Man City, Birmingham out of League Cup

Premier League sides Birmingham City and Manchester City make an early exit Tuesday from the third-round of England's League Cup.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Premier League sides Birmingham City and Manchester City made an early exit Tuesday from the third-round of England's League Cup. First-division Preston defeated Birmingham City 2-0 with City playing with only 10 men from the 28th minute. Man City went down 1-0 at second-division Wigan, an embarrassing loss for City with its derby against Manchester United looming on Saturday. Manchester United, with David Beckham scoring the winner on a late penalty, advanced over first-division Leicester 2-0. In the night's other League Cup game, Rotherham won 3-1 at fellow first-division side Wimbledon before only 664 fans. A week ago Wimbledon played the same Rotherham side at Selhurst Park and drew only 849 fans - the smallest crowd ever at a first-division game. The lack of support stems from the controversial decision in May to allow Wimbledon to relocate to Milton Keynes, 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of its London base. Fans are vehemently against the idea and are boycotting games. Wimbledon took a 1-0 lead on Patrick Agyemang's 35th minute goal, but Andy Monkhouse (51st), Richard Barker (75th) and Alan Lee (85th) rallied Rotherham for the victory. Birmingham City had Geoff Horsfield send off on a red card in the 28th and never recovered against first-division Preston. Ricardo Fuller gave Preston a 1-0 lead in the 59th and American international Eddie Lewis, who set up the first goal, got the clincher in the 80th minute to the delight of former Scotland coach Craig Brown, who now coaches Preston. Beckham, with 10 minutes left in the match, scored on a penalty to oust first-division Leicester. Beckham started the match despite a threat over the weekend to kidnap his wife and two young sons. Kieran Richardson made it 2-0 for Man United in injury time. Neil Roberts got the winner for second-division Wigan in the 35th for the 1-0 win over Man City. A near-record crowd of 15,007 attended the match with a few ugly scenes afterward as Wigan fans poured on to the pitch, some taunting Man City fans.