Forest show strength in defeat

Forest made seven changes from the West Brom game for their second trip in succession to the West Midlands but still pushed the Premier League's form team all the way for another 90 minutes.

"We've now played Birmingham over two games and their goalkeeper has been the man of the match on both occasions," said manager Billy Davies after the game.

Concentrating on the league is often a familiar mantra for teams knocked out of the FA Cup but for the Reds it holds true with a massive prize awaiting them if they keep their nerve over the next few months, starting against Reading this weekend.

Saturday's opponents face an FA Cup replay of their own on Wednesday night when they face Liverpool at Anfield.

The Royals will have two new faces available for their trip to the City Ground.

Experienced defender Andy Griffin signed on loan from Stoke City earlier this week while international clearance has been received for Icelandic striker Gunnar Thorvaldsson, who joins the club on loan from Danish side Esbjerg.