Birmingham 1 Wimbledon 0
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Hughes's early strike was enough to win the game and see Steve Bruce's men into the draw for the next round.
Birmingham did not take long to get going and were ahead after just four minutes through a dubious goal.
The Dons defence were reluctant to put in a tackle on Stern John who slid in Clinton Morrison who appeared to be offside. He miscontrolled the ball and Hughes ran from a deeper position to slot the ball past the helpless Steve Banks and Wimbledon's task was made that much harder.
The Brum defence switched off on 20 minutes and Ben Harding fed Jamie Mackie who just had Maik Taylor to beat but the youngster's effort hit the post and fell back into the grateful hands of the Northern Ireland goalkeeper.
Taylor then had to push a Dean Lewington free kick around the post and Banks did superbly well to tip Dunn's deflected shot over his own bar at the opposite end.
Morrison put too much emphasis on placement instead of power which allowed Banks enough time to get down and save low to his left, after the ex-Crystal Palace man did well to track back in midfield and win the ball back off Harding.
Morrison should have put his name on the scoresheet on 35 minutes when John headed down Robbie Savage's corner for the Republic of Ireland man but with his back to goal he hit the ball over from two yards out.
Wade Small blazed an effort narrowly wide on 41 minutes and the troubled club almost found themselves two down but Dunn's spectacular left-foot volley drifted agonisingly wide of the upright.
Mackie started the second half by blazing unfathomably high from the edge of the box while Hughes fed John at the opposite end only for the Trinidadian to hit a weak effort wide of goal.
Neither side exerted any dominance in the opening 20 minutes of the second half as a scrappy affair ensued.
John and Morrison found themselves two-on-two with the Wimbledon defence with 15 minutes left, but John's ball to his partner was poor and the Irishman was forced to go wider than he would have liked before delivering a fairly tame shot at Banks.
Johnson hit a fierce shot straight at banks with ten minutes remaining but the game petered out without ever reaching the same level of play of the first half and referee Uriah Rennie's full time whistle could not come soon enough for either set of fans, but Blues supporters will be much the happier knowing their team are the ones to progress.