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Leeds United 4-0 Birmingham City

Leeds celebrate during the victory over Birmingham at Elland Road

Leeds emphatically exposed Birmingham's defensive frailties with a comfortable victory at Elland Road.

Blues goalkeeper Darren Randolph's poor clearance from a long ball allowed Ross McCormack to guide a shot into an empty net for the home side's opener.

Rodolph Austin headed in a McCormack cross and Matt Smith then slotted home after Randolph's parried save.

David Murphy's free-kick hit the Leeds post before Smith headed in a fourth for the home side.

Manager Brian McDermott's first defeat as Leeds boss was a loss at Birmingham in April but there was little chance of another reverse this time around.

Leeds had too much quality and determination for the visitors, who did not help themselves with their defensive showing.

Blues centre-back Dan Burn set the tone for his team's play when he missed an interception and left McCormack clean through on goal, but the Leeds forward shot straight at keeper Randolph.

A close range Jason Pearce header went over and McCormack had another effort saved by Randolph as the home side continued to struggle at the back.

However, it was not long before the visiting side's continual sloppy play caught up with them and Leeds were rewarded for their determined efforts.

Keeper Randolph came to the edge of his box to make a clearance but he only managed to find to Austin, who passed for McCormack to guide in a 20-yard effort into an empty net.

Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt almost helped the visitors back in the game when his clearance found Chris Burke but the Blues winger's shot went just wide.

However, the Elland Road side extended their lead when Austin started a move which he finished when he nodded in McCormack's cross.

A McCormack shot was parried by Randolph and Smith was quickest to the loose ball to tuck in a third Leeds goal just before the break.

Birmingham improved in the second half and Burke had a chipped cross cleared off the line by Tom Lees before Nikola Zigic had a shot palmed over by keeper Paddy Kenny and Murphy's free-kick hit the woodwork.

However, Smith thumped in a header from Mowatt's cross to add more gloss to a win which moved Leeds up to ninth.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We managed to get some width into the team today and that was important.

"My teams have always had width, as anyone who saw Reading when I was there will tell you.

"We spoke beforehand about having a winning mentality. The more games you play, the more you learn how to win and today we got closer to where we want to be."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"I don't do excuses, I do reality. I will never tell anyone what I tell players in the dressing room but we are all disappointed.

"That is not acceptable to the badge on the front of the jersey.

"We didn't do anything right in the first half and our defending by the whole 11 was very poor.

"Our passing and forward play were very average in the first half, so it was a frustrating afternoon and we got what we deserved."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 25Byram
  • 15WarnockBooked at 57mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 22Wootton
  • 4Lees
  • 6Murphy
  • 36Mowatt
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 8AustinSubstituted forBrownat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 11Varney
  • 16Pugh
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 3Murphy
  • 4Robinson
  • 6BurnSubstituted forShinnieat 45'minutes
  • 5BartleyBooked at 62mins
  • 15Elliott
  • 20Lee
  • 12NovakSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutes
  • 7C Burke
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
21,301

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 4, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 4, Birmingham City 0.

Hand ball by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

Offside, Birmingham City. Chris Burke tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Rodolph Austin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Smith (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 4, Birmingham City 0. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Lee with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sam Byram.

David Murphy (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley129211529
2QPR118301027
3Leicester12822726
4Nottm Forest12651823
5Blackpool12651523
6Reading12642822
7Watford126331021
8Derby12534418
9Leeds12525117
10Bournemouth12525-617
11Blackburn12435315
12Ipswich12435215
13Wigan10424314
14Huddersfield12354214
15Brighton12354-114
16Middlesbrough12264-212
17Doncaster11335-512
18Millwall12336-1112
19Charlton11245-510
20Birmingham12318-610
21Bolton12165-99
22Barnsley12228-158
23Sheff Wed11074-67
24Yeovil12138-126
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