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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Gillingham 0.

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

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

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

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

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

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

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

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Egan.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Reece Brown replaces Andrew Shinnie.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Jordan Houghton.

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt saved. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. John Egan replaces Ryan Jackson.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Gillingham 0. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Legzdins.

Attempt saved. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Bradley Garmston.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Ben Williamson.

Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by David Davis.

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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