Leeds United v Birmingham City: Warnock admits Leeds are lacking

Neil Warnock.

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LEEDS United manager Neil Warnock admitted his side needed reinforcements following the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Birmingham City.

Leroy Lita’s spectacular long distance strike provided the perfect 40th birthday present for Birmingham manager Lee Clark as Leeds failed to score for the first time this season.

A match sadly lacking in quality cried out for something special and Lita, on loan from Swansea, provided it with 14 minutes left as his searing drive sped just inside the left post to earn the Blues only their second away win of the season.

Warnock admitted: “We need a bit of help just now - a couple of new faces to come into the squad, but there is not a lot wrong. I don’t think we deserved to lose.

“The lads gave a much better performance in the second half. We lacked a bit of pace in the final third but I enjoyed it more than the other night when we drew with Charlton. The final pass was missing today and there were too many free-kicks into the keeper’s hands.

“You need a bit of luck. Their keeper didn’t even see Rodolph Austin’s shot which hit his leg in the first half as he was moving the wrong way.

“Then we were beaten by a world-beater. You don’t expect someone to shoot from there.

“The players gave me everything. It may not have been good enough at times but I have no complaints.”

Birmingham boss Clark enthused: “The beer will certainly taste sweeter tonight, that’s for sure.

“I have family and friends coming down and they were hoping I would get a good result because they know what I am like when we lose. They didn’t want a soppy faced 40-year-old hanging around them.”

Clark was delighted with his team.

“The first half set the tone,” he said.

“We dictated the tempo and did what we set out to do by nullifying the crowd. Leeds came at us a bit more in the second half but the lads stood strong and defended well.”

Clark also revealed that he was screaming at Lita to pass before the striker unleashed his rocket-like winner.

Clark added: “We are working on trying to keep him. He is on loan until mid-December so he has to go back for a couple of weeks but his future is something we are pursuing.”

Marlon King rattled the Leeds bar two minutes from time, leaving home fans to boo their team from the field at the end.

Even El-Hadji Diouf lacked his usual assurance on the ball and there was an unsavoury first half incident when a bottle was thrown from the Birmingham fans’ section as the Senegal international took a corner.

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