Leeds United 0 Birmingham City 2: Big match analysis

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Check out our at-a-glance match analysis from Leeds United’s clash with Birmingham City at Elland Road.

GOOD DAY FOR...

Luke Murphy tackled by City's Maikel Kietenbeld. PIC: Tony Johnson

Luke Murphy tackled by City's Maikel Kietenbeld. PIC: Tony Johnson

Demarai Gray: This was his sort of match. Leeds gave him ample space to attack and the winger showed again why he is one of the Championship’s most valuable prospects.

His finish before half-time was clinical and it backed United into an anxious corner.

Uwe Rosler needs someone in his squad to offer that level of inspiration.

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BAD DAY FOR...

Uwe Rosler: This is undoubtedly a questionable period for United’s head coach. The second month of the season has not been a good one and his tactics came to nothing against Birmingham.

The truth is that Leeds prefer to play the way City played – but the crowd at Elland Road will always expect Rosler’s side to be on the front foot at home.

He has much to ponder in the international break.

KEY MOMENT

Gray’s lethal finish: The winger did exactly what visiting teams have to do at Elland Road: kill all of United’s momentum, heap the pressure on Rosler’s players and force Leeds to come forward for an equaliser. The gaps in front of Marco Silvestri were huge and City managed to exploit those pockets for a second time at the death. That killer goal was coming.

WHAT THEY SAID

Uwe Rosler: “Inside our dressing room we’re not blaming anybody. We stick together and we have to come up with the answers.”

Gary Rowett: “To get a fantastic result at Brentford and then come up with what was probably our best performance of the season, I’m delighted.”

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