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Leeds United 4-0 Birmingham City

Leeds celebrate during the victory over Birmingham at Elland Road

Leeds emphatically exposed Birmingham's defensive frailties with a comfortable victory at Elland Road.

Blues goalkeeper Darren Randolph's poor clearance from a long ball allowed Ross McCormack to guide a shot into an empty net for the home side's opener.

Rodolph Austin headed in a McCormack cross and Matt Smith then slotted home after Randolph's parried save.

David Murphy's free-kick hit the Leeds post before Smith headed in a fourth for the home side.

Manager Brian McDermott's first defeat as Leeds boss was a loss at Birmingham in April but there was little chance of another reverse this time around.

Leeds had too much quality and determination for the visitors, who did not help themselves with their defensive showing.

Blues centre-back Dan Burn set the tone for his team's play when he missed an interception and left McCormack clean through on goal, but the Leeds forward shot straight at keeper Randolph.

A close range Jason Pearce header went over and McCormack had another effort saved by Randolph as the home side continued to struggle at the back.

However, it was not long before the visiting side's continual sloppy play caught up with them and Leeds were rewarded for their determined efforts.

Keeper Randolph came to the edge of his box to make a clearance but he only managed to find to Austin, who passed for McCormack to guide in a 20-yard effort into an empty net.

Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt almost helped the visitors back in the game when his clearance found Chris Burke but the Blues winger's shot went just wide.

However, the Elland Road side extended their lead when Austin started a move which he finished when he nodded in McCormack's cross.

A McCormack shot was parried by Randolph and Smith was quickest to the loose ball to tuck in a third Leeds goal just before the break.

Birmingham improved in the second half and Burke had a chipped cross cleared off the line by Tom Lees before Nikola Zigic had a shot palmed over by keeper Paddy Kenny and Murphy's free-kick hit the woodwork.

However, Smith thumped in a header from Mowatt's cross to add more gloss to a win which moved Leeds up to ninth.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We managed to get some width into the team today and that was important.

"My teams have always had width, as anyone who saw Reading when I was there will tell you.

"We spoke beforehand about having a winning mentality. The more games you play, the more you learn how to win and today we got closer to where we want to be."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"I don't do excuses, I do reality. I will never tell anyone what I tell players in the dressing room but we are all disappointed.

"That is not acceptable to the badge on the front of the jersey.

"We didn't do anything right in the first half and our defending by the whole 11 was very poor.

"Our passing and forward play were very average in the first half, so it was a frustrating afternoon and we got what we deserved."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 25Byram
  • 15WarnockBooked at 57mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 22Wootton
  • 4Lees
  • 6Murphy
  • 36Mowatt
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 8AustinSubstituted forBrownat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 11Varney
  • 16Pugh
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 3Murphy
  • 4Robinson
  • 6BurnSubstituted forShinnieat 45'minutes
  • 5BartleyBooked at 62mins
  • 15Elliott
  • 20Lee
  • 12NovakSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutes
  • 7Burke
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
21,301

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 4, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 4, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Chris Burke tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Rodolph Austin.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

  13. Post update

    Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Matt Smith (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th October 2013

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley129212271529
2QPR118301441027
3Leicester128221912726
4Nottm Forest126512012823
5Blackpool12651149523
6Reading126421911822
7Watford1263324141021
8Derby125342420418
9Leeds125251413117
10Bournemouth125251925-617
11Blackburn124351714315
12Ipswich124351816215
13Wigan104241411314
14Huddersfield123541412214
15Brighton123541112-114
16Middlesbrough122641921-212
17Doncaster113351116-512
18Millwall123361425-1112
19Charlton11245914-510
20Birmingham123181319-610
21Bolton121651019-99
22Barnsley122281429-158
23Sheff Wed110741117-67
24Yeovil12138618-126
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