Wednesday October 26, 2011 Day 9 Finished St. Andrew's

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  1. Birmingham edge past Leeds

    Birmingham edge past Leeds

    Nikola Zigic's first goal since February's Carling Cup final handed Birmingham a narrow 1-0 victory over Leeds in the Championship More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Leeds United
    • 90+5' The referee blows fulltime on what was a very tight affair at St Andrews. The result moves Birmingham up to eighth, just a point behind Leeds.
    • 90+4' Wood pulls the trigger on the volley at the edge of the area and Rachubka prevents the ball flying into the top corner.
    • 90+3' Maybe not, there are actually five minutes of stoppage time!
    • 90+2' Vayrynen on the penalty spot with a freeheader. It fizzes off his head and goes narrowly wide. He probably should have done better and that should be the last chance of the game.
    • 90+1' Zigic has a chnace to shoot on the edge of the area, but he tries to make his way further into the box and is crowded out.
    • 90' Snodgrass with another corner and it's Lees with a header that's cleared off the line. Beausejour picks up a yellow card for dissent and Leeds with yet another corner.
    • 89' The Leeds fans appeal for a penalty as Beausejour challenges in the area. Snodgrass throws his arms in the air as Foy waves play on.
    • 88' Myhill hasn't had too much to do in this second half, but he reacted very well there to keep his team on top. A match winning save that.
    • 87' White chips the ball to the edge of the area. McCormack hits a beautiful half-volley, which Myhill palms behind with an acrobatic save.
    • 86' McCormack nearly gets on to a Becchio flick on as Davies slips on the wet turf. Danger's averted though, but Leeds are in the ascendency in the last 10 minutes.
    • 85' A collision between O'Dea and Zigic leaves O'Dea on his back on the turf. Play is stopped.
    • 84' Burke goes looking for the penalty as he goes down in the area and Chris Foy was quite rightly having none of it.
    • 83' Howson lays off Snodgrass on the edge of the area. He was leaning back though and slices high and wide on his left foot. A poor effort, but a warning to Birmingham.
    • 82' Caldwell towards Zigic, who heads another good knockdown, which is not far away from finding Wood.
    • 81' McCormack acknowledges the nice idea from Snodgrass, which he didn't anticipate as he stayed rooted to the spot.
    • 79' Leeds Substitution: Vayrynen has come on for Adam Clayton.
    • 78' Wood with a powerful strike, but the wall does it's job. Carr is clipped and it will be another freekick. Beausejour with the deeper set piece, but his ball isn't up to much.
    • 77' Spector Cruyff Turns past a couple of players and is fouled. Freekick in a good position...
    • 76' Zigic finds Wood, but O'Dea just about gets there to nip the ball away from the 19 year old.
    • 75' Snodgrass looks for Becchio, who hasn't realy had a touch since he's come on.
    • 74' Leeds Substitution: Danny Pugh is off for Lloyd Sam.
    • 73' Slip from Connolly allows Beasejour in down the left, but the slip meant there were no Brum attackers in the box.
    • 72' Leeds were knocking on the door until recently, but it's died down for the time being. Leeds will get increasingly desperate from now though as time is rapidly running out.
    • 71' Birmingham Substitution: Marlon King is replaced by the boy Chris Wood.
    • 70' A zipping ball in and Caldwell tries to flick it towards goal. The assistant ref gives a goalkick as it just crosses the line.
    • 69' King inside the penaly area tries to turn inside O'Dea who recovers just in time to prevent the shot coming in and it goes out for a corner.
    • 68' Leesds build another attack through Snodgrass. Beausejour takes the sting out of a cross and Birmingham try to break as King plays forward to Zigic.
    • 67' The inswinger from Burke, but Leeds clear to all the way over the halfway line. McCormack does well to win a throw for his team in opposition half.
    • 66' Fahey with a good ball into Burke. Beausejour with a cheeky liitle nutmeg on Snodgrass who commits the foul and it's in a promising position.
    • 65' Birmingham can't string more than three or four passes together at the moment and aer giving plenty of encouragement to Leeds here.
    • 64' Leeds Substitution: Becchio is replacing Keogh as Grayson looks for more impetus upfront.
    • 62' Pugh tries to get a ball into the penalty area and it's cut out. Snodgrass with the corner, Davies and O'Dea clash and O'Dea goes down. Play is waved on until eventually Leeds win the freekick.
    • 61' Myhill delivers downfield, once again Zigic being the target. A difficult angle faces the big Serbian, but he has a dig anyway and it isn't too far away.
    • 60' Leeds with the first corner of the second half. There are bodies arriving, but it's cleared once, twice and the Blues are standing up well to some concerted pressure at the moment.
    • 59' Spector does well to stay on his feet and moves the ball on to Beausejour, who hits a disappointing cross out on the left hand side.
    • 58' Snodgrass tries to get past Caldwell, who sticks out a long leg to nick the ball away from him.
