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Birmingham City 1-3 Leeds United

Birmingham v Leeds

Birmingham City dropped into the Championship relegation zone as three second-half goals ensured Leeds United completed a double over their hosts.

Towering striker Matt Smith guided in a neat header to put the Whites ahead.

The Yorkshire side, who won 4-0 in the reverse game, doubled their lead within two minutes when Danny Pugh rifled in.

Blues defender Paul Caddis scored an own goal, before Federico Macheda's late consolation, as Lee Clark's men slipped to third bottom.

Blackpool's 2-0 win at Wigan meant that Birmingham, who have a game in hand over most of their nearest rivals, dropped into the bottom three for the first time since October.

Leeds moved up to 15th with their third win in four matches.

The Blues had started positively, taking the attack to their visitors in the first half but Tom Adeyemi missed their best chance when he floated his shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat.

Despite having most of the play, Birmingham failed to create too many clear-cut chances and were punished after the break when Leeds swept into the lead with two goals in as many minutes through Smith and Pugh.

That demoralised the hosts who fell further behind when Caddis put past his own keeper before Macheda reduced the deficit with a powerful left-footed shot.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It is hurting me and my family. It is affecting the enjoyment of living in a fantastic part of the world. It is not great, so I am prepared to do everything to keep us in the league. I know that I can do it.

"I believe that I have the backing of the players. A bit of nervous tension has crept in and we need to find a way of eradicating this in the last two games.

"Our poor home form is reality. I cannot affect the past but I can the future so why not go out with bang in our last home game against Wigan by winning?

"That would set us up for the last match of the season to give us an opportunity to stay in the league. We were energetic and powerful in the first half but to give away goals like we did you get punished."

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott on rumours that he is about to lose his job:

"These sort of things do not frustrate me or unsettle me. The most important thing is Leeds United and what is best for this football club and what is best to take this club forward. That is the only agenda I've got.

"The future is looking brighter as we have won three of our last four games. We were top five at one stage but we had a lot of things going on with the ownership, which was really difficult.

"These are mitigating circumstances and not excuses. We are now as safe as houses in this league and looking to do well next season."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 17ReillySubstituted forMachedaat 61'minutes
  • 5ThorpeSubstituted forGrayat 90+2'minutes
  • 23Spector
  • 7Burke
  • 36Huws
  • 19Zigic
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 12NovakSubstituted forAllanat 69'minutes


  • 6Martin
  • 9Macheda
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Allan
  • 33Gray


Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Butland
  • 8Austin
  • 16PughSubstituted forWhiteat 88'minutes
  • 5PearceBooked at 32mins
  • 4Lees
  • 22Wootton
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 44McCormack
  • 20SmithSubstituted forHuntat 79'minutes
  • 6MurphySubstituted forMowattat 57'minutes


  • 10Hunt
  • 14White
  • 23Thompson
  • 26Poleon
  • 28Stewart
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Scott Allan (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Scott Allan tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Alex Mowatt went off injured after Leeds United had used all subs.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Tom Thorpe because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Danny Pugh.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Brown.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Allan.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Brown (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Matt Smith.

As It Stood

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