Leeds United v Birmingham City: Honours even in five previous meetings

Chris Wood celebrates his second goal, and 25th of the season, against 
Birmingham City in March 2017. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)
Chris Wood celebrates his second goal, and 25th of the season, against Birmingham City in March 2017. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)
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The Whites will hope to march on once more as they face Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Elland Road tonight.

Here, the Yorkshire Evening Post takes a look back at the last five meetings between Leeds United and Birmingham City.

Michael Morrison celebrates his winning goal for Birmingham City the last time they visited Elland Road to take on 
Leeds United (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Michael Morrison celebrates his winning goal for Birmingham City the last time they visited Elland Road to take on Leeds United (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

1. Leeds United 1-1 Birmingham City (17th January 2015 - League)

Luke Murphy’s late strike for Leeds denied the visitors from snatching all three points after Paul Caddis’ early penalty.

The Whites looked the more likely to break the deadlock but Steve Morison was unable to convert from close range. It was the visitors who went in front after that Caddis penalty.

Both sides came close after the break, Morison and Clayton Donaldson’s headers both hitting the woodwork.

With four minutes to go, the home side pushed for an equaliser and got their reward, Sam Byram’s cross was not cleared, only to find it’s way to Luke Murphy who fired home, much to the relief of the Leeds faithful. The draw saw Leeds jump above Rotherham into 20th place and meant that Birmignham were nine points adrift of the play-off places.

2. Leeds United 0-2 Birmingham City (3rd October 2015 - League)

Birmingham proved to be too much this time for hosts Leeds United as Gary Rowett’s side maintained their ubeaten record away from home. Demarai Gray took advantage of a fortunate ricochet to fire the Blues in front on the half-hour mark.

Leeds fought back and came close to levelling things up but brilliant keeping from Thomas Kuszczak denied Stuart Dallas. The frustration continued as Cook was denied Leeds’ best chance of the game after being played through with only the keeper to beat.

The visitors sealed the game late on after Jacques Maghoma’s low effort was enough to beat the keeper. The result meant that seven points seperated the two after ten games, with Birmingham in fourth.

3. Birmingham City 1-2 Leeds United (12th April 2016 - League)

Stuart Dallas’ double saw Leeds claim their first win over Birmingham in three league matches. Dallas’ first goal gave the Whites an early advantage in the 11th minute, after he was allowed time to fire a low shot into the bottom left corner.

Leeds started strongly in the second half and were in cruise control when Dallas beat the keeper again, this time from further out. Clayton Donaldson pulled one back three minutes later after Dave Cotteril’s shot.

Diego Fabbrini’s sitter from six yards gave Leeds a nervy last few minutes, as well as Alex Mowatt being sent off for a late tackle. This didn’t overshadow a resilient away performance from leeds, as they shattered Birmingham’s hopes of promotion.

4. Leeds United 1-2 Birmingham City (13th August 2016 - League)

Leeds United’s start under Garry Monk suffered another blow after Birmingham won at Elland Road for the second season in a row. A bizzare goal was credited to Jacques Maghoma after a collision with Rob Green to give the away side an early advantage.

Hadi Sacko’s shot was fumbled by Tomasz Kusczcak meaning the teams were level again. One error led to another,

Leeds’ disastrous defending gifted Birmingham their second goal after they failed to deal with Jonathan Grounds’ cross, allowing Michael Morrison to lash home for the winning goal.

With three shots on target in two games, there was much to learn under new boss Monk.

5. Birmingham City 1-3 Leeds United (3rd March 2017 - League)

Chris Wood continued his fine goalscoring form to condemn Birmingham to their third home defeat in four matches. In the 14th minute, Wood took advantage of a mistake to lob the ball cooly over the keeper.

The Blues had chances to level and nearly did from Robert Tesche’s shot which came off the bar with Robert Green stranded. The hosts responded after constant pressure after Gardner’s curling effort, but, not for long.

Kalvin Phillips’ pull back was laid on a plate for Wood after a slip from Dacres-Cogley. Shortly after a swift counter-attack was finished off by Alfonso Pedraza with a powerful strike across the keeper.

The win saw the Whites move a point behind rivals Huddersfield at the top end of the table.

Leeds United fans celebrate their victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road. (Picture: PA)

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