    • 57' Snodgrass lifts a ball in to the edge of the area. Ridgewell heads away. Leeds fans appeal for a freekick after Burke clashes with Lees, but he's not moved.
    • 56' Caldwell still down and he may have to come off. He's at least receiving treatment on the side of the pitch now as play gets back under way.
    • 55' Caldwell has takesn a bash to the head after challenging Keogh a moment ago. He's receiving treatment at the moment.
    • 54' Leeds on the attack. Keogh on the edge of the penalty area is robbed by Caldwell. Leeds have the throw and are kicking towards their fans in this second half.
    • 53' It's very end to end at the minute as Birmingham now go on the offensive.
    • 52' McCormack tries to bring the ball down on the penalty spot, but can't evade the intentions of Caldwell.
    • 51' Fahey looks fine after picking up that injury at the end of the first half. Clayton tries a flick out to the left, but it wasn't very good, more David Dunne than David Silva and it's out for a throw.
    • 49' Ridgewell can't quite keep the ball in play and Leeds have possession. Snodgrass with a fine effort anf it flies inchs over the bar!
    • 48' Carr surges forward. Burke gets to the edge of the area and unleashes an effort that flies just wide of the far post.
    • 47' Leeds make a bit of a mess of the clearance and Birmingham regain possession. It looks as if Connolly handles the ball, but the ref doesn't blow.
    • 46' Leeds get us back underway. There aer no substitutions as of yet.
    • 45+1' King heads down for Zigic and he strikes a first time left footed effort that Burke gets a touch on, only just going wide. The referee blows for halftime.
    • 45' King with a wonderful cross just ahead of Zigic who was coming in at the back post. Zigic applauds the ball and that was very close.
    • 44' Fahey's back on his feet though he looks to be in some discomfort. He goes off the field and they'll probably give him until halftime.
    • 43' Leeds midway into the Blues half. Connolly gets the ball into the area. It just evades both Lees and McCormack and it's cleared for a corner. Fahey is down in a heap further up the pitch...
    • 42' Ridgewell does really well to cut out a crossfield ball from Clayton. The ball is dinked in towards Keogh and Caldwell cuts it out.
    • 41' Birmingham have taken a while to get going in this match, but are well on top now. It's a bit of a feature in their matches this season.
    • 39' Beausejour lines up like he's going to shoot, but chips the ball towards the far post which no one was expecting and it goes out for a goalkick.
    • 38' Clayton brings down his man and this is probably just within shooting range...
    • 36' Goal! Birmingham 1-0 Leeds - Carr gets the ball into the box. Zigic takes a touch to steady himself andstrikes the ball from inside the area. It takes a deflection and hits the post on it's way into the net.
    • 35' Snodgrass surges forward. He gets it on to his left foot and tries another curler into the far corner, and is blocked.
    • 34' Fahey dinks the ball to the far post, but there's no one to meet it and Rachubka's got plenty of time to clean up.
    • 33' Chanec for Brum to get their lumbering defenders forward with a corner of their own. No one gambles at the far post and it's cleared.
    • 32' Beausejour looks like he might have beemn clipped by Howson, but Foy waves play on. Keogh has a free header from eight yards and it goes miles wide. The flag went up anyway, but it was still poor defending from the Blues.
    • 31' Pugh thinks about the shot, but instead plays it wide. The umpteenth corner of this half goes to Leeds. It will again be takes by Snograss. Headed away by Ridgewell.
    • 30' Zigic back to Fahey, out to Carr, back to Fahey...it's all stuck in the middle for Birmingham and they're struggling to break down the compact Leeds defence.
    • 29' The ball is sent downfield by Rachubka. The Leeds faithful are in full voice and dominating the home crowd in terms of noise.
    • 28' Rachbka holds onto the ball at his near post after good work from Zigic and Beausejour.
    • 27' Spector tries to find Burke with an optimistic ball towards Burke and it unsurprisingly fails to come off.
    • 26' Another effort from Leeds is deflected and it's yet another corner...Myhill claims it on the second attempt and set Brum on the counter.
    • 25' That was an instinctive volley and Myhill did very well to react with a lot of bodies in front of him.
    • 24' Snodgrass to take another corner...it almost finds Lees. Clayton hits a wonderful effort from just outside the box and makes Myhill pull off a brilliant save to concede another corner.
    • 23' Zigic robs Howson in the middle of the pitch, but the referee gives a foul.
    • 22' Ridgwell has made the transition to left back from centre back really well in the last couple of years. You'd have to say defending is still his strong point though.
    • 21' A hefty challenge from O'Dea on Zigic is deemed legal by the ref. Zigic plays a nice ball to Ridgewell, but he doesn't really know what to do when he gets it.
    • 20' Zigic wins another good header, but it's too far ahead of King and it bounces into the arms of Rachubka.
    • 19' The Blues are back in possession and Myhill clears long down the pitch.
    • 18' Connolly goes forward to Snodgrass. Spector and Fahey work hard to force the ball back to Myhill.
