Birmingham 3-2 Plymouth

Kyle Bartley

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.


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."

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