MX23RW : Monday, October 22 19:16:39
Sep 22, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Elland Road (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
LeedsLeeds United
1-2
BirminghamBirmingham City
Alioski (85')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Adams (8', 29')
Timeline
(K. Pedersen) C. Adams        8'
(J. Maghoma) C. Adams        29'
34'     S. Dallas (K. Philips)
G. Gardner        41'
57'     S. Saiz
(G. Gardner) M. Kieftenbeld        58'
62'     A. Forshaw (M. Klich)
M. Morrison        67'
71'     R. Edmondson (B. Douglas)
M. Kieftenbeld        79'
(L. Jutkiewicz) O. Bogle        82'
K. Pedersen        84'
85'     E. Alioski (S. Saiz)
(Jota) W. Harding        88'
90+1'     A. Forshaw

Result: Monk returns to haunt Leeds as Bielsa's men lose unbeaten start

Che Adams scored twice in the first half for Birmingham.

Leeds' unbeaten start to the Championship season came to a sudden halt as former United boss Garry Monk inspired struggling Birmingham to a 2-1 victory at Elland Road.

The 39-year-old, who spent the 2016/17 season in charge of the Whites, had endured a miserable return to his old club last term, suffering a 2-1 defeat as Middlesbrough manager.

But things improved for Monk second time around as Che Adams' brace secured Blues their first win of the campaign at the ninth attempt.

Gjanni Alioski pulled a goal back for leaders Leeds late on, but, despite a frantic finish, the visitors held on.

The loss for United was head coach Marcelo Bielsa's first in the league and came as a surprise to the sell-out crowd given the way that Preston were cast aside 3-0 in midweek.

Monk's game plan worked perfectly from the off and, despite only scoring two goals away from home this campaign, they doubled that tally in the opening half hour.

Adams was offered time and space outside the area and his curling effort somehow wrong footed Bailey Peacock-Farrell, comfortably beating the static goalkeeper, in the eighth minute.

Peacock-Farrell could then do nothing to stop Adams' second as the former Sheffield United forward's low shot trickled along the ground and in off a post.

Leeds finally started to stir and a ruthless Bielsa attempted to shake things up in the 34th minute, hauling below-par midfielder Kalvin Phillips off for Stuart Dallas.

Yet the warning signs were still there for the Whites as Jota's cross was deflected over the top by Liam Cooper and, from the resulting corner, Jacques Maghoma's fizzed drive was cleared close to the line.

Alioski wasted the hosts' best chance of the opening half, firing over with his weaker right foot from a decent position in the area.

Leeds still appeared capable of carving the visitors open, with Tyler Roberts having a shot blocked and substitute Adam Forshaw volleying straight at Lee Camp after the interval.

One of Bielsa's coaching staff was then shown a yellow card for complaining about Birmingham's continuous attempts to slow the game down.

And Leeds' frustrations continued as their usual slick passing in the final third let them down on several occasions.

The visitors were keen to sit on their lead and Leeds had to search hard for a breakthrough, the impressive Dallas having a shot deflected wide following substitute Ryan Edmondson's knockdown.

But Leeds finally got their breakthrough with five minutes remaining as Alioski controlled a long pass and drilled a low shot past Camp.

The Macedonian winger and Dallas were then both denied by Camp, the latter courtesy of a brilliant diving stop, as Birmingham held on.

Share this article now:
Birmingham City manager Garry Monk pictured on July 28, 2018
Read Next:
Garry Monk: 'Birmingham need luck'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account