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GAMEDAY: FA Cup Round Three

Birmingham City take a break from league action as they face Bournemouth today in the third round of the FA Cup.


Eddie Howe will rotate his squad for this game but will be without Simon Francis who had his appeal against the red card he picked up against Leicester and new signing Juan Iturbe whose work permit has not yet been processed.

The Cherries haven’t won in four in the Premier League with their last win coming against WBA at the Hawthorns on December 19.


Gary Rowett is also likely to rotate his squad with the only unavailable player being Koby Arthur. James Vaughan re-signed prior to the midday deadline to be available and could start in place of Clayton Donaldson; David Cotterill could make his first start for a couple of months after injury and Adam Legzdins is likely to play in goal as he did in the League Cup.


Michael Jones will take charge of this game, having been in the middle for 18 previous matches this season. In those games he has shown 64 yellow cards and one red. His last Blues game was another FA Cup game – the 3-2 away win over Blyth Spartans last season.

Suspension Watch

8 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
5 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Stephen Gleeson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill and Jon Toral
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Paul Robinson, James Vaughan and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Clayton Donaldson, Andy Shinnie, and Shane Lowry.

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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89 Responses to “GAMEDAY: FA Cup Round Three”

  • Dave Mann says:

    Looking forward to the game with no pressure on us what so ever after there last visit to stans… Let’s give them a game and I’ve a sneaky feeling we might see Vaughan get of the mark now he’s here for the rest of the season and beyond hopefully , Don’t really want a replay but if that what it takes then so be it , one thing for sure it won’t be 0-8 will it ? :-/ kro

  • nicko says:

    yes i agree Dave it wont be 0 8 i know the lads want revenge i also think Vaughan will get off the mark i am looking forward to it kro

  • Pods says:

    Yes, really looking forward to todays game. This is a great opportunity to see how far we have progressed since “That” result, all be it both sides will make changes to give some valuable game time for players who have not featured of late.
    I would like to see a goalkeeper change and James Vaughan to play alongside Clinton in a 4 4 2 formation.
    2- 1 to Blues


  • Stephen says:

    I see that Gary Gardner has re-signed for Forest until the end of the season. So Tesche might become available hopefully.

    • Mitchell says:

      Be careful what we wish for here Stephen. Tesche has had bad injury and Forest fans not keen on him. Injuries like his are career setbacks sadly.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Bournemouth are a team that like to play slow build up, possession football, in contrast to Blues’ counter attacking style.
    I expect the Cherries to see plenty of the ball, but Blues need to be patient and take their chances when they occur.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    If we can keep that back door locked up tight, who knows what we can achieve. Even if we do lose, keeping the score down to a minimum will be a moral victory for us and will give everyone a huge lift as we aim for that top 6.

    The only prediction I would make, is that it’s unlikely to be a 0-0.

    • steve says:

      Keeping the score down will be a moral victory ? The only victory that will do is to win the game and I think we can. Anything else is not a victory. You make us sound small time staffs.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        That’s your interpretation, not mine.

        • Tony says:

          What have we come to when our ambition is too avoid losing by too much against Bournemouth for Christ sake

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Today’s game is a yardstick. That’s my interpretation, nothing more.

          • steve says:

            Doesn’t matter what happened last season. There is no moral victory in any defeat whatsoever.

          • mark says:

            by team who was offering 5 million for a player which we turned down, now is now going for possibly 3.75….team that in the premiership not us…….a team that has a very good manager in howe…and the list could go on……and thrashed us 8-0…..let us talk about ambition?/

          • steve says:

            Look at the facts about Bournemouth bid for gray . 1 mill up front and the rest over so many years. After all this time mark I still don’t know what you are on about.

  • Dave Mann says:

    They certainly won’t come and put ten men behind the ball and we should have chances on the break so an entertaining game is a cert I think … Prediction ???? .. 2-2 . Kro

  • Andrew says:

    Blues loss 1-2

  • Dave Mann says:

    That would be a massive improvement . Kro

  • mark says:

    as i ear marked earlier both teams to score possible outcome draw…………..

