Report and highlights, as Marcelo Biel's side slipped to third place
Last updated: 06/04/19 20:41
Leeds' automatic promotion hopes suffered a damaging setback when they lost 1-0 in Birmingham and defeated five consecutive defeats.
Blues striker Che Adams once again proved to be Leeds' Tormentor when he scored his 22nd goal of the season in the 29th minute and coach Garry Monk scored twice against his former club this season.
Adams scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Leeds at Elland Road in September.
Birmingham had entered the relegation battle after a miserable run and a relegation battle after nine penalties, but the victory over Leeds has given the survival hopes a big boost.
Unlike Birmingham's recent run, Leeds had won four of their last five games, but they struggled to find such a form against City.
It was Leeds who was looking for a quick break and was almost rewarded after just two minutes.
Tyler Roberts stormed out from the middle of the midfield to collect a ball from Patrick Bamford.
Birmingham struggled to develop their own threat until the 18th minute, when Jacques Maghoma forced a corner that Lukas Jutkiewicz brought from six yards into the next corner.
After a relatively modest start, the game suddenly came to life within a few seconds.
Leeds seemed to be in the lead as Bamford hit Luke Ayling's right flank, but his shot from close range bounced off the post and gratefully entered goalkeeper Lee Camp's arms.
Leeds still digested that miss when Birmingham climbed right onto the pitch to break the bag.
Maghoma played a pass over the area, Jutkiewicz let the ball roll on Adams, whose weak drive whistled past goalkeeper Kiko Casilla into the far corner of the goal.
Adams had a chance to grab a second when he faced Leeds defender Pontus Jansson, but his shot lacked the strength to test Casilla.
The Spanish stopper was again forced into the action at the beginning of the second half. This time he knocked off a shot from Jutkiewicz.
Leeds squandered a golden opportunity to equalize after 55 minutes when Stuart Dallas had to cross from the right, only for Bamford, who raised his shot over the bar of six meters.
When Bamford finally hit the goal from a Roberts cross, his header was thrown off camp.
Leeds had the best spell of the match back then, but it could easily have been a heavier defeat for Casilla, who denied Adams twice in the last 10 minutes.
Garry Monk: "We've earned the three points through and through, we've created the best chances in the game and should have this second goal, which is a huge three points for us."
"The performance was very similar to the first game against Leeds when we were defensively doing well, the difference today was that offensive we had a much stronger performance."
Marcelo Bielsa: "Bamford has a great character and personality, and he was better than in the previous game, we could have drawn the game, we could have lost by more goals and we could have won the game,
"We could not take our chances in the moments we were in control, we spent a lot of time on the ball, but we did not take advantage of the opportunities we created."
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