Premier League Cup

Comeback keeps Birmingham hopes alive

13 Feb 2018

Blues beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in final group match but qualification chances depend on other results

Birmingham City scored two second-half goals to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Nuneaton in their final group match and keep their hopes of progress to the last 16 alive. 

Tyrone O'Neill gave Boro a 16th-minute lead they took into the break.

Birmingham had the chance to level shortly after half-time but Kyle McFarlane cracked a penalty against the bar.

He atoned by levelling on 55 minutes and Ollie McCoy hit the winner in six minutes later.

The result leaves Birmingham second in Group A on nine points, three behind Derby County, with two teams going into the knockout stages.

But bottom-placed Middlesbrough or Nottingham Forest could still overtake them from their matches in hand.

See: Middlesbrough report

Next fixture

Middlesbrough: 18 Feb v Reading (A) PL2

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