EFL Cup - Second Round
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Birmingham City 2-0 Gillingham

Wes Thomas scored twice to earn Birmingham a third-round League Cup tie with rivals Aston Villa after a win over in-form Gillingham.

Thomas opened the scoring from close range in the first-half, tucking home Paul Robinson's header from a corner.

After the break, the striker netted his second from another corner, when David Davis played a half-cleared set-piece back into his path and he slotted in.

The defeat was early League One leaders Gillingham's first of the season.

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 2Eardley
  • 23Spector
  • 4Robinson
  • 12Hancox
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 26Davis
  • 24ArthurSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 77'minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forBrock-Madsenat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gray
  • 9Donaldson
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 18Brown
  • 28Morrison
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Gillingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Nelson
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forEganat 74'minutes
  • 50Oshilaja
  • 5Ehmer
  • 3Garmston
  • 6HoughtonSubstituted forDackat 78'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 17Donnelly
  • 11McGlashan
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forMcDonaldat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Egan
  • 10McDonald
  • 12Morris
  • 19Norris
  • 23Dack
  • 24Dickenson
  • 34Oldaker
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
9,275

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Gillingham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Gillingham 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

  4. Post update

    John Egan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Egan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Reece Brown replaces Andrew Shinnie.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Jordan Houghton.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Koby Arthur.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Nicolai Brock-Madsen replaces Wes Thomas.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Josh Wright (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.