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MATCH REPORT ~ Fulham win at Birmingham ~ Carabao Cup RND02 21/22

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Match Report

Birmingham City (0) 0-2 (1) Fulham

Carabao Cup Round Two 2021 at St. Andrews

Tuesday 24th August 2021    KO: 19:45

Referee: Sam Barrott (West Riding)

Fulham Striker Jay Stansfield
Fulham Striker
Jay Stansfield
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Fulham secured their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup after Jay Stansfield’s stunning first senior goal and Antonee Robinson’s late strike downed Birmingham at St. Andrew’s.

Macro Silva made full use of his entire squad and made wholesale changes from the win over Hull.

The notable changes being a first-team debut for young midfielder Adrion Pajaziti and Jay Stansfield led the line up front.

Fulham’s early possession was penetrative and purposeful. The young duo at the base of midfield in Pajaziti and Tyrese Francois looked composed.

Birmingham looked timid up until the quarter of an hour mark.

Former Fulham man Jordan Graham whipped in a lovely cross for the outstretched Riley McGree. Marek Rodák was relieved to see the ball clear the top of the bar.

Fulham defender Antonee Robinson
Fulham defender
Antonee Robinson
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With both teams making numerous changes, both sides were lacking the final sharp pass. That all changed when Stansfield drove at the heart of the Birmingham defence and slammed a precise drive into the top corner.

A brilliant way for the 18-year-old to grab his first senior goal.

Ivan Sunjic was one of the only Blues players to keep his place from their previous league game and he had Rodák scrambling just before the break. The Slovakian looked confident the ball would clear his post on the dive.

The boys asserted control of the game leading up to the interval and stamped their identity on it.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid let a lofted pass run across his body and skewed over the bar in what was a good chance before the break.

A solid spell of possession incurred from the lads as we hit the hour mark.

Match Stats Birmingham Fulham
Goals (0) 0 2 (1)
Scorers - Stansfield 26
Scorers - Robinson 90+2
Goal attempts 2 17
On target 0 5
Shooting Accuracy 0% 29%
Possession 39% 71%
Passes Success 70% 83%
Corners 1 3
Tackles Success 43% 62%
Saves 3 0
Fouls 8 8
Offsides 4 1
Yellows 0 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Alfie Mawson and Michael Hector were stepping out of defence to good effect.

De Cordova-Reid then received a Neeskens Kebano cut-back which flew off the outside of his boot and wide.

Whilst Fulham looked the likelier, Neil Etheridge hadn’t been tested to his maximum. He had to be on 70 minutes as Kebano weaved at his man and drove for the corner. The former Fulham stopper reacted well to push over the bar.

Ivan Cavaleiro was introduced on the left side in the place of the tricky Kebano to add a boost of pace. Stansfield was feeling the effects of his hard work and needed to be replaced by Antonee Robinson who slotted in at left-back.

De Cordova-Reid found a late burst of energy into 90 minutes as he darted in-field and struck the base of the post. Antonee Robinson then did what De Cordova-Reid couldn’t. He found the same corner in emphatic style in stoppage time to secure the win.

Fulham march on into the next round.

Birmingham City: Etheridge, Sanderson (Chang 73), Roberts, Friend, Familia-Castillo, Oakley, McGree, Sunjic (Lakin 61), Leko, Aneke (Simmonds 62), Graham

Unused substitutes: Walker, Trueman, Bellingham

Fulham: Rodak, Mawson, Hector, Odoi, Francois, Pajaziti, Bryan, Knockaert, Stansfield (Robinson 86), Kebano (Ivan Cavaleiro 73), De Cordova-Reid (Onomah 93)

Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Mitrovic, Seri, Adarabioyo,

Stansfield 26 (right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.)
Robinson090+2 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.)

Booked: Bryan (50,f), Hector (56,f),

Referee: Sam Barrott (West Riding)

Attendance: 4783

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