Birmingham managed to avoid a potential banana skin in the third round of the Carling Cup as they saw off League One MK Dons with a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Despite what looked like a heavy score line, Karl Robinson’s men headed back to Milton Keynes with their heads held high after a spirited performance against a team two divisions higher than them.
The Dons were by no means embarrassed, and although for large spells the game looked fairly even, in the end all three of the Blues’ goals came inside a superb four minute scoring spree.
Alexander Hleb, Nikola Zigic and Craig Gardner got the goals, effectively killing the game off by the half hour mark. Aaron Wilbraham pulled one back for the Dons with ten minutes to go, but it proved to be too little too late.
Maik Taylor played consistently all night in the Birmingham goal, but there was nothing he could do as the Dons delighted their 1,164 travelling supporters with a consolation after 80 minutes, with Wilbraham producing a cool finish from Ibehre’s pass.
The visiting fans can be proud of the Dons, who played well but on the night learned some harsh lessons about the quality of finishing in the Premier League. MK will now concentrate on their league form, as they sit in the play-off positions.
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