Birmingham beats Wolves 1-0 in FA Cup 3rd round
Updated: January 18, 2012, 18:37
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LONDON(AP) Birmingham knocked local rival Wolverhampton Wanderers out of the FA Cup on Wednesday after midfielder Wade Elliott scored a second-half winner for a 1-0 victory against the Premier League team in a third-round replay.
Elliott initially hit the post from a corner but poked in the rebound in the 74th after a follow-up effort had been blocked as well. The victory means the League Championship club will visit Sheffield United in the next round, and gave Birmingham a measure of revenge after being relegated from the Premier League last season when a loss in the final round allowed Wolves to stay up.
In Wednesday's other match, Brighton needed a penalty shootout to beat non-league Wrexham and set up a lucrative home match against Newcastle.
Birmingham had the better chances throughout and showed no signs of being intimidated by the topflight club, passing the ball around in confident fashion in the early stages.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had the first shot on goal for Wolves but Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle was not extended by his low drive.
Birmingham striker Adam Rooney had a good chance after 33 minutes, when a mistake by Wolves skipper Christophe Berra left him with a clear run at goal, but leftback George Elokobi managed to get back and challenge Rooney as he prepared to shoot inside the box.
Blues enjoyed a spell of possession and again threatened to break the deadlock three minutes before the interval.
Jordon Mutch's inswinging free kick picked out Curtis Davies, whose glancing header forced a fine save from Dorus de Vries away to his left.
However, Elliott made the game's decisive breakthrough with 17 minutes left.
Brighton won the penalty shootout 5-4 after being held 1-1 through extra time.
Wrexham threatened to pull off a big surprise against the Championship club when player-manager Andy Morrell scored with a stunning strike midway through the first half.
But despite continuing to create chances, the hosts could not find a second goal and Gus Poyet's side equalized in the 77th minute through Ashley Barnes to force extra time.
After a scoreless extra 30 minutes, substitute Dean Keates' opening penalty was saved by Peter Brezovan, with the Seagulls netting all of their penalties to secure the win.