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  • Date:31 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Elland Road
  • Attendance:19,628
  • McCormack (18)
  • Zigic (30)
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    Zigic (63) Zigic (67)
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Live Commentary

92mins

Corner taken short by Jordon Mutch.

90mins

Shot by Nathan Redmond from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

89mins

Zac Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Redmond. David Murphy takes the direct free kick.

88mins

Curtis Davies challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick. Curtis Davies goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

85mins

Adam Rooney fouled by Darren O'Dea, the ref awards a free kick. Jordon Mutch takes the direct free kick. Booking for Darren O'Dea for unsporting behaviour.

83mins

The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

80mins

Nathan Redmond replaces Morgaro Gomis.

76mins

Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner. Foul by David Murphy on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

75mins

Unfair challenge on Adam Rooney by Zac Thompson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordon Mutch.

74mins

Centre by Chris Burke, Zac Thompson makes a clearance.

73mins

Keith Fahey concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Fabian Delph takes the indirect free kick. Andros Townsend takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

72mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Steven Caldwell. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.

67mins

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Leeds 1-4 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Jordon Mutch. Adam Rooney comes on in place of Nikola Zigic.

66mins

The referee blows for offside against Luciano Becchio. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

64mins

Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Leeds 1-3 Birmingham.Assist by Morgaro Gomis.

62mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Snodgrass on Jonathan Spector. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

61mins

Nikola Zigic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.

60mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luciano Becchio. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

60mins

Adam Clayton fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

59mins

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

57mins

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.

57mins

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

56mins

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Morgaro Gomis manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.

54mins

Foul by Luciano Becchio on Steven Caldwell, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

52mins

Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, save by Boaz Myhill.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by David Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

49mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Fabian Delph. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.

48mins

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan.

46mins

Centre by David Murphy, clearance by Tom Lees.

46mins

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Darren O'Dea makes a clearance.

43mins

Wade Elliott challenges Tom Lees unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.

42mins

Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Ross McCormack results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

41mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on Wade Elliott. Keith Fahey takes the indirect free kick.

39mins

Zac Thompson produces a cross, save by Boaz Myhill.

39mins

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

36mins

Foul by Jonathan Spector on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. The referee shows Jonathan Spector a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, Tom Lees has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

32mins

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line. Fabian Delph has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

31mins

Nikola Zigic grabs a headed goal from close in. Leeds 1-1 Birmingham.Wade Elliott provided the assist for the goal.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Zac Thompson. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

29mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

27mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Andros Townsend. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

25mins

A cross is delivered by Andros Townsend, save by Boaz Myhill.

23mins

Zac Thompson challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.

23mins

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

19mins

Ross McCormack scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-0 Birmingham.

17mins

Effort on goal by Wade Elliott from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar. Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line played to the near post. Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line played to the near post. Effort on goal by Chris Burke from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

16mins

Shot by Chris Burke. Save made by Andy Lonergan.

12mins

Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.

11mins

The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance. Nikola Zigic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.

10mins

Shot by Robert Snodgrass from 12 yards. Save by Boaz Myhill.

6mins

The referee blows for offside. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Luciano Becchio has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

Match Preview

Rogers may wait for Whites bow Leeds striker Robbie Rogers may have to wait a little longer for his first appearance when Birmingham visit Elland Road. The USA international, signed earlier this month from Columbus Crew, is available following the completion of paperwork, but has only recently returned from America and has trained for two days. The 24-year-old could be named on the substitutes' bench. Manager Simon Grayson is expected to hand midfielder Fabian Delph his second start since returning to the club on loan from Aston Villa, while another loanee, Tottenham's Andros Townsend, is hoping to retain his place in the side. Striker Luciano Becchio could return to the starting line-up after stepping off the bench to score in the home win over Ipswich in Leeds' last match. Centre-half Paddy Kisnorbo remains sidelined with a season-ending knee injury, but Grayson has no new injury or suspension problems. Birmingham could recall captain Stephen Carr and joint top-scorer Marlon King. Full-back Carr (knee) has not featured since mid-December but has returned to training. King, who has nine npower Championship goals this season, came off in the Blues' last league game with a groin complaint and did not travel to the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United. Striker Adam Rooney shone in King's absence with two goals in the 4-0 victory and may start up front again. Defender Liam Ridgewell, who has been linked to a host of clubs with the impending closure of the transfer window, was not in manager Chris Hughton's squad that day despite fully recovering from a hamstring problem. Midfielder Guirane N'Daw is unlikely to feature despite Senegal's elimination from the African Nations Cup as he was in their squad for their 2-1 defeat to Libya on Sunday.