  • mark says:

    i believe battle will be between the to managers who gets it right on the pitch, who’s got the tactical nous………..

  • Dave Mann says:

    Two excellent young English managers . Kro

  • KC says:

    And accept for Arthur being injured we have got about 2 dozen players to select from.

  • Zimblue says:

    “‘why not try The Don and Vaughan up front together?” I think that is certainly something that Rowett should try today.

    “Rowett won’t play 4-4-2 , it’s not in his DNA ” I think that he will try something different today.
    If not 4-4-2, then try 4-1-3-2. Is that an option?

    Howe’s situation is different to that of Rowett’s because he has pressure on him to not drop any lower in the P/L, so a loss today, for him, is not a train-smash.
    Rowett, on the other hand, is sitting very comfortably just off the play-offs and would fancy the challenge of a good cup run. Therefore, imho, Rowett will be determined to go for a win.

    I predict a Blues goal just before half time and another late on. 2-0.

  • Dave Mann says:

    As I said he won’t play 4-4-2 . Kro

    • steve says:

      You’re right Dave he won’t. Hope he starts with vaughan. Donaldson needs some competition.

    • Andrew says:

      every time toral plays its virtually 442! Toral pushes up as a second striker dont see him anywhere near the defence. Watch their positions when they take a goal kick. This talk about formations is nonsense, its down to the players as individuals and as a team collective to gel not the position they take up.

  • Swedish Bluenose says:

    What has happened to Koby Arthur? I thought he would be a first-team player by now, but I haven’t found any information about his status.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Legzdins, Eardley, Spector, Cotterill, Davis and Vaughan in. Kuszczak, Gleeson, Maghoma, Toral and Donaldson on the bench.

  • rhees says:

    Listen I’m not interested in cup run fellows we’ve a chance at play offs no distractions concentrate on that. Not being kill joy we havnt strong squad for both

  • Where the badge with pride blues, kro

  • Blues 1shot on target to the cherries 5 on target , that is asking for trouble , 1/2 hour to go

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    We are nicely poised for an improbable tilt at the playoffs and have one of our smallest squads for a long time.Cup runs are great but given our situation at the moment I’m not that overly bothered we’re out tbh.

    • steve says:

      I wondered who would be the first one to say that. Losing any game bothers me. A good cup run breeds confidence and a win today would have given us a great boost. The europa league run didn’t affect us,and if it wasn’t for what now seems like match fixing,we could have gone further. If a player comes out and says ” I,’m not too bothered we got knocked out today,we can concentrate on the league” we’d all be up in arms. Well i feel the same about fans that say it. I’m gutted we’re out. I pay my money and i want us to win every game we play.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Forest on Tuesday is a far more important fixture to our season and our manager also thinks so if you look at his team selection.

      • Jimbob says:

        I do sort of agree with you Steve that I never go in to a game hoping we lose but I do feel the Europa league explots did effect us on the final run-in as we ran out of steam going into the playoffs.
        Plus who knows without the Europa league we might have got top two that season.!
        Wouldn’t change the cup win or european adventure for the world thou

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Cracking performance by the lads today. Heads held high. But we’re in desperate need of a goalscorer. Over to you Mr Rowett.

  • Messi scores about every third shot at goal on target , we had 2 shots on target in the match and scored 1 goal we did well , Bournemouth had 6 shots on target and scored 2 goals they did well , Bournemouth had 14 shots at goal blues 7 , Bournemouths manager a while back realised that the more shots at goal you have the more shots on target you can get, and the more shots on target you get the more goals you will score , and on occasion you get lucky and most of your shots on target go in , as many as 8 ,…..blues aim must be to follow this reasoning to succeed , kro and as messi will tell you penalties count in this reckoning , as the more you attack in a penalty area the more chance is that you will be brought down , simples ,kro

  • RichardM says:

    Can’t understand the team selection, the FA Cup still matters, to me at least. It’s been 40 bloody years since we even made the semis, and I’m sure that hurts a lot of bluenoses. I want to see another one before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Second year running we field an under-strength side against Premier oppositon at home, who were there for the taking. Dissapointing crowd of 13K is hardly a surprise given that contempt GR shows the competition. I know they played well on the day, and that we’ve as much chance of winning it as I have the lottery tonight, but that’s not the point.

