The FA Cup - Third Round
BirminghamBirmingham City1BournemouthAFC Bournemouth2

Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth

By Mike HensonBBC Sport

Bournemouth substitute Glenn Murray bundled home in the final five minutes to clinch a competitive FA Cup tie against Championship Birmingham City.

The Blues took the lead though a towering header from captain Michael Morrison, but their advantage was soon wiped out by Lee Tomlin's penalty.

Birmingham had the better of the second half and James Vaughan missed a penalty before Jacques Maghoma hit the post.

But Murray stabbed home from Adam Legzdins's fumble to thwart the hosts.

Birmingham threw men forward in search of a late counter-punch, but some dogged defending from the visitors ensured their place in the fourth round and avoided an unwanted replay.

Blues make light of difference

Only 12 league places separate the two teams, with Birmingham challenging for a Championship play-off spot as Bournemouth fight relegation in the Premier League.

James Vaughan misses penalty
James Vaughan is still awaiting his first goal since signing on loan from Huddersfield in November

The gap in quality looked wider in the first half but the Blues emerged re-energised from the interval and should have re-established their advantage.

Vaughan had his head in his hands after blazing over from 12 yards following Eunan O'Kane's foul in the box, and neither side could believe the ball stayed out from the follow-up as Maghoma also hit the woodwork.

Murray's late strike punished the hosts' wastefulness, but the quality and spirit of their second-half display will give manager Gary Rowett hope for the remainder of their league campaign.

Tomlin's timely reminder

Tomlin, who impressed as part of the Middlesbrough side that eliminated Manchester City in the fourth round of last season's competition, again made good use of the FA Cup as a chance to impress possible new employers.

The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £3m summer move to the Vitality Stadium, managing just nine previous appearances, and has been linked with a January loan move.external-link

But - as one of 11 changes from the Bournemouth team that drew with Leicester - his neat touch on the ball and eagerness to take on responsibility will have impressed Eddie Howe and any other watching managers.

He stepped up to dispatch a penalty for the equaliser after Jonathan Grounds brought down O'Kane and, along with fellow winger Marc Pugh, was a consistent threat out wide.

What the managers said

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett on Vaughan's missed penalty: "He's a Birmingham fan, his dad probably stands in that Tilton End and you imagine at the moment we got that penalty, he's thinking 'finally it's my chance to get that first goal in Blues colours'. The added pressure made him snatch and tense up.

"He's apologised to the lads in the dressing room but he certainly doesn't have to do that. If we miss a penalty we all rally round him because we're a team."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:external-link "We're very pleased to get through.

"No doubt it was going to be a very tough game as Gary Rowett has his side well organised and difficult to beat.

"The selection was down to us having a Premier League game in two days time, so we wanted to protect the majority of our squad if we could while still playing a team to win the game.

"It's a delicate balance, by no means did we pick a team to do anything other than to try and win. It was wise to make the changes we did."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 2EardleySubstituted forLowryat 45'minutes
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 44mins
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forMaghomaat 45'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 17Solomon-OtaborSubstituted forToralat 68'minutes
  • 22Shinnie
  • 15Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Donaldson
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Toral
  • 25Lowry
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Federici
  • 47LeeSubstituted forS Cookat 84'minutes
  • 38Cargill
  • 25Distin
  • 36Butcher
  • 7Pugh
  • 16MacDonald
  • 32O'Kane
  • 24Tomlin
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forMurrayat 78'minutes
  • 9RantieSubstituted forRitchieat 39'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3S Cook
  • 21Allsop
  • 22Ward
  • 27Murray
  • 30Ritchie
  • 46Green
  • 48Wakefield
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
13,140

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lee Tomlin.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Bournemouth 2. Glenn Murray (Bournemouth) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Steve Cook replaces Jordan Lee.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by James Vaughan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Glenn Murray replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Jordan Lee (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

  20. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.