EFL Cup - First Round
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Birmingham City 3-1 Cambridge United (aet)

Championship side Birmingham City left it late to see off League Two newcomers Cambridge United to reach the Capital One Cup second round.

Lee Clark's side took the lead through unmarked striker Clayton Donaldson before namesake Ryan Donaldson equalised for the Us.

After a goalless second half Blues defender Paul Caddis hit home a rebound in the first period of extra-time.

Midfielder Mark Duffy then sealed victory with a well-struck third.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark told BBC WM:

"It was a really good game, I thought. I told the players it would be extremely tough, and I was proved to be correct.

"We've had some really good individual performances. I thought the midfield pairing of Paul Caddis and David Davis looked very energetic, very powerful, and David Cotterill was very good.

"Davis showed his character and determination to keep going for the full 120 minutes, and I think you've seen we've got a good player.

"I made seven changes, but I wasn't taking liberties or showing Cambridge disrespect, I was giving some of the lads a chance to stake a claim, and some of them have done that."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Doyle
  • 31Caddis
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisBooked at 65mins
  • 5GunningSubstituted forEdgarat 38'minutes
  • 15Hall
  • 11Cotterill
  • 23Spector
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forNovakat 63'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 33GraySubstituted forDuffyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 6Edgar
  • 7Duffy
  • 8Gleeson
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 29Brown

Cambridge

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dunn
  • 2Tait
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Champion
  • 5Bonner
  • 4Coulson
  • 7Donaldson
  • 17Hughes
  • 21AppiahSubstituted forSimpsonat 83'minutes
  • 9CunningtonSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 45'minutes
  • 11DunkSubstituted forChadwickat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Norris
  • 14Hunt
  • 15Simpson
  • 16Austin
  • 19Sam-Yorke
  • 22Chadwick
  • 25Lennon
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
9,816

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Cambridge United 1.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Birmingham City 3, Cambridge United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  4. Post update

    Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match David Edgar (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Colin Doyle.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time begins Birmingham City 3, Cambridge United 1.

  15. Post update

    First Half Extra Time ends, Birmingham City 3, Cambridge United 1.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 3, Cambridge United 1. Mark Duffy (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Colin Doyle.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Chris Dunn.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.