    I think we would have won with a full strength team ,and we never will win it or even get close to the semis treating it in this manner. I know many will disagree, and say Tuesday at Forest is more important, and maybe they’re right – but we better bloody well get 3 points on Tuesday to compensate.

    Sorry, rant over……

  • Womble Joe says:

    Fully agree

  • Like many of us blues fans you are passionate Richard m , and you want the best for the club , GR is a good manager , but no manager can predict how a player is going to perform , but it is obvious that we need more goalscorers in the squad and have done for years , but were getting there .kro.

  • Matt B says:

    I really enjoyed the game today, I thought Davies played really well, I also thought Shinne played really well in patches, reminds me maybe not in style but of Bryan Hughes, plays better against good teams. I also thought Vaughan played well, his passion, hold up play was really good. Loved how gutted he was at the end, goals will come I can tell. KRO.

  • KC says:

    Tremendous effort, missed chances says Mr Rowett and I think he is absolutely right. Feel for Vaughan and do not want to pick him out. He is working his socks off but he really needs to put a few away soon for his own sanity. Selection changing about half the team from the last game didn’t seem to weaken the team that much. We started strong ,lost it for a while and came back strong in the second half. I agree with the comments that the cup is extremely important and losing any game bothers me me and spoils my Saturday night.
    Look forward to seeing what GR can achieve in the market. Will it be a genuine goalscorer, creativity in midfield or solid defender. Or all 3. Or indeed a wide man, but is this a priority?
    Worrying that Wolves and one or two others seem to be building up a kitty through transferring out and with others having their rich sugar daddies we may well be in a position where we are even less likely to compete although I suppose we were never in that position in the first place. Crazy to see Bristol City quoted as being in the frame to sign Clough.

  • Tony says:

    I like Vaughan I really do, his speed , movement and positional sense all add to the team However he is not the goal scorer we need.
    He could and should have had a hat trick today. , he has never been prolific ratio of 1 in four we need more than that.
    If that’s true Bristol are in the frame to sign Clough then where does that leave us? We cant even compete with them, not just them Huddersfield, Rotherham, Barnsley they have all been active in the window but not us.
    Quickly coming to the conclusion that there is in fact no money to spend its all just bullshit,if that’s the case then that’s me out,t I’m tired of bring misled and lied to there is no other way of putting it.
    Also alarmed that some on here are so easily pleased, talk about keeping the score down against a small seaside town club, we are Birmingham City FC not some tiny backwater club without tradition.

    • Dan H says:

      I bet your Cat gets a good kicking eh Tony?

      Give Rowett a chance to finish the transfer window and strengthen the squad before you reach for the razor blades.

      A great performance today, if you don’t take your chances you’re at risk of losing any game and that was one of the best losing performances i’ve seen

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      Bristol City have got money to waste as per the summer.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Small seaside town club who spent £11m on one player yesterday.

    • Dave S says:

      Tony Hi

      What have Barnsley got to do with it, they’re in division 1 surely? !!! :)


    • almajir says:


      It’s January 10. There are three weeks to go in the window. Let’s at least see what happens in the next week before throwing our toys out of the pram?

  • Matt B says:

    What tradition…. Bournemouth and Bristol are being Bank rolled were not, simples. I think if we can get a left back in and a central defender will be ok. Did hear today though that Gary Gardner is going to sign on loan bext week, thought he was Forest bound

  • KC says:

    That might be difficult as Gardner is already at Forest and played alongside Tesche today.

