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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."



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 6Edgar
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 18Hancox
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces David Cotterill.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

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

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