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Summary

  1. All the action from Birmingham City v Leeds United
  2. Birmingham have not won in their last four league meetings with Leeds United on home soil
  3. Chris Wood opens the scoring before Che Adams equalises - but Wood is on target again in the second half and Alfonso Pedraza finishes the job off for the visitors

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By Katie Whyatt

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us on the live blog tonight. 

Leeds didn't start well but they happened upon the magic in the second half, and were clinical. 

A brace from Chris Wood and a first goal from Alfonso Pedraza reduced Che Adams' equaliser to a consolation goal - and the Leeds bus rumbles on. 

We'll be back on Tuesday, when Leeds visit Fulham. 

Until then, enjoy your weekend. 

Garry Monk's fan experience

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

I love it when managers are in the stand, and you see them on the TV screen and they look like fans. Like, I don't know - eating a hotdog, or standing up to let someone come past you, or reading a programme. Monk's had the proper fan experience tonight. 

More importantly, Leeds seem able to win in any given way - they have everything in their locker now. 

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Monk says Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira will both be available for Tuesday night - and Vieira was available today. 

GARRY MONK: We take responsibility as a group

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Garry Monk
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We had to defend with our hearts, with organisation and discipline - and that's important, coming away from home. As a group, we take responsibility - everyone does. The first 60 minutes wasn't good enough from anyone but we spoke at half time that we lacked a bit of freedom, looked like we were playing under pressure. But we're in a fantastic position. 

Our mentality was brilliant and we got much, much better, started to play the football we know we can. We'll learn from the first 60 minutes where we know we need to get better. All the subs contributed when they came on and that's important.  

GARRY MONK: Mentality got us through

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Garry Monk
PA

I thought we were probably second best in the first 60 minutes, but it's down to our mentality. After that point, I thought we gained control and started to express ourselves like we'd wanted to from the start. Maybe we could have capitalised on Birmingham a bit more but that would have been a bit harsh on them - they're a good team, fighting for their lives, and you could see that. 

I think the whole team [were the reasons for the win] and the substitutions were important, but that first 60 minutes - I don't think we were playing with the freedom we need. But our mentality is so strong we soaked up that pressure. We looked dangerous and clinical, and that's what you need. We wanted to be like that from the start but we've kept moving forward. 

Noel on Bartley

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Leeds didn't all get up to their best level, but they did get better when Bartley started yelling - he tells them to get back to basis, and stop with the fancy flicks. He does that so well. He keeps driving and wanting more, pushing them all up to their best level. He's the man who keeps the team ticking over, right until the end. 

Noel on Hernandez

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

I think it's more Hernandez's away form that is the concern. Tonight, it just didn't seem to click for him. I don't know if it's a confidence thing, but he was still brave and asking for the ball, even though he wasn't having the best game - that's all you can ask for. I know his creative side brings so much to the party, but I would like to see him challenging for the ball more - you need that from everyone when games are getting physical.  

Leeds team spirit obvious

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Chris Wood recognised Phillips' work in the build-up to the goal. You could tell that in the celebration - Wood was pointing to Phillips, going, 'This guy did the work.'

The Leeds players appreciate each other and are grateful when they make each other look good. They are good human beings and it's a nice thing to see.

How is the table looking?

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Playing ugly is fine

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Do you want to be peaking now? Isn't it about just doing what you have to do to get into the top six, and then switching it on for the play offs? 'Not pretty, but deadly' is a great way to sum it up. It's all about getting going at the right time - peaking at the end. Finish where you finish and get the job done. There's no advantage to finishing third over sixth. Just do what you have to do. 

How did Phillips change the game?

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

I don't think anyone clicked in the midfield today - but Phillips came in and be brought a series of great challenges. His run for the second goal gave the team the confidence they needed and allowed them to push on to see the game out.

The referee handled the game really well this evening and was spot on in all the calls he made about the 'penalties'. They were dives. 

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Monk's man management impressive

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Phillips has faced criticism this season, and maybe taking him out of the firing line and the limelight has helped him. Leeds have reaped the rewards today - that's good man management. 

Who stood out tonight?

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Phillips didn't reinvent the wheel, but what he did do was pass with accuracy and make runs into the box. You will have to make a big run back if you do that and cover your ground, but it led to the second goal. That's what you need to see. 

Pedraza was productive, exciting and hard-working - and he was composed when you needed him to be. The way he bounced back up after that challenge showed he can adapt to this league.  

