BIRMINGHAM ended the 12 months on an optimistic observe with a 1-Zero Sky Wager Championship house victory over promotion-chasing Leeds.
Jacques Maghoma netted the sport’s solely objective within the 83rd minute to settle issues in favour of the rock-bottom Blues, who’ve the worst scoring file within the EFL.
It was a well-merited success for the struggling hosts, who dominated for lengthy spells earlier than Maghoma fired within the winner to provide Birmingham solely their third win in 14 video games – and first in eight matches – below supervisor Steve Cotterill.
For an extended interval it appeared Blues could be pissed off by some sterling defensive work by their guests.
It was a cagey affair within the early phases, with either side struggling to create clear-cut probabilities.
Birmingham, to their credit score, had been the extra adventurous, with Maghoma – recalled to the aspect rather than Jota – posing issues along with his speedy left-wing raids.
Leeds needed to present a variety of willpower to maintain the keen hosts at bay as Blues made certainly one of their most constructive begins for a number of matches.
Craig Gardner was tireless in midfield with some correct lengthy passes which put Leeds below stress.
Slowly Leeds labored their manner again following Birmingham’s early onslaught and Kalvin Phillips was the primary participant to get a shot heading in the right direction within the 20th minute, forcing David Stockdale right into a hasty save.
Birmingham appeared a bit of too anxious to atone for his or her current poor kind, and their assaults had been usually foiled by Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson.
Leeds’ light-weight aspect usually got here off second greatest towards the extra aggressive Birmingham gamers who had been striving for the elusive objective to spice up their flagging fortunes.
House goalkeeper Stockdale had his quietest sport of the season however made the save of the match when he pushed a Pablo Hernandez effort onto the highest of the bar within the 74th minute as Leeds briefly threatened to chalk up their fifth straight win at St Andrew’s.
In a frantic end David Davis went shut with a cross-shot which arrange Birmingham for one ultimate push for victory.
Substitute Jota fired in a shot which Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald was unable to carry, and the unmarked Maghoma was available to attain the winner by lashing his shot into the roof of the web.