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Leeds United 2-0 Birmingham City

Samuel Saiz
Samuel Saiz has scored two goals in six Championship games this season

Goals from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas helped Leeds beat Birmingham City to move top of the Championship.

Saiz tapped in the rebound from a yard out after David Stockdale had saved Pierre Michel-Lasogga's fierce strike.

City full-back Maxime Colin had a header cleared off the line just before the break, while Stockdale reacted brilliantly to deny Lasogga.

Birmingham created a number of chances, but Dallas secured three points for the hosts with a late left-footed strike.

Harry Redknapp's Blues could consider themselves unfortunate not to have taken a point from the game, with Michael Morrison and Sam Gallagher both going close to scoring in the first half.

Jason Lowe also had a goal correctly ruled out for offside in the second period as Birmingham fell to a fourth successive league defeat.

Leeds' resilience saw them extend their unbeaten start to the season to nine games, while goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald has kept clean sheets in each of his past six league games.

Saiz's opening goal was his sixth in eight games since joining Leeds from SD Huesca in July, and the Spaniard could have made the points safe earlier, only to be denied by another fine Stockdale save.

Instead it was left to Northern Ireland international Dallas to settle Leeds' fans nerves with his his first goal at Elland Road since March 2016.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen:

"If you tell me it's the last game and we're in that position [first place] I would be happy, proud and all that you can say about that.

"But right now, don't give me anything. It puts a bit more pressure on the team because everyone now wants to beat Leeds.

"The performance was not the best, but if you still take the three points you have to be proud. What we have done until now is a high level."

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp:

"We completely dominated the second half. It was one-way traffic, wasn't it?

"We just couldn't get a break when we needed it and then obviously, we're pushing six forwards up the pitch to try and get a goal and you get done on the counter-attack.

"I've got a new team. I changed a team that wasn't good enough, but I didn't get them in for the start of the season. People need to be patient. They've got players here now who can take them on to another level."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperSubstituted forBerardiat 69'minutes
  • 8Anita
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 79mins
  • 14O'Kane
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forRoofeat 60'minutes
  • 21Sáiz
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDallasat 80'minutes
  • 9Lasogga

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 7Roofe
  • 11Grot
  • 15Dallas
  • 22Cibicki
  • 25Vieira
  • 28Berardi

Birmingham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 12Dean
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 5Colin
  • 21LoweBooked at 73mins
  • 27JotaSubstituted forWalshat 80'minutes
  • 17Ndoye
  • 26DavisSubstituted forMaghomaat 80'minutes
  • 20Boga
  • 18GallagherBooked at 53minsSubstituted forAdamsat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 4Roberts
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14Adams
  • 19Maghoma
  • 24Walsh
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,507

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

  5. Booking

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 2, Birmingham City 0. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

  8. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Jason Lowe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Walsh (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeremie Boga.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Pablo Hernández.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Liam Walsh replaces Jota.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces David Davis.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds75201421217
2Cardiff7511116516
3Sheff Utd750285315
4Wolves7421117414
5Preston733162412
6Sheff Wed733196312
7Ipswich6402108212
8Nottm Forest74031011-112
9Middlesbrough732273411
10QPR7322109111
11Derby6312107310
12Bristol City7241119210
13Norwich7223712-58
14Fulham61415417
15Hull6213121207
16Barnsley62138807
17Reading621356-17
18Aston Villa714279-27
19Millwall713310916
20Sunderland7124611-55
21Burton7124414-105
22Birmingham711539-64
23Brentford7034611-53
24Bolton7025414-102
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