Kevin Long completes Birmingham comeback in FA Cup win at Forest Green

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2023 by PA

Kevin Long completes Birmingham comeback in FA Cup win at Forest Green

Birmingham produced a second-half comeback to avoid an FA third-round upset with a 2-1 win at Forest Green.

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Kevin Long sent Championship side Birmingham through despite a scare from League One’s bottom club.

A Ben Stevenson stunner after seven minutes put Rovers in front but Blues fought back to reach the fourth round.

Forest Green’s early pressure was rewarded when a short-corner routine was worked neatly to Stevenson and he planted a fine curling effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

Visiting captain Jutkiewicz gave Rovers goalkeeper Lewis Thomas no chance soon after the break when he fired a low effort from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

Neil Etheridge produced an incredible double save at the other end to deny a spectacular Regan Hendry strike and a Matt Stevens follow-up to keep the scoreline level.

But Tahith Chong’s corner fell kindly for Long who side-footed home to complete the comeback after 65 minutes.

The win sets up a clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park.


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