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Leeds 1-0 Birmingham: Kalvin Phillips strike lifts Leeds to second

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Leeds United celebrated 100 years since their formation on Thursday

Kalvin Phillips' strike lifted Leeds to second in the Championship table as the club marked their centenary with victory over Birmingham City.

However, the game was marred by ugly scenes at full-time as Birmingham fans appeared to clash with stewards and police in the away end.

There was also trouble outside the ground and West Yorkshire Police made 11 arrests.

Midfielder Phillips netted the only goal on 65 minutes to break Blues' dogged resistance and clinch three points.

Leeds squandered chances in the first half in front of an Elland Road crowd of 35,731 - their highest of the season.

But Phillips eventually broke the deadlock, collecting Jack Harrison's pass to fire past Lee Camp.

The result is likely to be overshadowed by the crowd trouble which saw several stewards report minor injuries.

BBC WM commentator Richard Wilford, who was at Elland Road, described it as "some of the worst violence I've seen for a considerable period of time inside a football ground".

On the pitch, Leeds could not give their fans anything tangible to cheer for most of the opening hour as they were blunted by a solid Blues back line.

Camp kept out an early Ezgjan Alioski attempt from distance and also had to be alert to foil a follow-up from Stuart Dallas after Helder Costa's shot had been blocked.

Leeds sent on Eddie Nketiah - fresh from his England Under-21 hat-trick earlier in the week - to replace the misfiring Patrick Bamford for the second half.

But Birmingham threatened through Fran Villalba and Alvaro Gimenez before Maxime Colin's slip enabled Harrison to race clear and set up Phillips for his first goal since February.

Leeds never looked in danger of surrendering their lead, although Jude Bellingham's 25-yard effort brought a late stop from Kiko Casilla.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa:

"I am not happy with how we closed the game out. After we scored we could have finished the match. We gave them the ball and let them control the chances.

"We had one of the best first halves we have played. We started the second half with some doubt. After the goal, we had three chances. From then, little by little, we allowed the opponent to control the ball.

"Sometimes God put things in the right place. Phillips is playing at Leeds and now he will stay in the history of the club for this goal.

"I am proud to have this job at a club with such important history. The history of the club is very impressive. That increases the duty I have."

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"Leeds started strongly, you have to give them that. It's a very special game for them and it's probably the toughest place to come as a visitor. But I think we defended our box very well and grew into the game.

"In the second half I think the players were even more confident and our offensive game began to roll. Some of the patterns were good and we managed to turn the patterns into chances and shots.

"Obviously you're not happy because you don't get the result and we had it close, but again the team showed massive spirit to build on what we were against Middlesbrough.

"We didn't come here and be sitting ducks - we went toe to toe against a team that's been playing this kind of football for a year and a half and having a lot of success."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 3-4-3

  • 13CasillaBooked at 90mins
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 28Berardi
  • 23Phillips
  • 15Dallas
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 42mins
  • 43KlichSubstituted forRobertsat 61'minutes
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forDouglasat 84'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 45'minutes
  • 22Harrison

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 30Miazek
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forMaghomaat 67'minutes
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forGardnerat 76'minutesSubstituted forat 90+4'minutes
  • 34SunjicBooked at 43mins
  • 17Villalba Rodrigo
  • 24Giménez
  • 10JutkiewiczBooked at 21minsSubstituted forBaileyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Gardner
  • 26Davis
  • 37Bailey
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
35,731

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Kiko Casilla (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Gary Gardner went off injured after Birmingham City had used all subs.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Giménez.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

    Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Hélder Costa.

  18. Post update

    Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Hélder Costa tries a through ball, but Eddie Nketiah is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom127412213925
2Leeds12723167923
3Swansea126421710722
4Nottm Forest11641169722
5QPR127142121022
6Preston1263323131021
7Charlton126331812621
8Sheff Wed126241710720
9Bristol City125521816220
10Fulham125432012819
11Cardiff124531717017
12Birmingham125161115-416
13Brentford124351211115
14Blackburn124351517-215
15Derby123631518-315
16Luton124261820-214
17Millwall123541217-514
18Hull123451619-313
19Reading123271217-511
20Wigan11326916-711
21Middlesbrough122461117-610
22Huddersfield122371420-69
23Stoke122281322-98
24Barnsley12147923-147
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