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Birmingham City 1-2 Leeds United

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at St Andrew's
Leeds players celebrate Stuart Dallas' opener against Birmingham
Stuart Dallas doubled his tally for the season with a goal in each half at St Andrew's.

Birmingham City's slim Championship play-off hopes faded even further as a goal in each half from Stuart Dallas earned Leeds United victory.

He fired in from the edge of the box on 11 minutes before doing the same from slightly further out with another low, right-foot shot on 53 minutes.

Blues top scorer Clayton Donaldson pulled a goal back three minutes later.

But that was all they could manage against a side reduced to 10 men in injury time when Alex Mowatt saw red.

Birmingham, who remain nine points adrift of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, had failed to win in five games prior to Saturday's victory at Reading.

That weekend win had suddenly rekindled play-off hopes and Blues began the night knowing that they had the chance to reduce the gap to six points.

Their task was made a whole lot harder when Dallas fired the first of his two goals into the bottom left corner.

But his second proved the killer blow, despite the home side pulling one back within three minutes.

Donaldson hooked home his ninth goal of the season after Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri did well to keep out David Cotterill's powerful shot.

That gave Blues more than half an hour to level but substitute Diego Fabbrini's wild shot over the bar from six yards was the closest they came to an equaliser.

Mowatt's red card for a late tackle on Ryan Shotton came too late to matter, as Blues slumped to only a second home defeat in 12 games.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "There was a little chance (of the play-offs) but the main emphasis was for us to win games - particularly this one as it was our game in hand.

"The first half was poor and as disjointed on the ball as we have looked all season. In the second half we livened up and we started to play the way I know we can and we dominated the whole half.

"When we are at it we are a match for everyone. If we drop away by 5-10%, we are just ok."

Leeds head coach Steve Evans: "We will appeal the sending-off. He slid in with his feet on the floor and it is a yellow card at best.

"But I would prefer to concentrate more on our performance which was very, very good.

"All the offensive players in the first half caused problems. The disappointing thing was that it was only 1-0 at half-time and not more."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Legzdins
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8GleesonSubstituted forToralat 61'minutes
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forFabbriniat 76'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 9Donaldson
  • 25LaffertyBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 7Fabbrini
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 29Kuszczak

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 28BerardiBooked at 32mins
  • 3BambaBooked at 90mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 15DallasSubstituted forCarayolat 83'minutes
  • 8MurphySubstituted forBellusciat 88'minutes
  • 16Diagouraga
  • 23L Cook
  • 7AntenucciSubstituted forMowattat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 5Bellusci
  • 10Mowatt
  • 18Carayol
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Phillips
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
16,081

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

  4. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral with a through ball.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Booking

    Sol Bamba (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sol Bamba (Leeds United).

  12. Booking

    Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Mustapha Carayol (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Giuseppe Bellusci replaces Luke Murphy.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Mustapha Carayol replaces Stuart Dallas because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough41257957263182
2Burnley412214564333180
3Brighton412115558391978
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham411611144641559
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading411312164648-251
15Leeds411215144150-951
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest411113173643-746
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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