Leeds in control of the table

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Possession doesn't matter - it doesn't win you games. To be honest, we probably gave them half of that possession with all our sloppy passes. It's about taking chances. 

Phillips was the difference tonight and was so forward-thinking and forward-facing. I think once again, the table has been about us doing out job first. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't enjoyable to watch, but it got the job done. It keeps the gap from seventh there. Leeds are in control of their own destiny and will stay fourth no matter what Reading do. 

Leeds' class shone through

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

You could look at this game and say Birmingham have been the better team, but Leeds have shown they have that better, individual class of player to take chances and produce those moments of quality that win you games. 

Birmingham unlucky

Darren Carter, former Birmingham City midfielder

That scoreline doesn't tell too much of the story of the game - Leeds were just ruthless. Blues were on top of this game and the only difference was that Leeds punished them for a few mistakes. That's the sign of a good side. I've been impressed with Leeds and Wood seems to be in such form that everything he touches goes in. Blues were unlucky on the balance of play but there are reasons why Leeds are fourth - and we've seen them tonight.  

BreakingFULL TIME: BIRMINGHAM CITY 1-3 LEEDS UNITED

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Free kick for Birmingham on the far side as Ayling was too heavy in the challenge. Wood will knock Gardner's bending ball away with ease and Ayling is underneath the ball back in. 

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Caution for Tesche - Birmingham getting a little frustrated and edgy here as they become stretched. 

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Chris Wood is denied by Kuszczak on the edge of the area as Sutton surrenders the ball - too dangerous to give Wood chances like that. 

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Bridcutt effortlessly nicks the ball off Davis - a cheeky interception. Four added minutes on the horizon. Tesche's run is met with a fierce Leeds challenge and Bridcutt comes in out of nowhere to pick Tesche off again. Pure body.

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Sinclair replaces Che Adams as the game winds down. 

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

I'd hate to play against Roofe - he's everywhere. He's done so well to close Frei down there and outmuscle him. And Bartley - he's had Jutkiewicz in his back pocket all night. Jansson might not have been on it on the floor but he's still trying to push this team forward. This campaign is getting more and more enthralling. 

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Tesche searches for the run of Frei, who's just come on in place of Keita, but Roofe closes him down. Leeds give a free kick away on halfway for a foul on Craig Gardner. 

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Roofe looks for Wood but Shotton heads away. Adams might get in after latching onto a ball over the top but he knocks it wide. 

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Phillips has changed the course of the game, coming into that central area. He's won balls, been aggressive - he's changed the game in the way you'd want from your substitutes. You can't undersell how vital he's been.

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Rob Green dives on the ball and Birmingham fans are crying for a pullback on Che Adams - but it's simulation, again. 

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Hernandez makes way for Roofe in Leeds' final change. Top finish, that. 

BreakingGOAL: BIRMINGHAM 1-3 LEEDS - PEDRAZA

Davis has been caught in possession and Phillips wins the ball. He finds Harnandez, whose well-weighted pass is latched onto by Pedraza. He drives it with real quality past Kuszczak - a real good finish. 

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Ayling lays off to Hernandez and Kuszczak produces a big save to meet it before Chris Wood can pounce.

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Darren Carter, ex-Birmingham midfielder

Birmingham have made sure they've won the second balls, and that's created opportunities for them - Davis has been great at that all night, and that's what he was trying there.

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Pedraza tries to break but he is hounded down by Davis in a painfully cynical challenge. Yellow for the Blues man. 

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

He went over Bartley's legs - it was absolutely no penalty and a really good call from the referee. Bartley didn't make an attempt for the ball - it was all in how Adams tumbled over his foot. It was body on body.

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Birmingham break forward in numbers and Tesche carries them over halfway. Ayling does well to head it away and Hernandez can't bring it down - poor ball, mind. Che Adams cries for a penalty as Bartley knocks him to the ground - but no penalty, at all. Body on body. 

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Hernandez gives a free kick away three yards from the penalty area by the corner flag, after hauling down Robinson. The ball makes its way to Davis, who strikes it wide.

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Darren Carter, ex-Birmingham midfielder

Dallas has done so well to track Blues' wingbacks, and Pedraza has to be willing to match that work ethic. 

Shutton's diagonal balls have been great tonight and one has just won a corner. Leeds clear it but he could coach players in diagonal balls all day long. 

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Phillips robs Gardner on and Leeds keep hold of possession on halfway. Davis tries to carry it away from Bridcutt but the pass is overhit. The ball rolls out for a throw and Leeds make their second sub, Dallas making way for Pedraza.