EFL Cup - First Round
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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Birmingham City

The 2011 League Cup winners Birmingham City made it through to the second round of the competition with a narrow win over League Two's Bristol Rovers.

Andrew Shinnie scored the winner for the Championship side, striking a low, 25-yard finish into the net.

Birmingham had taken the lead in the second half through Jacques Maghoma's close-range goal.

Rovers equalised on 65 minutes after Ellis Harrison volleyed in, before Shinnie's effort three minutes later.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forBroomat 81'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forMontañoat 64'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 17EasterSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 16Blissett
  • 21Montaño
  • 22Preston
  • 23Bodin
  • 27Broom
  • 28Malpas

Birmingham

  • 1Legzdins
  • 2Eardley
  • 28MorrisonSubstituted forSpectorat 71'minutes
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 22Shinnie
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forGrayat 81'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 45mins
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forArthurat 90+2'minutes
  • 21NovakBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Gray
  • 9Donaldson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 18Brown
  • 23Spector
  • 24Arthur
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
5,650

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Birmingham City 2.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Koby Arthur.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Koby Arthur replaces Wes Thomas because of an injury.

Delay in match Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Broom replaces James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Jacques Maghoma.

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

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector replaces Michael Morrison.

Delay in match Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Birmingham City 2. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Thomas.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Birmingham City 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Jake Gosling.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces Jermaine Easter.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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