Nikola Zigic scored his first goal since February as Birmingham extended their winning run to six games with a narrow victory over Leeds.

Zigic opened his account for the season when full-back Stephen Carr delivered a cross from the right and he controlled the ball before firing past Paul Rachubka.

Blues keeper Boaz Myhill made a great save to keep out Adam Clayton's volley.

He also tipped over Ross McCormack's effort late on.

Scotland international Robert Snodgrass fired wide for Leeds and also drilled a shot over from distance as the hosts hung on for victory.

For Birmingham, Zigic and substitute Chris Wood produced good saves from Rachubka, while Chris Burke fired narrowly wide after the restart.

Defeat ended fifth-placed Leeds' seven-match unbeaten league record.

Victory sees Chris Hughton's Blues move to within a point of the Yorkshire side and they also have two games in hand.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke Booked
  • 11 Beausejour Booked
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King (Wood - 70' )
  • 19 Zigic

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 03 Murphy
  • 08 N'daw
  • 17 Rooney
  • 39 Wood

Leeds

  • 12 Rachubka
  • 02 Connolly
  • 22 Lees
  • 28 White
  • 48 O'Dea
  • 14 Howson
  • 15 Clayton (Vayrynen - 77' )
  • 16 Pugh (Sam - 73' )
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 38 Keogh (Becchio - 63' )
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 30 Cairns
  • 03 Kisnorbo
  • 07 Vayrynen
  • 11 Sam
  • 10 Becchio
Ref: Foy
Att: 21,426

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 6

Corners

5 11

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:39 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:29 Booking

Booking Chris Burke goes into the book.

90:00 +3:47

Chris Burke decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +3:33

Chris Wood has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Paul Rachubka.

90:00 +2:13

The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:47

Paul Connolly sends in a cross.

89:48

The ball is delivered by Lloyd Sam, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Mika Vayrynen goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

88:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Darren O'Dea. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

87:58

Direct free kick taken by Mika Vayrynen.

87:58 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour shown a yellow card.

87:47

Foul by Jean Beausejour on Jonathan Howson, free kick awarded.

87:18

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Chris Burke makes a clearance.

85:54

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

85:41

Shot by Ross McCormack. Boaz Myhill makes a fantastic save.

81:42

Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

79:53

Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Mika Vayrynen results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

78:26

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Howson, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

77:30

Chris Burke fouled by Aidan White, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

76:37 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Mika Vayrynen coming on for Adam Clayton.

74:44

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Darren O'Dea results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Wood, blocked by Tom Lees. Foul by Aidan White on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

72:44 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Sam replaces Danny Pugh.

72:10

The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour.

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Chris Wood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon King.

68:55

The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Tom Lees makes a clearance.

68:31

Corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line.

67:27

Paul Connolly crosses the ball, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

65:21

Jean Beausejour fouled by Danny Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Chris Burke, Jonathan Howson makes a clearance.

62:35 Substitution

Substitution Luciano Becchio on for Andrew Keogh.

62:25

Chris Burke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Darren O'Dea.

62:17

Aidan White sends in a cross, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.

61:11

Marlon King concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Lees. Tom Lees restarts play with the free kick.

60:21

Corner from left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass. Jonathan Howson delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

59:43

Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

58:11

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

57:33

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, save by Paul Rachubka.

56:00

The ball is sent over by Aidan White, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.

55:47

Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, clearance by Curtis Davies.

54:33

Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.

51:16

The ball is delivered by Tom Lees, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.

48:44

Effort by Robert Snodgrass from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

47:11

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Chris Burke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:48

Shot from 12 yards from Nikola Zigic. Save by Paul Rachubka.

45:00 +1:15

Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Andrew Keogh results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

44:55

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, Tom Lees makes a clearance.

44:50

The ball is crossed by Marlon King, Paul Connolly makes a clearance.

42:31

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Keogh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

42:25

Centre by Paul Connolly, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

39:39

Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack. Adam Clayton restarts play with the free kick.

37:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon King by Ross McCormack. Direct free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.

36:58

Stephen Carr crosses the ball.

36:04

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Adam Clayton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

34:58

Assist on the goal came from Stephen Carr.

34:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Birmingham 1 - 0 Leeds A goal is scored by Nikola Zigic from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Leeds.

33:57

Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

32:54

A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, comfortable save by Paul Rachubka.

31:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Aidan White. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Darren O'Dea makes a clearance.

30:58

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Keogh. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

29:57

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

29:14

Shot from 25 yards from Marlon King. Tom Lees gets a block in.

26:17

A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, save made by Paul Rachubka.

25:27

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.

24:57

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Boaz Myhill.

24:40

Shot by Ross McCormack. Stephen Carr gets a block in.

24:06

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass played to the near post, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

23:46

Short corner taken by Andrew Keogh.

23:29

Shot by Adam Clayton. Save by Boaz Myhill.

23:21

A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

22:52

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

22:46

Aidan White delivers the ball, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.

22:16

Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh. Tom Lees takes the direct free kick.

21:21

Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

16:45

Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Danny Pugh manages to make a clearance.

16:37

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Tom Lees.

14:41

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

14:28

Shot from 25 yards by Robert Snodgrass. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

14:09

Chris Burke crosses the ball, clearance by Jonathan Howson.

13:57

Paul Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.

10:31

Effort from the edge of the area by Robert Snodgrass goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:26

Ross McCormack is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

8:18

Danny Pugh crosses the ball. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Robert Snodgrass. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

7:51

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Tom Lees.

3:59

Centre by Liam Ridgewell.

3:24

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

2:06

Corner from right by-line taken by Jean Beausejour.

1:41

Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Aidan White.

1:23

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Marlon King takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees.

0:41

Ross McCormack is caught offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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