  • Bluebalders says:

    Thought it was a really strong performance today, and could easily have won the game. Some superb individual performances – easily the best game I’ve seen Shinnie have. Only dodgy ones were Grounds, and, I’m sorry to say, our keeper – looked iffy all day. Loads of positives to take from the game though, and, especially considering we lost, the most I’ve enjoyed a game of football for a long time. Thoroughly entertainingly stuff, and a performance that we can take a lot of pride in.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Best game in a Blues shirt for Davis and Shinnie but still not good enough for me to warrant the first XI. I would be worried if Kuszczak got injured. Spector looked poor throughout. Lowry looks a better centre back than left back.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      I thought Spector did well especially when he moved to right back. One big issue is Eardley whose inability to get more than half way through a game is becoming a problem. Shame Caddis wasn’t on the bench though because we would probably be through now. Give me three points at Forest any day though,

  • Dave Mann says:

    I go along with what everyone else is saying , a very strong determined performance from a Blues side with many changes yet performed admirably , a missed penalty which I had no problems with Vaughan taking and hitting the post twice , a replay like last year against the baggies was the least we deserved and the changes our manager made I have no problems with … My only gripe is the crowd , very dissapointing though I do appreciate its early January and we’ve just got over Xmas but still not good enough , Bournemouth to there credit brought a good crowd and there a good team with a very good young manager , best of luck to them for the rest of the season but Ime more than happy with our performance also and with our first team players to come back it’s looks good for a playoff push on what I saw yesterday , good game and roll on the Clough teams next week where 4 points will do for me and more than getable on that showing . :-) kro

    • Mitchell says:

      These two games Dave will have given GR much thought. We are as a team known very well by all managers now and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a different formation. I know you feel GR will not shift from his set up-but craft comes into it now and to change it could be a necessity. What I can see if we continue what has gone on before is a struggling Donaldson plodding a lone track with heavy pitches etc.resulting in little opposition threat. However Maghoma And Buckley could and should change our forward push entirely. Also Cotts and VSO on the bench very tasty.

    • RichardM says:

      That’s one of my points though Dave – how can you expect casual supporters to get fired up and come to the game when they know he’s going to play a weakened team?

      • Dave Mann says:

        If he had played our strongest team RichardM it would have made no difference what so ever to the attendance and I think we all know that really . Kro

        • RichardM says:

          Sorry mate, disagree with you on that point.

          • Dave Mann says:

            You can disagree all you like and that’s your parogative but the fact that it was Bournemouth and a cup game is the reason for the low crowd and not the team named , sorry mate but I also disagree with you . :-) kro

  • Dave Mann says:

    Gaby Roslin, Mark Lawrenson on Match of the day say it was a missed opportunity for Blues because Bournemouth made 11 changes , for the record Darling and that scouse git we made 7 changes but ofcourse they forgot to mention that as usual , stupid London based pompous geeks , sorry for my rant but it’s all so one dimentional it annoys me , Fumming !!! Kro

  • Kingstanding Maximums says:

    Second week of January and still no signings. It will be a mad last 3-4 day rush for new players, and then a load of excuses.

  • We need to sign tom Bradshaw as well , Vaughan will be OK but we need tom as well as having plenty of strikers gives you consistency, security and also the best chance of success , kro

    • Mitchell says:

      Still a concern that no matter how many strikers we sign-playing Don.as lone man results in bench men majority of the time.Then we never know what they might have achieved as they get frustrated and leave like Thomas,Novak,Johnstone etc. IMO this is the time to play two proper men up front and not be so concerned about the midfield formations. Have a damned good go this second half of the season.GR won’t get my criticism if it’s not that successful.Half our strikers we haven’t really seen.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Gary / Panos won’t pay over the odds for players. Let others waste their money.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That, I really do agree with. Don’t waste good money on players who aren’t going to improve us drastcally.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    I don’t believe Gary will acquire another centre half. We need cover for Morrison and Robinson but he’ll use Spector first then Lowry

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Who ever the new left back is its being kept close the chest

  • Don’t like to put the mokka on everything but normally teams that get promotion score 80goals or more , that means blues would have to score 50 goals in 21games so is playing one striker the way to go as now we are a better side but still are short of goals ..kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      For me, that’s our biggest drawback. Lack of goals. We can complain about the odd cock up in defence, but we’ve only conceded more than two goals once this season (Sheff Wed.) Overall, you have to expect a team to concede at least once in a game. That’s not a problem if you can score two a game.. which in all honesty, with the chances we create, shouldn’t be beyond us.

      Donaldson, Vaughan and Brock are good at what they do, but they’re never going to score 18-20 goals a season. We need to buy goals, somehow.

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