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  • Date:26 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:21,426
Goal!

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94:29 +4.29

Chris Burke is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

93:47 +3.47

Short corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line.

93:33 +3.33

Effort from 18 yards by Chris Wood. Save by Paul Rachubka.

92:13 +2.13

Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

90:47 +0.47

A cross is delivered by Paul Connolly.

89:48

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Sam, Mika Vayrynen produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

88:34

Darren O'Dea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

87:47

Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Howson. Jean Beausejour goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Mika Vayrynen takes the free kick.

87:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Chris Burke manages to make a clearance.

85:54

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

85:41

Ross McCormack takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Boaz Myhill.

81:42

Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

79:53

Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Mika Vayrynen results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.

78:26

Jonathan Howson delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

77:30

Aidan White concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

76:37

Adam Clayton goes off and Mika Vayrynen comes on.

74:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Darren O'Dea. Chris Wood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Tom Lees. Aidan White challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

72:44

Lloyd Sam is brought on as a substitute for Danny Pugh.

72:10

The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour.

69:19

Chris Wood replaces Marlon King.

68:55

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

68:31

Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line.

67:27

Centre by Paul Connolly, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

65:21

Danny Pugh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Burke, Jonathan Howson makes a clearance.

62:35

Andrew Keogh goes off and Luciano Becchio comes on.

62:25

Chris Burke is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Darren O'Dea.

62:17

A cross is delivered by Aidan White, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.

61:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Lees by Marlon King. Free kick taken by Tom Lees.

60:21

Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner. Centre by Jonathan Howson, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

59:43

Shot from deep inside the area by Nikola Zigic clears the bar.

58:11

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

57:33

Centre by Jean Beausejour, comfortable save by Paul Rachubka.

56:00

A cross is delivered by Aidan White, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.

55:47

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

54:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Nikola Zigic. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.

51:16

Tom Lees sends in a cross, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.

48:44

Robert Snodgrass produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

47:11

Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

46:48 +1.48

Shot from 12 yards by Nikola Zigic. Paul Rachubka makes a save.

46:15 +1.15

Foul by Andrew Keogh on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

44:55

Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Tom Lees.

44:50

Marlon King crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Connolly.

42:31

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Keogh produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

42:25

Centre by Paul Connolly, clearance by Stephen Carr.

39:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Ross McCormack. Adam Clayton restarts play with the free kick.

37:06

Ross McCormack challenges Marlon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jean Beausejour takes the free kick.

36:58

A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr.

36:04

Jonathan Spector fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

34:58

A goal is scored by Nikola Zigic from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Leeds.Assist on the goal came from Stephen Carr.

33:57

Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

32:54

A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, save by Paul Rachubka.

31:54

Jonathan Spector fouled by Aidan White, the ref awards a free kick. Jean Beausejour crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Darren O'Dea.

30:58

Andrew Keogh is caught offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

29:57

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

29:14

Drilled right-footed shot by Marlon King. Blocked by Tom Lees.

26:17

Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Paul Rachubka makes a fantastic save.

25:27

Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.

24:57

Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

24:40

Ross McCormack takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stephen Carr gets a block in.

24:06

Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

23:46

Corner taken short by Andrew Keogh.

23:29

Adam Clayton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

23:21

The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.

22:52

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

22:46

Aidan White sends in a cross, clearance by Jonathan Spector.

22:16

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Pugh. Tom Lees takes the free kick.

21:21

Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

16:45

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Pugh.

16:37

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

14:41

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.

14:28

Robert Snodgrass takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

14:09

Chris Burke produces a cross, Jonathan Howson makes a clearance.

13:57

Paul Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

10:31

Robert Snodgrass produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

9:26

Ross McCormack is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

8:18

The ball is crossed by Danny Pugh. Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

7:51

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Tom Lees makes a clearance.

3:59

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell.

3:24

Andrew Keogh is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

2:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour.

1:41

Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, clearance by Aidan White.

1:23

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Marlon King takes a shot. Tom Lees gets a block in.

