Birmingham's Capital One Cup tie with Yeovil was mired in controversy on Tuesday evening, after Blue's boss Lee Clark accused Yeovil of unsporting behaviour.
Birmingham City were on their way to recording an impressive away win at Huish Park, until events took a bizarre turn in stoppage time. Leading 2-1 with seconds to go, Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle kicked the ball out of play to allow defender Dan Burn to receive treatment.
With Burn just getting to his feet, Yeovil quickly took a throw in and, instead of giving the ball back to Birmingham, Byron Webster proceeded to chip Colin Doyle to make the score 2-2. Despite the furious reaction of Birmingham's players, the game was sent into extra time.
The drama wasn't over yet though and after Luke Ayling put the Glovers ahead in extra time, manager Gary Johnson ordered his team to allow Lee Novak to run from the halfway line unopposed; Novak obliged and tied the game at 3-3. Birmingham held their nerve to win the penalty shootout that followed to book their place in round three.
Johnson took time after the game to justify his decision to allow Birmingham to equalise. "I apologised to Lee Clark at half time in extra time because, on reflection, it was ungentlemanly".
He added: "It's happened to us for the last three games. I had this gremlin in my head that said play on, but I didn't expect the series of events to follow. I apologise to the Birmingham fans, staff and players, but this kind of thing is happening too often at the minute."
Despite eventually winning the tie Birmingham boss Lee Clark was left fuming at the final whistle. "I might be wrong but my parents made me grow up to be a good sportsman, win, lose or draw, I'm going to go down the right channels to complain; something has got to be done. It's always easy to give a goal back when you're leading. We were winning going into injury time."
It is hard not to sympathise with Clark's situation, as his players were forced to play an extra 30 minutes in what is an already busy Championship season; Birmingham face Ipswich this weekend.
Birmingham will find out who their third round opponents are tonight with the draw taking place following Newcastle's visit to Morecambe.
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