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Birmingham City 1-3 Leeds United

Birmingham City dropped into the Championship relegation zone as three second-half goals ensured Leeds United completed a double over their hosts.

Towering striker Matt Smith guided in a neat header to put the Whites ahead.

The Yorkshire side, who won 4-0 in the reverse game, doubled their lead within two minutes when Danny Pugh rifled in.

Blues defender Paul Caddis scored an own goal, before Federico Macheda's late consolation, as Lee Clark's men slipped to third bottom.

Blackpool's 2-0 win at Wigan meant that Birmingham, who have a game in hand over most of their nearest rivals, dropped into the bottom three for the first time since October.

Leeds moved up to 15th with their third win in four matches.

The Blues had started positively, taking the attack to their visitors in the first half but Tom Adeyemi missed their best chance when he floated his shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat.

Despite having most of the play, Birmingham failed to create too many clear-cut chances and were punished after the break when Leeds swept into the lead with two goals in as many minutes through Smith and Pugh.

That demoralised the hosts who fell further behind when Caddis put past his own keeper before Macheda reduced the deficit with a powerful left-footed shot.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It is hurting me and my family. It is affecting the enjoyment of living in a fantastic part of the world. It is not great, so I am prepared to do everything to keep us in the league. I know that I can do it.

"I believe that I have the backing of the players. A bit of nervous tension has crept in and we need to find a way of eradicating this in the last two games.

"Our poor home form is reality. I cannot affect the past but I can the future so why not go out with bang in our last home game against Wigan by winning?

"That would set us up for the last match of the season to give us an opportunity to stay in the league. We were energetic and powerful in the first half but to give away goals like we did you get punished."

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott on rumours that he is about to lose his job:

"These sort of things do not frustrate me or unsettle me. The most important thing is Leeds United and what is best for this football club and what is best to take this club forward. That is the only agenda I've got.

"The future is looking brighter as we have won three of our last four games. We were top five at one stage but we had a lot of things going on with the ownership, which was really difficult.

"These are mitigating circumstances and not excuses. We are now as safe as houses in this league and looking to do well next season."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 17ReillySubstituted forMachedaat 61'minutes
  • 5ThorpeSubstituted forGrayat 90+2'minutes
  • 23Spector
  • 7C Burke
  • 36Huws
  • 19Zigic
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 12NovakSubstituted forAllanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 9Macheda
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Allan
  • 33Gray

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 8Austin
  • 16PughSubstituted forWhiteat 88'minutes
  • 5PearceBooked at 32mins
  • 4Lees
  • 22Wootton
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 44McCormack
  • 20SmithSubstituted forHuntat 79'minutes
  • 6MurphySubstituted forMowattat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Hunt
  • 14White
  • 23Thompson
  • 26Poleon
  • 28Stewart
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
19,861

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.
Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).
Scott Allan (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Paul Caddis.
Offside, Birmingham City. Scott Allan tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Alex Mowatt went off injured after Leeds United had used all subs.
Delay in match Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Tom Thorpe because of an injury.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.
Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Danny Pugh.
Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Brown.
Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.
Attempt missed. Michael Brown (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Matt Smith.

Goal!

Own Goal by Paul Caddis, Birmingham City. Birmingham City 0, Leeds United 3.
Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).
Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Scott Allan replaces Lee Novak.
Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).
Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Federico Macheda replaces Callum Reilly.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leeds United 2. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leeds United 1. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Tonge with a cross.
Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Luke Murphy.
Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).
Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).
Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).
Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Leeds United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Leeds United 0.
Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emyr Huws.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Danny Pugh.
Offside, Leeds United. Rodolph Austin tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Booking

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).
Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).
Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).
Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4530963999
2Burnley45261453592
3Derby45259113284
4QPR452211121577
5Reading451913131470
6Wigan442010141370
7Brighton451815121469
8Blackburn45171612767
9Bournemouth45181215266
10Ipswich45171414565
11Nottm Forest45161712465
12Middlesbrough45151614961
13Watford441515141560
14Bolton45141615-158
15Leeds4516821-856
16Sheff Wed45131418-153
17Huddersfield45131121-1050
18Blackpool45111321-2546
19Charlton44111221-2545
20Millwall45101520-2945
21Doncaster45111123-3044
22Birmingham44111023-1543
23Barnsley4591224-3239
24Yeovil4581324-2837
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