The scoreline does not reflect Birmingham’s second half performance after complete terriers domination in the first.
A full strength Huddersfield line up put out by David Wagner, and for Blues it was a changed side to the one that got a comfortable win away at Sheffield Wednesday with Gardner, Lowe, Brammall, Morrison, Adams and Jutkiewitz coming in. A tough assignment after a solid draw away in the first tie, it was a cold Tuesday night replay to try and crack the premier league nut of Huddersfield.
The visitors started the game much better, passing the ball round the championship side like nobody’s business, but Blues battled on as they do and defended everything Huddersfield threw at them. Chances came from Scott Malone from the left hand side, with Tom Ince looking to break forward time after time. Phillip Billing was an instrumental part of the Town team with the passes he made and the way he collected the ball from defenders. Blues literally had none of the ball in the first half, and when they did it went astray and Huddersfield won it back and continued to pile the pressure on. There weren’t many chances from either side, not even the visitors.
Second half, Jota was subbed on and the message was clear, go for it… And that is exactly what we did!
The tables turned, Birmingham we’re much the better side in the second half with runs down the left from Brammall and the right by Jota, some balls were floated into Jutkiewitz but most were going to Che Adams through the middle.
The performance was backed up by a goal from Che Adams in the 52nd minute, a drop down from Jutkiewitz and on the half turn he put it past Lossl with a stunning strike. Huddersfield did look down an out for a bit, they did not offer anything in the second 45 which is why Blues were so dominant. However, they turned up a notch when it mattered and an equaliser with Marc Roberts scoring an own goal to put the away side right back where they needed to be. It ended one a piece, which meant the fans had to endure another half an hour of football in the blistering cold weather.
Huddersfield Town began the first period of extra time with a bang, a goal scored by Steve Mounie who scored the only Town goal in the first game, making it 1-2 to David Wagner’s side. Moments later, they doubled their lead and pretty much sent the blues packing; this one scored by Rajiv Van La Parra. Blues took the foot off the gas and saw out the game in walking pace, they knew the weren’t going to score three extra time goals to have a crack at Manchester United in round 5; that pleasure is now Huddersfield’s.
RWB Jenkinson , RCB Morrison , CB Dean , LCB Roberts , LWB Brammall
RCM Lowe , CM N’doye , LCM Gardner
RS Adams , LS Jutkiewitz
RB Smith , CB Zanka , CB Kongolo , LB Malone
RM Sabiri , CM Billing , CM Mooy , LM Ince
RS Quaner , LS Mounie
van La Parra
Possession – Blues: 39% , Huddersfield: 61%
Shots – Blues: 11 , Huddersfield: 26
Shots on target – Blues: 4 , Huddersfield: 13
Corners – Blues: 6 , Huddersfield: 9
Fouls committed: Blues: 9 , Huddersfield: 9