Formation:442Manager: Simon Grayson

Leeds

Formation: 451Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

  • Andy Lonergan
  • Zac Thompson
  • Tom Lees
  • Darren O'Dea
  • Aidan White
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Adam Clayton
  • Fabian Delph
  • Andros Townsend
  • Luciano Becchio
  • Ross McCormack
  • SUBS
  • Maik Taylor
  • Alex Bruce
  • Michael Brown
  • Danny Pugh
  • Ramon Nunez

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Match Report

Zigic hits four as Blues cruise Nikola Zigic scored all four goals as Birmingham cranked up the pressure on their npower Championship promotion rivals with a thumping 4-1 victory at Leeds - their sixth straight win. The beanpole Serbian striker cancelled out Leeds striker Ross McCormack's 19th-minute opener with a first-half header and struck three times in seven minutes in the second period as Chris Hughton's rampant Blues ran riot. Leeds fans, who saw their side beaten 5-1 at Elland Road by Blackpool in November, turned on chairman Ken Bates soon after Zigic headed home his fourth in the 68th minute. He was forced off after landing awkwardly, but the damage was done as Birmingham extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches. Luciano Becchio and defender Aidan White returned for Leeds, but there was no place in the squad for deadline day loan signing Adam Smith, from Tottenham, while another recent recruit, USA international Robbie Rogers, was not included. Birmingham, beaten only once since exiting the Europa League in December, made three changes, with goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, midfielder Keith Fahey and Zigic recalled. Leeds twice threatened to take the lead in only the second minute when Becchio's goalbound header and then McCormack's shot were both blocked on the goalline. Becchio then wasted another golden chance to give Leeds a flying start, sidefooting wide with just keeper Boaz Myhill to beat after being played through by McCormack. But McCormack gave the Elland Road crowd a huge lift in the 19th minute when skipping too easily past Blues defender Curtis Davies and arrowing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Leeds' hard work was undone by a soft equaliser in the 31st minute. Wade Elliott was afforded too much space to cross from the left and Zigic slipped his marker to steer home an easy header. Becchio was denied a spectacular goal from 30 yards only by Myhill's acrobatics in the 57th minute. But just as Leeds began to force the issue Zigic blasted Birmingham into a 61st-minute lead. Chris Burke raced on to a crossfield pass and turned left-back White inside out before cutting the ball back for Zigic to fire high into the net. Three minutes later the Serb headed home his hat-trick. Morgaro Gomis crossed from the left after another swift passing move and Zigic was free to regally head home the visitors' third goal. Elliott forced Andy Lonergan into a fine save with a header as the Blues smelt blood and from the resulting corner Zigic rose highest to power home his fourth and all but seal another win for Hughton's rampant side. Zigic fell awkwardly and left the field to tumultuous applause from the travelling Blues fans. The Elland Road kop turned on chairman Bates and the visiting supporters chanted: 'You're getting sacked in the morning' to dejected manager Simon Grayson as Leeds' season appears to be fading fast.

Form Guide

    LLLWDW
  • Leeds
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • DWDWWW

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Leeds
  • 26/10/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Leeds

  • R McCormack 12
  • R Snodgrass 9
  • A Clayton 5
  • L Becchio 4
  • D Pugh 2
  • D O'Dea 2
  • T Lees 2
  • RF Nunez 1

Birmingham

  • M King 7
  • C Burke 7
  • C Davies 5
  • N Zigic 4
  • A Rooney 2
  • N Redmond 2
  • K Fahey 1
  • D Murphy 1

Goals

Leeds

    • Total goals 81
    • Goals per game 43
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 80
    • Goals per game 42
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 17 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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