Apr 26, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
LeedsLeeds United
Macheda (83')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Smith (58'), Pugh (60'), Caddis (78' og.)
Pearce (32')

Result: Birmingham City suffer defeat at home to Leeds United

Result: Birmingham suffer defeat at home to Leeds
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Birmingham City miss out on the chance to push themselves away from the relegation zone as they lose 3-1 at home to Leeds United in the Championship.

Birmingham City have missed out on the chance to push themselves away from the relegation zone, as they lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United in the Championship this afternoon.

Tom Adeyemi missed a great chance for City after nine minutes when he found himself with space inside the box, but the midfielder could only send his effort over the crossbar.

Michael Tonge ruffled a few feathers when he barraged his way towards the box before unleashing an effort from distance, however, the ball just evaded the City goal as it flew wide of the right post.

Callum Reilly tried to push Birmingham ahead with a speculative effort from range, but Leeds keeper Jack Butland was equal to it, saving the ball in the centre of goal.

Ross McCormack produced some good work just before half time when he fed Tonge, however, the midfielder saw his effort saved by Butland at the bottom corner.

City's hopes of staying in the league took a blow in the 58th minute when Matt Smith headed home from the centre of the box into the bottom right corner, having latched onto Tonge's cross.

Smith turned provider minutes later when Leeds grabbed their second goal, as he provided a neat headed pass, which left Danny Pugh with the chance to angle a shot across the goal and into the opposite corner.

Birmingham's nightmare afternoon was confirmed 12 minutes from time when Paul Caddis put the ball into his own net.

City did manage to pull one goal back, but it proved to be a mere consolation, as Federico Macheda profited from Scott Allan's pass in the 83rd minute, leaving the final score at 3-1.

Ravel Morrison of Queens Park Rangers holds off the challenge by Nikola Zigic of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers at St Andrews Stadium on March 8, 2014
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