Birmingham 3 West Ham 1 (4-3)
For much of the first half, like most of the first leg, there was only one team in this game. Both teams probably shared the territory and possession of the ball but only West Ham really looked like scoring.
For West Ham, Cole and Hines both had early chances that both the strikers would probably feel they should have done better with. After half an hour of the game gone all West Ham really had to worry about was that they had not extended their lead and so, despite their dominance of the goal scoring chances, the game was still evenly poised.
However in the 32nd minute Cole scored a beautiful goal from distance that curled around Foster and landed sweetly in the back of the net. Six minutes later, Hines, with his back to goal, 10 yards out, managed to audaciously hook the ball goalwards, only to see the ball clip the post as it went wide.
At the other end Birmingham managed to get the ball on target from a freekick, which Green managed to easily gather. But that was a rare effort from Birmingham and West Ham went into half-time with the tie seemingly sewn up.
Birmingham brought on the man-freak Zigic for the second half, so it was fairly obvious that West Ham were going to face an aerial bombardment. The tactic worked brilliantly for Birmingham. In the 53rd minute Zigic chested the ball down for Gardner, whose shot from the edge of the box hit the bottom of the post and rolled across the goal-line and wide.
In the 58th minute Bridge clearly handballed in the area but the ref gave a corner. From the corner Bowyer reacted first to the second ball and fired home from 10 yards.
Most of the second half continued to be one way traffic and Birmingham got the seemingly inevitable equaliser (over the two games) when Johnson headed a corner in from 7 yards. With seconds left in the half Gardner hit the post from 25 yards. That miss ensured the game went to extra time.
Four minutes into extra time Gardner got another chance from exactly the same spot and this time, despite Green getting a hand to the ball, he got a goal.
After Birmingham's goal West Ham huffed and puffed a bit and Noble and Parker both had efforts on goal, which didn't trouble Foster unduly. Birmingham therefore strolled through the first period of extra time without much trouble.
In the second period of extra time Parker had a tame effort on goal which flew wide. West Ham's best chance was a Cole hooked shot from 6 yards which was saved by Foster.
So again West Ham demonstrated that they are incapable of holding onto a lead. West Ham probably played the better football over the two legs. The major difference between the two side was that when Birmingham went behind they seemed able to lift themselves and get back into the game, whereas the one time West Ham went behind in the tie they never really looked like they could get back on even terms.