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Birmingham City 1-0 Leeds United: Blues claim vital win over promotion hopefuls

Che Adams and Pontus Jansson
Birmingham striker Che Adams has scored 22 goals this season - three of them against Leeds United

Premier League promotion hopefuls Leeds United slipped to a potentially damaging defeat at struggling Birmingham.

Blues were deducted nine points by the EFL for breaching profitability and sustainability rules in March and had lost their previous five games.

However, they scored the only goal of the game when Che Adams scored with a crisp strike moments after Patrick Bamford had volleyed against the post for the visitors.

Bamford missed another fine chance before Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp denied him a leveller with an excellent save, as Leeds slipped to third in the Championship - one point behind Sheffield United, who won at Preston.

Marcelo Bielsa's side lacked their usual fluency as they fell to a second defeat in three matches - and their second this season against Blues, who won 2-1 at Elland Road thanks to an Adams double in September.

They started on top but the game turned on a 60-second period when Bamford hit the upright from Luke Ayling's cross and Adams scored his 22nd goal of the season.

Birmingham, under former Leeds boss Garry Monk, dug in thereafter and came close to a late second when Adams was denied by visiting keeper Kiko Casilla.

Blues' first win since 26 February lifts them five points clear of danger. They now host another promotion chasing side Sheffield United on Wednesday, while Leeds travel to Preston on Tuesday.

Blues boss Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"We got exactly what we deserved. To get the performance we got, I'm most pleased for two reasons.

"First is the players. They've had so much to deal with this season. Defensively, we were brilliant. I felt calm. We looked solid and really well organised.

"The second is the fans. It's been tough all season long, especially in this recent run, but for them to turn up in their numbers like they did and get behind the players."

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We could draw the game, we could have lost the game with more goals and we could have won the game too.

"On balance we didn't do enough and we didn't take advantage of the chances we had."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 12DeanBooked at 48mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forJotaat 76'minutes
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forDavisat 45'minutes
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forHardingat 57'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Adams
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Mrabti
  • 23Jota
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18JanssonBooked at 76mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 30mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezBooked at 83mins
  • 11Roberts
  • 43KlichSubstituted forClarkeat 70'minutes
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDallasat 45'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forRoofeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 4Forshaw
  • 7Roofe
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Berardi
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
24,197

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  6. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  9. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Davis.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

  15. Booking

    Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

  17. Post update

    Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich40259682483484
2Sheff Utd40238967373077
3Leeds402371066422476
4West Brom4020101075522370
5Aston Villa401615973561763
6Bristol City391711115142962
7Derby391612115548760
8Middlesbrough401513124136558
9Nottm Forest401415115547857
10Preston401512135953657
11Hull40169155957257
12Sheff Wed401414124954-556
13Swansea39158165249353
14Brentford401312156356751
15Stoke401118113842-451
16Blackburn401211175363-1047
17Birmingham401314135652444
18QPR40128204665-1944
19Wigan401011194359-1641
20Millwall391010194558-1340
21Reading40913184360-1740
22Rotherham40815174368-2539
23Bolton4088242966-3732
24Ipswich40415213265-3327
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