Cape Town - Huddersfield needed extra-time to eventually see off Birmingham 4-1 in their FA Cup fourth round replay at St. Andrew's on Tuesday.
Che Adams put Birmingham into the lead at home but an unfortunate
own-goal from Marc Roberts levelled the score to take the game into
But it was all Huddersfield from then on in, with Steve Mounie, Rajiv
van La Parra and Tom Ince handing the Terriers a respectable scoreline
and a passage to the fifth round where they will face Manchester United.
Huddersfield were quickly out of the blocks with Collin Quaner seeing
his shot saved before Scott Malone hit wide from the rebound.
Michael Morrison was just off target with a header moments later as
he connected to a Craig Gardner delivery, ahead of a flurry of corners
for the home side that Huddersfield dealt with comfortably.David Stockdale then was grateful to collect at the feet of Steve
Mounie at the back post as he tried to connect to a Quaner cross from
the right-hand side.
And after Lukas Jutkiewicz hit over for the Blues on 30 minutes with a
left footed drive from outside the box, Malone fired just wide when he
had time to set himself with the half winding down.
Birmingham would have been happy to go into the half-time break on
level terms, but were rejoicing with 53 minutes played when Adams fired
the home side into the lead.
Lukas Jutkiewicz did well to head the ball into Adam's path where he rolled it past Jonas Lossl.
The celebrations were short-lived though as Huddersfield responded by
forcing an own-goal from Roberts, with the ball bouncing off the
defender after Stockdale had saved from Ince on the edge of the box.
The home side could have been ahead again but were denied off the goal-line by Mathias Jorgensen as Adams got in behind the defence and
fired in, while Gardner fired the rebound wide.
But with the unwanted prospect of penalties on the horizon, the Premier
League side found some clinical finishing late on as Mounie first headed
home a Malone cross at the far post before Van La Parra followed up an
Ince effort that was palmed into his path.
Ince then sealed the tie with his 106th minute goal 30 seconds after
the restart, while he may have had another with the final kick of the
game that he fired wide as Huddersfield ended deserved winners and
Birmingham chasing shadows.