    • 17' It's really congested out there as both teams are really condensing the pitch. Zigic arrives, but it's just cleared by the Leeds defence.
    • 15' Leeds with a corner taken by Snodgrass. It goes over the head of Pugh, he retrieves it, but hits it out for a goalkick.
    • 14' A poor backpass form Davies to Myhill puts him underpressure, but he clears it away. Half a chance for Brum as a good cross from Burke only just evades Spector.
    • 13' The ball is played in fron of Carr, but he stays rooted to the spot and it goes out for a throw. Zigic tries to latch on to a through ball from King, but he's not really known for his speed over the ground.
    • 12' Leeds have only picked up two points out of 21 on their last seven visits to St Andrews. A bit surprising really.
    • 10' White comes down the left for Leeds, but they can't make any progress and make their way back to O'Dea. Leeds come back again and they work the ball expertly to Snodgrass on the right and his curling shot goes only just wide of the far corner!
    • 9' Leeds a bit cagey in the opening stages here. They've obviously identified Burke as the danger man here as they keep on doubling up on him whenever he gains the ball.
    • 8' Leeds double up on Burke and it's bundled out for a throw. Pugh measures a cross into the area towards Keogh, but it's cleared.
    • 7' Birmingham looking for their fourth consecutive win here. Leeds have also had a great start to the season. These are two teams that both really should be in the Premier League.
    • 6' Fahey with an optomistic ball through to King. And that was all it was.
    • 5' Birmingham are keeping the ball well and have settled into this game quickly. You suspect this will be a very even game.
    • 4' Rachubka's out only because number one Lonergan has a broken finger.
    • 3' Beausejour takes a second corner...it's decent and Ruchubka comes flying out and completely misses it. It's headed to safety though.
    • 2' The ball drops to King with space in the penalty area and he smashes his shot towards goal. It takes a deflection for a corner.
    • 1' The Blues are kicking from left to right. Zigic is of course going to be a constant target for Brum and it starts already as a long ball is fired towards his head.
    • 19:40 Leeds could potentially go second in the Championship tonight, though they'd have to tonk Birmingham by a six goal margin. Birmingham are all the way down in 14th, though that massively owes to the fact they've played three less games than most others due to their exploits in Europe. Win the three in hand and thy'll be right up there challenging for promotion.
    • 19:34 Simon Grayson on recent changes to his team: “We have been a bit gung-ho over the last few months, possibly due to the personnel we had in the team. But now we are much more solid. No disrespect to Max Gradel but when he and Robert Snodgrass were in the team then it meant us playing with two out-and-out wingers."
    • 19:32 The teams are in - Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Ridgewell, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Beausejour, King, Zigic Subs: Doyle, Murphy, N'Daw, Rooney, Wood///Leeds: Rachubka, Connolly, Lees, O'Dea, White, Clayton, Howson, Snodgrass, Pugh, Keogh, McCormack Subs: Cairns, Kisnorbo, Vayrynen, Becchio, Sam.
    • 19:30 Chris Hughton: We’re on a little bit of a roll and confidence is quite high. Yes, we have games in hand and, albeit they are at home, you have got to win them. We have got Leeds to come, who are in a bit of form themselves...Of course, you want to keep the run going, but it’s very hard to do that. I wouldn’t say it’s a case of us not fearing anybody at the moment. That’s perhaps not the right word. What we do is prepare as well as we can for any team in this league, and in Europe."
    • 19:25 Hello and welcome to Eurosport UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of Birmingham City vs Leeds United from St Andrew's.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Wood pulls the trigger on the volley at the edge of the area and Rachubka prevents the ball flying into the top corner.
    • 90' Snodgrass with another corner and it's Lees with a header that's cleared off the line. Beausejour picks up a yellow card for dissent and Leeds with yet another corner.
    • 87' White chips the ball to the edge of the area. McCormack hits a beautiful half-volley, which Myhill palms behind with an acrobatic save.
    • 49' Ridgewell can't quite keep the ball in play and Leeds have possession. Snodgrass with a fine effort anf it flies inchs over the bar!
    • 36' Goal! Birmingham 1-0 Leeds - Carr gets the ball into the box. Zigic takes a touch to steady himself andstrikes the ball from inside the area. It takes a deflection and hits the post on it's way into the net.
    • 24' Snodgrass to take another corner...it almost finds Lees. Clayton hits a wonderful effort from just outside the box and makes Myhill pull off a brilliant save to concede another corner.
    • 10' White comes down the left for Leeds, but they can't make any progress and make their way back to O'Dea. Leeds come back again and they work the ball expertly to Snodgrass on the right and his curling shot goes only just wide of the far corner!
    • 19:32 The teams are in - Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Ridgewell, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Beausejour, King, Zigic Subs: Doyle, Murphy, N'Daw, Rooney, Wood///Leeds: Rachubka, Connolly, Lees, O'Dea, White, Clayton, Howson, Snodgrass, Pugh, Keogh, McCormack Subs: Cairns, Kisnorbo, Vayrynen, Becchio, Sam.

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