Wolves 0 Birmingham 1: Why make us watch it again

Why make us watch Birmingham and Wolves again Mad idea.

‘Call me mad,’ suggested Roy Keane. ‘I watched the first game twice.’ Twice You’re mad, Roy. Utterly mad.

Madder than Robert Plant who flew back from Texas to watch the replay of the dullest FA Cup tie ever shown on live TV.

At least the former Led Zep front man had an excuse (supporting Wolves) and the decency to yawn.

Hard to watch: Mick McCarthy saw his side knocked out of the FA Cup

Hard to watch: Mick McCarthy saw his side knocked out of the FA Cup

Madder than the ESPN exec who thought Birmingham v Wolves was among the ties of the round, yet perhaps not as mad as the visionary at ITV who thought we’d all like to see it again.

They started with a sheepish reflection on the goalless first game. ‘Truly dismal,’ said Adrian Chiles. Mind you, Mick McCarthy seemed to be siding with Keane (for a change) as he adopted his usual brand of umbrage with anyone who had the temerity to point a camera and ask a question.

‘It’s been an up-tempo first six minutes,’ boasted Peter Drury, the equivalent of a crafty V-sign at ESPN, but he peaked too early and the game drifted off.

Making it count: Wade Elliott celebrates his winner

Making it count: Wade Elliott celebrates his winner

If ever a match deserved to be won by a man having a lie down, this was it. All hail Wade Elliott and the linesman and his dodgy offside flag who denied Wolves the chance to force extra time.

In the end, ITV got their upset. Except was it an upset with just 10 league places between the sides Was it worth the effort

Keane probably thought so. He’s cleared his diary and Lady Gaga is coming round. They’re watching it three times. Mad.