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from the BBC

KEY MATCH STATS

# BIRMINGHAM CITY against Leeds pits a mid table Premiership club against a mid table side from the Championship. Both were top flight clubs last season, and in the one before that. The Brummies won three of the four League meetings over the two years. However in the FA Cup it's a different story. Leeds have won all three ties they've ever played against each other, including the 3-2 fifth round engagement at Elland Road in 1998 when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored two of their goals.

# Steve Bruce's second city side have lost their last two League matches, ending a four-match winning run.

# The Midlanders, who've never lifted the silverware, reached the fifth round last season - the first time they went beyond the third round since the year 2000. They were knocked out last season by Sunderland - the last time they succumbed to lower division opposition.

# LEEDS UNITED find themselves 21 places below Birmingham on the League ladder but have recorded three wins from their last four outings under Kevin Blackwell.

# United beat Birmingham in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Cup for the only time in 1972. Last year they were knocked out at this third round stage by the then holders Arsenal. They've been knocked out in the third round in two of the last three seasons, and reached the quarter-finals in three of the last nine years.

# The Yorkshire club last dismissed a club from a higher division 18 years ago when in the old Second Division. They knocked out First Division Queen's Park Rangers 2-1 in the fifth round at Elland Road, on their way to a defeat by Coventry at Hillsborough in the semi-finals.

HEAD TO HEAD

Comp Total Birmingham Leeds Draws
League 80 30 27 23
FAC 3 0 3 0

FA CUP MEETINGS

Date Rnd Res
15 Apr 1972 SF Leeds 3-0 Birmingham
29 Jan 1977 R4 Birmingham 1-2 Leeds
14 Feb 1998 R5 Leeds 3-2 Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM CITY
13th PREM
Club stats

Best FA Cup record
RUNNERS-UP (twice)
Date Rnd Res
25 Apr 1931 FNL Birmingham 1-2 West Brom
05 May 1956 FNL Birmingham 1-3 Man City

Last season's FA Cup exit point
Date Rnd Res
14 Feb 2004 R5 R Birmingham 0-2 Sunderland

LEEDS UNITED
14th Championship

Best FA Cup record
WINNERS (once)
Date Rnd Res
6 May 1972 FNL Arsenal 0-1 Leeds United

Last season's FA Cup exit point
Date Rnd Res
4 Jan 2004 R3 Leeds United 1-4 Arsenal
 

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Emile Heskey scores on 11 mins.
1-0 Birmingham
 

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Darren Carter makes it 2-0 to Blues on 21.
 

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Darren Carter on 65 minutes further extends leads misery, netting his second of the game.

Birmingham 3-0 Leeds.
 

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From BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4139369.stm

Clinton Morrison supplied the ammunition as Emile Heskey and Darren Carter fired Birmingham past Leeds.
Julian Gray's drive tested United keeper Neil Sullivan before Morrison released Heskey who clipped his shot over Sullivan and in off the far post.

Carter converted Morrison's first-time cross for 2-0 before sliding his second home from another Morrison centre.

Blues keeper Maik Taylor then denied Frazer Richardson, Matthew Kilgallon, Aaron Lennon and David Healy.

United were over-run in the early stages, but deserve credit for not going down without a fight.

Heskey's well-taken early goal from Morrison's simple pass was deserved and although the visitors lost Nathan Blake and Michael Duberry through injury, they regularly tested Blues keeper Taylor.

Richardson's well-struck shot was well gathered at the foot of a post, while Kilgallon directed a header straight at Taylor.

But the Blues were more clinical in front of goal with Carter twice benefiting from Morrison's build-up play on the right.

Simon Walton glanced a header wide for United, while Taylor did well to push Lennon's downward volley over the bar and then denied Leeds a consolation by holding on to Healy's low shot.



Birmingham boss Steve Bruce:
"Darren Carter's contribution was excellent and he has done exceptionally well since coming back from Sunderland.
"We saw during the match everything that the modern midfield player needs - strength, power, runs forward and composure in the penalty box.

"Darren deserves a massive pat on the back and going to Sunderland has definitely helped him."


Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell:
"I was proud of the side. The difference between the teams was Premiership quality where it matters most and that was in the penalty area.
"But last season we came here and got absolutely battered and you couldn't say that was the case here.

"If we had taken our chances it might have been closer."



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Birmingham: Maik Taylor, Melchiot, Cunningham, Upson,Lazaridis (Clapham 40), Anderton (Tebily 77), Clemence, Carter,Gray, Heskey (Blake 67), Morrison.Subs Not Used: Vaesen, Yorke.

Booked: Upson.

Goals: Heskey 11, Carter 21, 65.

Leeds: Sullivan, Kelly, Kilgallon, Duberry (Pugh 22),Richardson, Lennon, Wright, Gregan, Walton, Healy,Blake (Joachim 19).Subs Not Used: Carson, Ricketts, Griffit.

Att: 25,159

Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).
 

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yeah, it depends if Chelsea will field the first team or not.
 

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Yeah, solid win for us. I expected us to turn them over really.

As for the next round I can't see Jose making the mistake he almost made against Scunthorpe again. If he wants to win the league cup you can be damn sure he'll want to win the FA cup.

I have slim hope but some :)
 
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