Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 1: Big match analysis

Billy Sharp goes past Birmingham's Neil Eardley. PIC: Simon Hulme
Billy Sharp goes past Birmingham's Neil Eardley. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Check out Phil Hay’s at-a-glance assessment of Leeds United’s clash with Birmingham City at St Andrews.

GOOD DAY

Alex Mowatt. His grandfather passed away not so long ago and Mowatt’s goal on Saturday was dedicated to him. It’s pleasing to see him back in vogue and playing in patches like he did when he first broke through last season. There’s no reason why he should be peripheral, regardless of how many signings have been made.

BAD DAY

Giuseppe Bellusci. An expensive recruit and someone Cellino would want the defence to be built around.

His mind drifted in the moments before City scored and he was at the centre of the late penalty decision.

KEY MOMENT

The penalty that wasn’t. Gray seemed to go down easily as Bellusci clipped him and ref Duncan wasn’t impressed by the foul at all. It was always likely to be a decision which Birmingham raged about and Leeds applauded. You could have argued about it all night.

KEY QUOTES

Lee Clark. “If the penalty had been given then we’d have scored it. I’ve seen it again and the defender doesn’t touch the ball. The only way Demarai can avoid the defender is by jumping 10 feet out of the way.”

Neil Redfearn. “The really pleasing thing is that we got on the ball for 90 minutes. We passed our way out of trouble and the reason we got a point was because we were brave. The more the players get used to this, the more they’ll get on top of teams.”

Liam Cooper. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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