Carling Cup Snapshot: Koscielny Pulls Out Early, Gifts Birmingham The Trophy

Chris Wright

28th, February 2011


By Chris Wright

Guy Mowbray: ‘There must have been some kind of lapse in communication…”

Mark Lawrenson: ‘They’re both Polish’

First of all, what a truly fantastic game of football!

For a match that could have very easily strayed into the realms of tedious caution considering the historically-weighted prize at stake, both Arsenal and Birmingham played at a lung-shrivelling tempo throughout in a tie that had a peppering of just about everything goals, endeavour, barely-concealed aggression, brimming temper, stymied players soldiering on through the pain barrier and of course, a horrendously monumental cock-up to cap it all off nicely.

With the scores level at 1-1 and with just 1 minute and 49 seconds of normal-time left to play, Ben Foster’s arcing salvo was glanced on by Nikola Zigic and with

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