The FA Cup - Fourth Round - Replay
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Birmingham City win 4-1 on penalties

Birmingham City 2-2 Coventry City: Blues knock their tenants Coventry out on penalties to reach FA Cup fifth round

Birmingham City booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Coventry City in their fourth-round replay.

Birmingham captain Harlee Dean scored the winning penalty for the Blues who now travel to Leicester in the next round between 3-5 March.

Dean's stoppage-time header had earlier levelled Amadou Bakayoko's opener.

Maxime Biamou restored the League One side's lead in extra time before Jeremie Bela's goal ensured penalties.

Ironically, despite grandstand finishes in both normal and extra time, the game initially mirrored the 0-0 draw between the sides on 25 January.

A goalless first half was marred by an injury to Blues midfielder Josh McEachran, who was taken off on a stretcher after appearing to land awkwardly following a challenge.

And it wasn't until Bakayoko's goal - a right-foot effort that looped off Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp and bounced over the goalline - that the contest sparked into life.

Biamou twice missed chances to double Coventry's lead and the 1987 winners, who are groundsharing at St Andrew's this season, appeared good value to progress.

However, Dean headed in Jacques Maghoma's right-wing cross to equalise and Lukas Jutkiewicz headed against the Coventry crossbar with the final touch in normal time.

Biamou - who scored in the Sky Blues' second and third-round replay wins over Ipswich and Bristol Rovers - turned in Callum O'Hare's cross from the right to again put Mark Robins' side ahead.

But Jamie Allen and Liam Walsh both missed for them in the shootout, which arrived courtesy of Bela's long-range effort.

Birmingham head coach Pep Clotet: "Coventry made it very difficult for us and we struggled to create flow in attack but one thing we had was the ability to work harder to the end, believe in ourselves and take the game to a penalty shootout.

"We are very happy it went in our favour. It was a fantastic night. It turned out well after eight years of us not being able to get into the fifth round but we managed it."

Coventry City manager Mark Robins: "I'm proud of the players, they've come out on the wrong side of a result and we had three good chances to put the game to bed in normal time that we didn't take which means you always run the risk.

"They had two crosses, they pushed Harlee Dean up front to try and get a goal, which they did, right at the death, in normal time, and then to concede with 30 seconds left on the clock in extra time was poor from us."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 2HardingBooked at 109mins
  • 12Dean
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Pedersen
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forGardnerat 103'minutes
  • 16McEachranSubstituted forBoyd-Munceat 18'minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 69'minutes
  • 15Montero
  • 48ConcannonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forBelaat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Bela
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 20Gardner
  • 27Trueman
  • 33Keita
  • 44Boyd-Munce

Coventry

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Marosi
  • 15Hyam
  • 16PaskBooked at 36mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 23Dabo
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forAllenat 72'minutes
  • 6KellySubstituted forWalshat 105'minutes
  • 25WestbrookeSubstituted forO'Hareat 72'minutes
  • 3Mason
  • 9Biamou
  • 21BakayokoBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGoddenat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jones
  • 8Allen
  • 13Wilson
  • 17O'Hare
  • 20Walsh
  • 24Godden
  • 37Williams
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
11,680

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2(4), Coventry City 2(1).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Birmingham City 2(4), Coventry City 2(1).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2(4), Coventry City 2(1). Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty saved! Jamie Allen (Coventry City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2(3), Coventry City 2(1). Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Liam Walsh (Coventry City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2(2), Coventry City 2(1). Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2(1), Coventry City 2(1). Matt Godden (Coventry City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2(1), Coventry City 2. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  10. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Birmingham City 2, Coventry City 2.

  11. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Birmingham City 2, Coventry City 2.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2, Coventry City 2. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  13. Post update

    Liam Walsh (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Coventry City 2. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum O'Hare.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Booking

    Wes Harding (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Jamie Allen (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Wes Harding (Birmingham City).

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