Birmingham City continued their fine form of late last night picking up another three points to take their total of 'wins in a row' to a magnificent six in all competitons; this time against an in-form Leeds United side, after a tough battling performance from Chris Hughton’s men.
Blues found it hard to break down their opponents who were defending as a unit and looking to score on the break, and therefore created limited chances in what was an even opening to the game. The best chance of the game fell to Leeds’ Adam Clayton, who shot a powerful volley which looked to be going in until Boaz Myhill, on fine form of late, pulled off a magnificent save to keep the score at 0-0.
Leeds continued to press and looked to be a threat for Blues, but the resilient defence kept them at bay, and it was Blues who got the first, and only, goal of the game just ten minutes before half time. Stephen Carr’s cross found Nikola Zigic who controlled before slotting the ball into the net before running away in a relieved celebration. If ever there was a man who deserved to score after the chances he’s had of late, it was Zigic.
It was the home side who had the better of the game from then on. Chris Burke worked relentlessly down the right wing for the whole 90 minutes but his tireless work failed to produce another Blues goal, both substitute Chris Wood and Marlon King came close to doubling the advantage for Blues several times.
A late surge from Leeds meant the Blues faithful had to hold their breath, and a fine shot from Ross McCormack was expertly saved by Myhill who was determind to keep a clean sheet, and along with his defence, they made sure that Blues came away from the game with three points, a clean sheet and their sixth victory in a row in all competitions.
Not all victories in The Championship are straight forward or pretty to watch; last night was a match contested between two teams who will both be up there come the end of the season, and although Blues had to slug it out for the majority of the game, they got the win and that’s all that matters. Chris Hughton, you’ve done it again!
Full Time: BLUES 1-0 Leeds United
Goal Scorers: Zigic (35)
Star Man: Chris Burke; once again a tireless performance from the winger
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