The FA Cup - Third Round
BirminghamBirmingham City3Bristol RoversBristol Rovers0

Birmingham City 3-0 Bristol Rovers

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at St Andrew's
Birmingham's Chris Burke takes on Bristol Rover's Lee Brown

Birmingham City captain Paul Robinson scored his first goal in five years to inspire his side to victory over Bristol Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.

Robinson's 35th-minute header from Shane Ferguson's corner gave Blues the first-half edge.

But it took until the 85th minute for Chris Burke to settle the tie, when he slid home Nikola Zigic's though-ball.

Burke then added a second, firing under Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall.

That booked a home fourth-round home tie for Blues against Swansea City, who they have already beaten in this season's Capital One Cup.

The final scoreline was extremely harsh on John Ward's determined League Two side - and the noisy 2,358 horde who had followed them up the M5 from Bristol.

Rovers' best chance came in only the third minute.

But Elliot Richards, put clean through, could only fire weakly straight at goalkeeper Colin Doyle.

Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall responded by pulling off an amazing triple save at the other end to deny Paul Caddis (twice) and Lee Novak.

Mildenhall could do nothing to stop Robinson putting the Championship side ahead with a far-post header.

But the Rovers keeper pulled off a great save to deny Robinson midway through the second half after the 35-year-old home skipper had made an incredible lung-bursting run from his own box.

Burke then settled home nerves, scoring twice inside three minutes as the game entered its closing stages.

Birmingham City skipper Paul Robinson told BBC WM:

"I honestly thought the goalie was going to get the cross but luckily he missed it.

"I just kept my eyes on the ball and concentrated on hitting the back of the net.

"That goal's been a long time coming. But I'm more delighted that we're though to the next round and playing Premier League opposition too.

"The FA Cup matters to the players. The gaffer did not want to change the team. He wants to keep things flowing and keep that consistency ticking over."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"Robbo!!! I've known him for years. He doesn't score goals. I don't know what he was even doing up there. But that was tonight was all about.

"If you make mistakes like we did against a Championship side, you'll get punished for them. 3-0 was a bit harsh but we opened up as we were trying to get back in the game and paid for it.

"You're not going to get a lot chances and the good one that we did have came very early. But I know from playing in that position myself, they're not always easy those one-on-ones.

"Hopefully my young players will have learnt a lot tonight if they want to go to a higher level. And now it's all about taking the good things from tonight into Saturday's game at York. We'll have a good following there too. We get terrific support from our away fans wherever we go."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Doyle
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 20LeeSubstituted forAdamsat 89'minutes
  • 8Mullins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Burke
  • 29BrownSubstituted forElliottat 73'minutes
  • 19Zigic
  • 12Novak
  • 27FergusonSubstituted forGrayat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Packwood
  • 15Elliott
  • 17Reilly
  • 22Shinnie
  • 30Townsend
  • 33Gray
  • 34Adams

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O ClarkeSubstituted forWoodardsat 76'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 10Richards
  • 15NorburnSubstituted forClarksonat 83'minutes
  • 9Harrold
  • 32O'Toole
  • 17HarrisonBooked at 18minsSubstituted forBeardsleyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 7Clarkson
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 30Lockyer
  • 34Keary
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
9,914

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City).

  4. Post update

    Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Charlee Adams replaces Oliver Lee.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Shane Ferguson.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 3, Bristol Rovers 0. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces Oliver Norburn.

  15. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Wade Elliott.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dan Woodards replaces Ollie Clarke.