Heidi Haigh's Monday blog and how delighted she was with the excellent win and 'gritty' performance.
Superb as usual. Thank you.
Defensive stalwart Kyle Bartley paid tribute to both Rob Green and Chris Wood.
On Green; "Greeny's really come into his own in the last month or six weeks. He's been a great voice and his experience has shone through. I think he's proving how good he is, from where I was it looked a really good penalty save. It looked liked (Rhodes) had put it right in the corner."
On Wood; "He's scored a lot of goals and he's massively important for us, not just with his goals but with his all-round play and how he leads from the front. He gives everyone a great lift."
Two Leeds defenders in the Championship team of the week.
Step forward two of the best full backs outside the top six of the Premiership.
Well done Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi.
Luke Ayling was also included in the Football League Weekly newspaper team of the Championship along with Rob Green.
Garry Monk given one-game touchline ban and £3k fine by the Football League after admitting charge of improper conduct over derby at Huddersfield on Feb 5.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is given a two-match touchline ban plus £6K fine for the incident at the end of the game on the 5th of February between the two clubs at the John Smith's Stadium.
Leeds United FC were also fined £10k for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in a orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour, Town were also fined £10k.
On This Day - 1981
Brian Flynn scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Pennines in Salford.
I was there too. Enjoy!
Points attained to qualify for the playoffs since 2006/07.
Highest - 78points: Ipswich Town 2014/15
Lowest - 68 points: Leicester City 2012/13
Brighton are stunned by a late comeback by Newcastle United, Perez with the late winner in a 2-1 win. Newcastle now eight points clear of third placed Huddersfield who they play on Saturday.
Garry Monk's look ahead to the game at St Andrews on Friday; Charlie Taylor fit to be considered for the game, Coyle and Denton (4 to 6 weeks) out injured, compared Newcastle's equaliser at Brighton to one of his rare goals, considers the matter with the FA done with and it will not alter preparations for the game on Friday, said Birmingham has a squad that could challenge for the playoffs, great result for them at Wolverhampton.
On Southampton's interest in Jansson "I don't need to comment on rumours" on his contract situation: "I haven't spoken to the club yet. I am very much focussed on the football."
He added; "My contract is until the summer but there is a lot of time between now and the end of the season."
Lastly on the constant changing of combinations of the away colours, he was asked what are to be used on Friday "It will be a surprise - if it's that much of an issue."
A confident, happy Monk.
Forty nine years today: Leeds United win their first domestic cup final when Billy Bremner lifts the League Cup at Wembley Stadium following their 1-0 win over Arsenal. Terry Cooper scoring the winning goal.
Birmingham City vs Leeds Preview
Last Five Games
Birmingham 1 Leeds 2 April 2016
Birmingham 1 Leeds 1 September 14
Birmingham 1 Leeds 3 April 14
Birmingham 1 Leeds 0 April 13
Birmingham 1 Leeds 0 January 13
Leeds face back-to-back away games at Birmingham on Friday and a trip to Fulham on Tuesday, both games without doubt will be testing fixtures, but if your hoping for the Playoffs no games will be easy on the run in to claim one of the four places.
Birmingham, since Zola replaced Gary Rowett have won only two games out of the fourteen played, last weekend's win at Wolverhampton was their latest and a surprising one too.
Garry Monk must decide if to keep the same eleven on duty that played so well against Wednesday or give one or two players opportunities to show their worth.
I'd like to see Mo Barrow given a opportunity and maybe Pedraza too for this game. The Fulham game might be tighter and I'm sure he will utilise his squad.
Out of the two games this looks the easiest, but as Brentford showed Sheffield Wednesday no team should be taken lightly or a slip up may happen.
Leeds to win 2-1.
Birmingham City v Leeds
Team News: One change, Stuart Dallas replaces Hadi Sacko.
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt(c), O'Kane, Dallas, Hernandez, Doukara, Wood.
Another game when although we did not perform to a good standard but the three points still found their way to Yorkshire. The 3-1 win over Birmingham City is testament to the hard work that Garry Monk and his assistants have put into this squad.
The first half from a Leeds perspective was largely forgettable, passes going astray and Birmingham forcing Leeds on the back foot. Then Bridcutt found Ayling who in turn found Chris Wood, the rest is what has become expected, the ball nestling in an opponents net. The New Zealander is in incredible form and Leeds went into the break a goal up.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, Birmingham with most of the possession and Green thwarted them with a smart save from Adams. It didn't come as a surprise when City levelled, Gardner seizing on a ball to beat Green from distance.
The introduction of Kalvin Phillips, a replacement for O'Kane gave Leeds the boost they desperately needed and he supplied Wood with the ball to give Leeds their second. The game was finished when Hernandez found substitute Pedraza to beat the City keeper from inside the area.
Leeds are now eleven points ahead of Fulham who have played two games less, it wasn't pretty but in the last 30 minutes Leeds showed their class to win the game.
Man of the Match: Chris Wood, the talisman.
Garry Monk: "We needed to trust ourselves a little bit more and it looked like we were a bit restricted, maybe feeling pressure to win the game, but we were playing against a very good side. I know Birmingham are where they are in the Championship and they've had a poor run (previous to Wolves), I thought they were excellent for sixty minutes. Our mentality is strong, to fight and defend under pressure but I thought in the last thirty minutes we were excellent."
"That was the real us and that's what we've been doing (in training) and how we try to play. We looked dangerous and in the end we won the game comfortably, Birmingham will feel aggrieved they got nothing."
Gianfranco Zola: "They are genuinely doing their best. Of course we need to improve because we cannot afford to loose, but it is not going to happen all the time like this."
Andrew Butterwick's impressive 'away day' blog on the game at St Andrews.
Winning 'ugly' seems to be happening more times than not, still it gets Leeds three points.
Most plaudits went to twenty plus goalscorer Chris Wood but Kalvin Phillips' performance from the bench brought some good reviews, on the other hand some players' performances were questioned.
You know who you are!
Two games, six points is a superb return from a tough home game against one of your rivals and a tough looking away trip at Birmingham.
Fulham up next!
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