delivered by Christopher Burke.

52:15

Corner taken by Scott Allan.

51:48 Penalty

Penalty taken by Lee Novak is saved by Jake Cole. Birmingham 1-0 Plymouth.

50:38

Andre Blackman concedes a Penalty for a foul on Christopher Burke.

50:29

Shane Ferguson delivers the ball.

48:41

Tom Adeyemi provided the assist for the goal.

48:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Allan - Birmingham 1 - 0 Plymouth Scott Allan scores a right footed goal. Birmingham 1-0 Plymouth.

48:19

Reuben Reid restarts play with the free kick.

47:01

Shot by Christopher Burke cleared the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:16

Clearance made by Durrell Berry.

45:00 +1:09

Corner taken by Shane Ferguson.

42:45 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

41:42

Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

41:24

Lee Novak fouled by Dominic Blizzard, the ref awards a free kick.

39:36

Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

39:32

The offside flag is raised against Marvin Morgan.

38:47

Marvin Morgan produces a cross.

37:54

Lee Novak takes a shot. Jake Cole parries the ball away.

34:55

Romuald Boco takes a shot and cleared the bar.

30:02

Christopher Burke takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

28:50

Koby Arthur has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

27:29

Jake Cole manages to make a clearance.

27:22

Corner taken by Scott Allan from the left by-line.

24:41

Tom Adeyemi restarts play with the free kick.

24:25

Foul by Dominic Blizzard on Tom Adeyemi, free kick awarded.

21:27

Foul by Conor Hourihane on Scott Allan, free kick awarded.

18:51

Romuald Boco crosses the ball.

17:45

Shot by Tom Adeyemi.

13:49

Marvin Morgan heads at goal. Colin Doyle parries the ball away.

13:41

Free kick crossed by Romuald Boco.

13:27

Foul by Neal Eardley on Reuben Reid, free kick awarded.

9:26

Dan Burn has a headed effort at goal. Jake Cole safely holds on.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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