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Summary

  1. Leeds move one point behind Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield
  2. Chris Wood's early goal puts Leeds 1-0 up
  3. Craig Gardner equalises after break with long-range shot
  4. Wood restores visitors' lead with tap-in
  5. Sub Alfonso Pedraza makes it 3-1 with low shot

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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Chris Wood
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That's it from us tonight on a night Chris Wood scored twice to become the Championship's leading goalscorer to help Leeds defeat Birmingham.

Tomorrow we have a rather full fixture list in the EFL, and the best place to follow everything is with our dedicated live text service. Seriously, if you've not used it yet it's rather good if I say so myself...

Until then, it's goodnight and thanks for following.

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If you fancy reading up on what happened tonight at St Andrew's have a peek at Ged Scott's report from the ground.

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Leeds boss Garry Monk on Sky Sports: "I thought we were second best for the first 60 minutes. 

"We had a lot of defending to do, but from that point on we took the front foot and got good goals at good times."

And for Blues...

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For Birmingham the defeat leaves them 14th in the Championship table, with just two wins from 16 matches under Gianfranco Zola.

The momentum they could have built on from last week's derby victory over Wolves may have now evaporated.

It's not happy times at St Andrew's. They have to start learning to take chances or else risk a sucker punch like tonight.

Where are they now?

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Here's Alfonso Pedraza celebrating his first goal for Leeds - and the strike which made the points safe for the visitors.

Victory puts the Whites a point behind third-placed Huddersfield, who have two games in hand.

Perhaps more importantly, Garry Monk's side are now 11 points clear of seventh-placed Fulham.

Alfonso Pedraza
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Leeds defender Kyle Bartley on Sky Sports: 

"Chris Wood been fantastic, his all round play has been fantastic and once again he's come up good.

"We've got our eyes on Tuesday and that's a big game against Fulham - it's 11 huge games left this season."

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Leeds United goalscorer and man-of-the match Chris Wood told Sky Sports:

"The whole team's confidence is very high. We ground it out in the first half and got the goals in second. 

"The team is working so hard off the pitch to make sure it's right on the pitch."

FULL-TIME

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Chris Wood and Leeds teammates celebrate his goal
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Chris Wood heads the free-kick away and the referee blows the final whistle.

A great win for Leeds.

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

One last chance for Birmingham with a free-kick on the right-hand side...

YELLOW CARD

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

That was unnecessary. Birmingham midfielder Robert Tesche is in the book for a challenge on Liam Bridcutt. What was the point?

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Chris Wood almost has a hat-trick after picking up on a mistake from Ryan Shotton, but keeper Tomasz Kuszczak bats his strike away from goal.

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Four minutes added on. By the way both sides are playing this, nobody wants that.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Che Adams and Pontus Jansson
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It's not been Che Adams' night tonight after forcing a number of saves from Rob Green, and he comes off for Jerome Sinclair.

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Souleymane Doukara and Robert Tesche
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The noise around St Andrew's is concentrated to the Leeds end and it's safe to say this game has the feel of one winding down.

Alfonso Pedraza does put in a dangerous low cross from the left, but Chris Wood dummies it to no-one.

And at that Leeds manager Garry Monk wanders out of his seat and out of view.

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Birmingham have brought on Karim Frei in place of Cheick Keita to see if they can make something of this game.

Che Adams almost brings them a goal back with a neat turn and shot, but he can only fire wide.

Leeds fans are in full voice, as you'd expect. Maybe a night out on Broad Street for them tonight?

Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Pablo Hernandez may not have been able to score earlier, but he's set up Alfonso Pedraza for a superb first goal in a Leeds shirt.

Hernandez plays the ball through to Pedraza on the left-hand channel and still with a lot to do, the Spaniard on loan from Villareal slams home into the bottom corner with his left foot.

That's Hernandez's last action as he comes off for Kemar Roofe.

GOAL Birmingham 1-3 Leeds

Alfonso Pedraza

Birmingham 1-2 Leeds

Pablo Hernandez has a strike at goal for Leeds, but because he is not Chris Wood he doesn't score.

Instead, he fires straight into the hands of Tomasz Kuszczak after good work from Luke Ayling.

YELLOW CARD

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The first booking of the game goes to Birmingham midfielder David Davis for a rather meaty challenge on Leeds sub Alfonso Pedraza.

I can't believe we haven't had another yellow in this match.

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... and here's Wood making it 2-1 four minutes later.

