Yeovil Town allowed Birmingham City to literally walk the ball into the net for an equaliser during a fraught Capital One Cup second-round tie.

Blues manager Lee Clark intends to make a complaint against the Glovers' poor sportsmanship, after Bryan Webster's equaliser made it 2-2 in injury time.

Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle had kicked the ball out of play following an injury to Blues defender Dan Burn, but Webster lobbed the stopper instead of returning the ball.

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Birmingham City's Chris Burke (centre) leads the protests after Yeovil equalise


Having gone ahead in extra-time through Luke Ayling, Yeovil then immediately allowed Lee Novak to equalise unchallenged to make it 3-3. But Clark was still left incensed despite Birmingham's 3-2 win on penalties.

He said: "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. I think something has got to be done.

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    Birmingham manager Lee Clark has words with the referee

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    Birmingham players kick off after Yeovil equalise

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    Yeovil Town's Luke Ayling celebrates his goal against Birmingham

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    Birmingham City's Chris Burke (centre) leads the protests after Yeovil equalise

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    Birmingham City players including Dan Burns (left) celebrate winning the penalty shootout

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    Birmingham manager Lee Clark during the extra time break

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    Birmingham City players celebrate winning the penalty shootout

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    Yeovil Town's Luke Ayling celebrates his goal against Birmingham with teammates

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    Birmingham City players celebrate winning the penalty shootout

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    Yeovil Town's Luke Ayling celebrates his goal against Birmingham

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    Birmingham's Matt Green scores the winning penalty

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    Yeovil Town's Luke Ayling celebrates his goal against Birmingham

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    Birmingham City's Neil Eardley (2) leads the protests after Yeovil equalise

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    Yeovil Town's Byron Webster and Birmingham's Matt Green (left) battle for the ball in the air

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    Yeovil Town's Joel Grant and Birmingham City's Chris Burke (left) in action

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    Yeovil Town's Joel Grant and Birmingham City's Chris Burke (left) in action

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    Yeovil Town's James Hayter and Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector (left) in action

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    Yeovil Town's Daniel Seaborne and Birmingham City's Lee Novak (left) battle for the ball in the air

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    Birmingham City's Chris Burke in action

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    Birmingham's Andrew Shinnie celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town to make it 2-1

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    Yeovil Town's Edward Upson celebrates his goal with teammates against Birmingham to make it 1-1

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    Birmingham's Kyle Bartley celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town

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    Yeovil Town's Edward Upson scores against Birmingham to make it 1-1

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    Birmingham's Kyle Bartley (left) celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town

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    Birmingham's Kyle Bartley celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town

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    Birmingham's Kyle Bartley celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town


"It's always easy to give a goal back when you're leading. We were winning going into injury time."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson was involved in an identical incident during a 2004 League Cup match during his first stint as Town manager.

Plymouth Argyle striker Steve Crawford was gifted an immediate equaliser after Lee Johnson, the son of the Glovers manager, attempted to play the ball back to the visitors' goalkeeper, Luke McCormick, and inadvertently scored.

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Gary Johnson and Lee Clark share a pre-match joke


On Tuesday night, Johnson admitted he told his team to play on and not return the ball to Birmingham from the throw-in.

He said: "I apologised to Lee Clark at half-time in extra-time because, on reflection, it was ungentlemanly. However, we get a bit fed up of teams kicking it out for their own players here when we're trying to get a goal back.

"I wanted us to play on but I didn't expect the Birmingham side to stand still, and didn't expect Byron to hook a goal in.

"I think people should look at this. How many teams are going to kick the ball out for their own players in the last minute?

"I apologise to the Birmingham fans, staff and players, but this kind of thing is happening too often at the minute."