Apr 8, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
BirminghamBirmingham City
Graham (29'), Butterfield (31'), Tomlin (89')
Omeruo (45'), Gibson (81'), Tomlin (90')
Omeruo (82'), Gibson (87')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Huws (37')
Reilly (56'), Robinson (64')

Result: Nine-man Middlesbrough edge out Birmingham City

Middlesbrough hold on with nine men to defeat Birmingham City 3-1.

Middlesbrough saw off Birmingham City 3-1 in the Championship this evening, despite having two players sent off in the second half.

Boro fired an early warning shot through Nathaniel Chalobah, who forced an impressive save out of visiting keeper Darren Randolph from outside the penalty area.

The Blues came close at the other end in the seventh minute as Paul Caddis's ambitious long-range strike tested Boro stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

The home side took the lead in the 29th minute when Danny Graham bundled home from close range following a corner, and it took Boro little more than a minute to double their advantage.

Jacob Butterfield drilled home Jozsef Varga's cross moments after the restart to give the hosts a two-goal cushion, but there was more drama to come before half time.

Emyr Huws found the net for Birmingham in the 37th minute, putting away Chris Burke's cross from almost 30 yards out to give his side a lifeline at the interval.

Middlesbrough were on top for much of the second period, forcing numerous saves out of Randolph, who did well to deny Jorge Ledesma at point-blank range in the 73rd minute.

They killed the contest off courtesy of a late strike from Lee Tomlin, but the match ended on a sour note for them as Kenneth Omeruo and Ben Gibson were given their marching order after picking up two yellow cards each.

Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz in action against Accrington Stanley during their League Cup first round match on August 6, 2013
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