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Leeds United 1-1 Birmingham City

Paul Caddis (left)
Paul Caddis' early penalty was his fifth goal of the season in all competition

Luke Murphy struck late on to deny Birmingham victory at Leeds.

Paul Caddis' first-half penalty looked to have given the visitors a third consecutive away league win, after Clayton Donaldson was brought down.

Leeds striker Steve Morison and Birmingham's Donaldson both headed efforts on to the post after the break.

Murphy drew the hosts level late on, smashing home after Birmingham had failed to clear Sam Byram's cross, but Leeds remain winless since November.

Neil Redfearn's side almost took an early lead when Morison brought the ball under control inside the penalty area, but he blazed over.

Instead it was Birmingham who went ahead just moments later thanks to Caddis' spot-kick, after a swift counter-attack.

Andy Shinnie played a ball through to Donaldson, who beat one man before being brought down by Liam Cooper, and Caddis calmly converted the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.

Improved form on the road
Under manager Gary Rowett, Birmingham have picked up 11 points from a possible 18 away from home in the league
Prior to his appointment on 27 October, Birmingham had not won on their travels since 5 April

Shinnie and David Cotterill then went close to doubling Blues' lead with long-range efforts, but it was Leeds who arguably had the best chances of the rest of the first half.

Firstly, Scott Wootton headed Murphy's inviting cross wide before Wootton himself picked out Morison, who headed straight at Darren Randolph.

The hosts then had goalkeeper Marco Silvestri to thank for keeping them in the game, as he denied both Stephen Gleeson and David Davis from long range.

Both sides struck the post after the break, with Leeds' Morison glancing a header against the upright before Birmingham's Donaldson was similarly denied at the other end.

As Leeds pushed for an equaliser late on, they were rewarded when Caddis could not head Byram's cross away from danger, and Murphy drilled in to prevent a fifth defeat in seven league games.

The result sent Leeds above Rotherham into 20th place in the Championship table, while 11th-placed Birmingham are now nine points adrift of the play-off places.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn: "We played well, we deserved to win and got in front of goal enough times to win a couple of games. If we'd have scored 10 minutes earlier we'd have won. It's not the three points we wanted but the performance, the grit and the determination. If you're fighting, you've got a chance."

Redfearn then praised goalscorer Murphy, who has been a target of criticism from fans: "He's done nothing but impress me, I had a good chat with him a month, six weeks ago to try and get him in a better place. But he's brave, he doesn't hide, gets on the ball and shows qualities you'd admire."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "I think if you look at the game and forget what went before the goal, we were 1-0 up with five minutes to go and we wanted to close it out. But if you look at the minutes before that it would have been unfair on Leeds if they'd not have got at least something.

"We were quite fortunate to have been 1-0 up at that period, but we would have liked to have seen things through. We conceded a very poor goal but it was a good point in the end at what's a tough place to come."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 5Bellusci
  • 32Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 4Austin
  • 7Murphy
  • 2Byram
  • 23L CookSubstituted forDoukaraat 78'minutes
  • 34AntenucciBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSharpat 63'minutes
  • 19Morison

Substitutes

  • 6Pearce
  • 8Sharp
  • 13Taylor
  • 14Bianchi
  • 27Mowatt
  • 29Doukara
  • 33Sloth

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 44mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forZigicat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22ShinnieBooked at 60minsSubstituted forEdgarat 65'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forNovakat 78'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 6Edgar
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 18Hancox
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
23,534

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Marco Silvestri (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

David Edgar (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Birmingham City 1. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Sam Byram is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edgar (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Lewis Cook.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

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

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Stephen Gleeson is caught offside.

Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Edgar replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Mirco Antenucci.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth26156557273051
2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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