JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, January 19, 2012
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City posted an impressive away win against Wolves to advance in the FA Cup, while Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest crashed with a loss to Leicester City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 1 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in an FA Cup replay game, putting them in the fourth round of the tournament.
Spector started and went the distance at right back for the Blues.
The American defender was close to scoring for City just before half time, when his drive from just outside the box went just wide of the goal.
It was in the 74th minute though that the Blues finally got on the board. Wade Elliot pounced on a rebound and shot home giving Birmingham the lead.
City play Watford this weekend in league play and will take on Sheffield United in the next round of FA Cup action at the end of the month.
Leicester City 4 - 0 Nottingham Forest
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest were ousted from the FA Cup with a tough loss to Leicester City this midweek.
The American forward started and went the distance for his first 90-minute shift since September.
Nottingham's day started out poorly when George Boateng scored on his own goal after a scramble in front of ‘keeper Lee Camp's net.
Jermaine Beckford then made it a day to remember for him and Leicester, as he scored a hat trick. His three goals made the game 4-0 and emphatically sent City to the next round of the FA Cup.
Forest was not devoid of opportunities though. In the first half, Findley received a deflected cross just two yards from goal, but his volley completely missed the face of the back of the net.
Andy Reid received the only yellow card of the game for Forest.
Forest travel to London to play West Ham this weekend.