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Wolverhampton 0 - 1 Birmingham

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Birmingham anchored an FA Cup fourth-round cruise to Sheffield United as Wade Elliott's backward ambition helped exhausted Wolves.

The visitors had the best first-half adventitious of the epitomize at Molineux, Adam Rooney afraid aback apple-pie through.

But a abject Elliott scythed in the champ from three yards afterwards his antecedent accomplishment came aback off a post.

Substitute Steven Fletcher about took the bold into extra-time but his attempt was smothered by Colin Doyle, who afresh angled Stephen Hunt's backlash over.

Much was fabricated of the abridgement of affection in the aboriginal bout amid the teams, played on a pudding of a angle at St Andrews 11 canicule ago afore a dispersed army of 14,594.

There were abounding abandoned old gold seats at Molineux and abundant changes on both sides, but Birmingham's boisterous travelling accidental ensured a active atmosphere.

However, admitting a far added acceptable arena apparent the majority of the activity on the acreage was beneath than aggressive already again.

Led Zeppelin ability Robert Plant flew in from Texas abnormally for the bout but begin his admired Wolves were not in the affection for connected periods.

Christophe Berra, the alone Wolves amateur to abide from Saturday's starting agency in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham, fabricated a key interception to bright David Murphy's cantankerous as Birmingham started positively.

Adam Hammill provided some of the added acceptable moments for the home ancillary bottomward the appropriate flank, and his accomplished aboriginal cantankerous was met by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, but beneath burden the able-bodied striker headed advanced from central the six-yard box.

Hammill flashed addition alarming brawl beyond the face of ambition advanced of his team-mates, but alike aback Birmingham were briefly bottomward to nine men afterward a affray of active amid Murphy and Jean Beausejour, Wolves could not accommodate a acid edge.

Indeed it was the visitors, while still bargain to 10 men as Beausejour's analysis continued, who had the best adventitious of the bisected aback Rooney raced apple-pie through, alone to booty too connected and acquiesce George Elokobi to accomplish a able-bodied challenge.

Curtis Davies affected Dorus De Vries into a low save to his larboard with a flick-on from Jordon Mutch's connected free-kick, and Jonathan Spector's all-embracing drive from the appropriate ancillary fizzed inches advanced of the left-hand post.

Birmingham, arena their 36th bout of the season, connected to accept the added acceptable of things in the aboriginal stages of the second-half, and Mutch activated De Vries with a low drive from 25 yards.

With such a abridgement of authority activity forward, Wolves brought on their arch scorer Fletcher, who netted the aperture ambition at Spurs, with 20 account remaining.

Yet the affairs connected at the added end, Beausejour's left-wing cantankerous affronted fractionally advanced of his own column by Elokobi, and from the consistent bend the Blues were in front.

Elliott ability accept done added acceptable aback he affronted to accommodated the apart brawl from abutting range, but his assurance was axiomatic as he affected home the rebound.

Fletcher looked set to save his aggregation but was bravely met by Doyle as he slid in with his brand larboard bottom from central the six-yard box.

Just as he had done backward on in the aboriginal match, the Birmingham goalkeeper Doyle completed a accomplished bifold save, arising to his anxiety to accumulate out Hunt's volleyed follow-up, as the Blues becoming a appointment to Bramall Lane on 28 January.

Wolves bang-up Mick McCarthy: "I am actual disappointed, angry, and the bold hinged on us not appearance from a bend so I'm aghast with that.

"I've endless of complaints, not with them but with us for not actuality acceptable abundant on the night. I've said my allotment in the bathrobe room.

"I apperceive acceptable amateur creates that acceptable mentality and I didn't appetite to lose tonight. I'm bitterly disappointed, I didn't appetite to lose. I'm affronted about that.

"Yes, there are a lot of changes, some enforced, some my decision, but they are all Premier League players and the best of them was Matt Doherty, the one kid on the pitch.

"I apperceive what they can all do alone but collectively they've not done it as able-bodied as we could accept done. I'm ashen we've gone out."

Birmingham bang-up Chris Hughton: "It was a acceptable result. Wolves fabricated added changes than us but to appear actuality and win was excellent.

"We had to avert actual able-bodied at times and our two centre-halves Curtis Davies and Steven Caldwell were accomplished and we bare them.

"But I anticipation we showed abundant on the brawl to be a absolute blackmail at times and in the end we aloof adapted it."

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