0:41

The official flags Ross McCormack offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

Match Preview

Blues waiting on Davies news Curtis Davies needs a late fitness test ahead of Birmingham's npower Championship clash with Leeds. The centre-half returned from a month out with a knee injury in Sunday's 2-0 win at Bristol City but picked up a leg knock. Boss Chris Hughton is hopeful Davies will be fit, especially as Pablo Ibanez is unlikely to be rushed back into action. The Spaniard was replaced by Davies at Ashton Gate after suffering concussion during the Europa League win at Club Brugge last Thursday. Midfielder Jordan Mutch is still three to four weeks away from a return from the ankle injury with has kept him out since August. Hughton's side have won their last five matches in all competitions and lie seven points off the automatic promotion places with three games in hand. Leeds will check on Robert Snodgrass. The Scotland winger was a late withdrawal from the squad which travelled to Peterborough on Saturday due to a back problem. Finland midfielder Mika Vayrynen was handed his full league debut at London Road in place of Snodgrass, but he was replaced early in the second half by Lloyd Sam. If Snodgrass is fit, he is likely to be the only change from the side which started the dramatic 3-2 win. Paul Rachubka continues in goal with Andy Lonergan out for six weeks having suffered a fractured finger. Simon Grayson's side head to St Andrew's on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Formation:442Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

Formation: 442Manager: Simon Grayson

Leeds

  • Boaz Myhill
  • Stephen Carr
  • Steven Caldwell
  • Curtis Davies
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Chris Burke
  • Keith Fahey
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Marlon King
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Colin Doyle
  • David Murphy
  • Guirane N'Daw
  • Adam Rooney
  • Chris Wood

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Match Report

Blues grateful for rare Zigic strike Nikola Zigic's first goal since February's Carling Cup final handed Birmingham a narrow 1-0 victory over Leeds and extended their winning sequence to six games in all competitions. In an encounter between the npower Championship's two most in-form teams a single goal was always likely to settle matters, and so it proved as the 6ft 8in Serbian - troubled by groin and hip injuries since the club's Wembley triumph over Arsenal - fired home after 35 minutes. Blues goalkeeper Boaz Myhill had earlier kept Blues on level terms with an impressive save to keep out Adam Clayton's vicious volley before again coming to the hosts' rescue late on to tip over Ross McCormack's long-range effort. Zigic and substitute Chris Wood brought good saves from Paul Rachubka, otherwise there was little serious threat to the scoreline amid what remained an intriguing and hard-fought clash. Defeat ended fifth-placed Leeds' seven-match unbeaten league record and moved Chris Hughton's side to within a point of them. Wins in their two games would take the Blues up to into second. Referee Chris Foy was taking charge at St Andrew's in what was his first match since coming under fire from Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas for his officiating in QPR's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory on Sunday. Speaking in the build-up Birmingham boss Hughton said the contest was "as tough a test as we'll have all season" - and it was his side who started on the front foot. However, Leeds enjoyed the first real opening of the encounter after 11 minutes when fit-again Scotland international Robert Snodgrass - United's only change - fired across goal and wide from 15 yards. Blues were indebted to a genuine save of the season contender from Myhill after 24 minutes, the on-loan West Brom goalkeeper somehow palming Clayton's stinging volley over the crossbar. And it was proved all the more crucial shortly after the hour mark as Birmingham took the lead through Zigic. Stephen Carr broke down the right and delivered a cross which was not cleared by the Leeds defence and the ball found its way to the towering marksman who controlled and shot, seeing the ball take a deflection off Paul Connolly before beating Rachubka. And Zigic was denied what would have been a crucial second on the stroke of half-time as Rachubka used his feet to block well. Chris Burke fired narrowly wide for Blues after the restart before Snodgrass drilled over from distance. As the second half wore on it was Leeds who were again forcing the issue as they chased their first point of any kind at St Andrew's since 1988, although Myhill remained largely untested. Having weathered the pressure Birmingham briefly took the game to Leeds, but it was the visitors who soon turned the screw once more as the clash entered the closing stages. Myhill turned over McCormack's strike from distance in the 86th minute before substitute Chris Wood saw a shot of his own parried over the crossbar by Rachubka in injury-time, leaving Birmingham to maintain their unbeaten home record in the league at St Andrew's, where they have still conceded just on goal this term.

Form Guide

    WLDWWW
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Leeds
  • WDWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Leeds
  • 27/02/2007
  • Leeds
  • 3 - 2
  • Birmingham
  • 23/09/2006
  • Leeds
  • 1 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 14/01/1989
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 0
  • Leeds
  • 22/11/1988
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 0
  • Leeds
  • 06/05/1988
  • Leeds
  • 4 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 05/12/1987

Top Scorers

Birmingham

  • C Wood 8
  • C Burke 4
  • K Fahey 1
  • C Davies 1
  • A Rooney 1

Leeds

  • R McCormack 9
  • A Clayton 3
  • D Pugh 2
  • A Keogh 2
  • D O'Dea 2
  • T Lees 2
  • R Snodgrass 1
  • RF Nunez 1
  • L Becchio 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 30
    • Goals per game 17
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Leeds

    • Total goals 37
    • Goals per game 24
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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