Chris Wood
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Here's a shot of Craig Gardner's equaliser. The Blues weren't level for long though...

Craig Gardner
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BBC Sport at St Andrew's

A stunning strike, as Craig Gardner curls in a beauty - his first goal since the on-loan West Bromwich Albion and former Aston Villa midfielder returned to the club he still supports.

Of course, he's not the first Gardner to score at St Andrew's this season, his Villa-supporting brother Gary having beaten him to it in the 1-1 second city derby draw in October.

Nevertheless, it got a rousing chorus of "Craigy Gardner is a Blue, he hates Villa" from the home Tilton End.

And it sure made for a buoyant St Andrew's for all of four minutes until Chris Wood got his second at the other end - and it all fell quiet again!

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You don't see this very often.

Birmingham forward Che Adams goes down in the box under pressure from Kyle Bartley and thinks he should have a penalty... So convinced he puts out his hand and grabs the ball and the referee gives a free-kick the other way.

He'll be fuming.

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Cheick Keita wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left, but when Craig Gardner's delivery is deflected out to David Davis, he can only blaze wide for Birmingham.

SUBSTITUTION

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Second change for Leeds United as Stuart Dallas comes off in place of Alfonso Pedraza in a probable like-for-like change.

Birmingham 1-2 Leeds

Birmingham thrust a couple of balls into the area in the direction of Lukas Jutkiewicz, but he cannot connect properly with any of them.

It's safe to say he will be a marked man in the middle of that box.

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Chris Wood and Ryan Shotton
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How frustrated must Birmingham be with that?

You work hard to get back into the game, and then an in-form striker takes advantage of a defensive slip to slot him an easy goal.

Can Gianfranco Zola's men respond once more or will that sucker punch leave them reeling?

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It's that man again, Chris Wood. 

He scores his 25th of the season, and it comes after a great flick by Souleymane Doukara to play in Kalvin Phillips, who in turn plays the ball into the middle to find the big centre forward to slot home.

He did have to take advantage of a slip by Birmingham defender Josh Dacres-Cogley, leaving him totally free to find the net.

GOAL Birmingham 1-2 Leeds

Chris Wood

Birmingham 1-1 Leeds

What a wonderful strike from Craig Gardner to bring Birmingham City level.

The ball drops to the Blues midfielder about 25 yards out and he controls a swerving shot, which takes a deflection off Stuart Dallas, into the bottom corner, leaving Rob Green no chance.

That's his first Birmingham goal since 2011, after rejoining in January.

GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Leeds

Craig Gardner

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Birmingham are making a tactical switch, taking off midfielder Maikel Kietenbeld for Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Cheick Keita shows some rather fancy footwork down the left-hand side for Birmingham, but when he plays it to David Davis, the Leeds players crowd out the Birmingham man's strike.

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Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Birmingham have been pretty dominant in this half, so Leeds think it's time for a change. 

Eunan O'Kane jogs off, Kalvin Phillips jogs on.

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

One of the more bizarre clearances from Leeds' Pablo Hernandez, who tries to clear a corner over his own head, but instead smashes it out for another corner.

Thankfully for him, it's cleared by a team-mate.

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Another chance for Che Adams, but it's a fine save from Rob Green to deny him.

Leeds centre-back Pontus Jansson loses possession, and Adams is played through one-on-one with Green, who manages to claw away a powerful strike at goal.

It was almost a carbon copy save of the one below in the first half.

Rob Green save
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Birmingham are knocking on that door.

Again it comes from the right, as Nsue plays in Maikel Kieftenbeld, who crosses for Che Adams.

Adams rises highest, but it's cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley, before the ball finds it's way to Robert Tesche on the edge of the box but Adams can only turn his low strike over.

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Emilio Nsue is a constant threat down the right-hand side for Birmingham and again manages to find a cross into the middle, but Che Adams cannot direct his header at goal.

This result is far from complete for Leeds.

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Leeds have the first attack with intent of the half, and Paul Robinson has to stand up strong to block Chris Wood's effort away from goal.

Leeds legend at St Andrew's

Birmingham 0-1 Leeds

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at St Andrew's

Eddie Gray
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There's always a few ex players knocking about in any press box at any game, but few could play the game as well as this one - Leeds United legend Eddie Gray.

The mazy-dribbling Scotland international left winger was a key part of Don Revie's great team of the late 1960s and early 1970s, went on to manage the club and now works as a match summariser.