Wood scores twice in Leeds win during Birmingham

Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips

Chris Wood (left) is a tip scorer in a Championship this season, with 22 goals

Chris Wood scored twice during former bar Birmingham City as Leeds United won for a third time in 4 Championship games to pierce a indicate behind third-placed Huddersfield.

Wood’s double, and a clinical late third from Alfonso Pedraza, meant a third home better in 4 for Blues.

After Wood’s 14th-minute lob, Craig Gardner leveled on 63 mins with a low, 25-yard left-foot curler.

But Wood scored from tighten operation before Pedraza hermetic a points.

Relive Leeds’ win during Birmingham as it happened

Wood, who had a inclusive half-season on loan during City from West Brom in 2011-12, has 25 goals this deteriorate in all competitions – with 22 in a league.

And his dual goals during St Andrew’s take him dual forward of Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle during a tip of a Championship charts.

Blues punished by clinical Leeds

Leeds trainer Garry Monk, in a stands portion his one-game touchline ban, contingency have been gratified with his side’s finishing, that was a disproportion opposite a Blues side who have won usually twice in 16 games underneath Gianfranco Zola.

Birmingham done a most brighter start, David Davis banishment into a side-netting from a parsimonious angle and Rob Green ludicrous Che Adams’ pointed shot wide, though Blues were afterwards cut open by a classical square of long-ball football.

From fortifying a corner, screw Rob Green found Luke Ayling, whose teasing prolonged round down a inside-right channel usually evaded a pessimistic thrust of Ryan Shotton, withdrawal Wood in a transparent to lift a glorious intrinsic throw over advancing Blues screw Tomasz Kuszczak.

The hosts had chances to level, and Robert Tesche’s overwhelming 25-yard left-foot shot swerved over Green though crashed behind off a bar.

The unsuccessful Adams afterwards went tighten 3 times in as many minutes, with a header privileged off a line before he diverted Tesche’s shot usually over and was afterwards denied during tighten operation by Green.

Gardner finally brought Blues level, though a hosts were behind on terms for usually 4 minutes.

Kalvin Phillips squared from a right and immature defender Josh Dacres-Cogley mislaid his balance on a wet, murky aspect in a six-yard box, permitting Wood to spin home from tighten range.

Then, on 82 minutes, Pedraza wrapped it adult with a low left-foot shot into Kuszczak’s bottom corner, to send a loud army of Leeds fans home deliriously happy.

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola told BBC Sport:

“The outcome does not simulate what happened on a representation but, on a other side, there was a actor who overwhelmed a round 3 times and scored two.

“We done a few mistakes, though it is formidable to contend anything to my group when they have put in a opening like that opposite a group who are fourth in a league. We are honestly doing a best. we can't complain.

“We have to put right a mistakes, though altogether it was a best opening of a season. we need to inspire a players to keep personification like this.”

Leeds United manager Garry Monk told BBC Sport:

“I didn’t suffer a initial 70 minutes. Birmingham were glorious and it was tough for us.

“We were second best, generally in a initial half. They will feel depressed that they did not gain on a chances they created.

“But we showed a clever genius and, in that final half-hour, we were excellent. We scored some really good goals and in a finish won comfortably.

“The subs done a good impact, Pedraza scored his initial for a bar and we had dual good finishes from Chris Wood, generally a initial – good improvisation.”

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3.

Jerome Sinclair (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from a centre of a box is saved in a bottom right corner.

Nsue (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jerome Sinclair replaces Che Adams.

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outward a box is close, though misses to a right. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Frei replaces Cheick Keita.

Substitution, Leeds United. Kemar Roofe replaces Pablo Hernández.

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 3. Alfonso (Leeds United) left footed shot from a left side of a box to a bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández following a quick break.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from a centre of a box is saved in a bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown a yellow label for a bad foul.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Alfonso (Leeds United) wins a giveaway flog in a defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outward a box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Hand round by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outward a box is high and far-reaching to a right following a set square situation.

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a formidable angle and prolonged operation on a left is blocked.

Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog on a left wing.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Substitution, Leeds United. Alfonso replaces Stuart Dallas.

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog in a aggressive half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 2. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from a centre of a box to a bottom left corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outward a box misses to a right. Assisted by Che Adams.

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 1. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outward a box to a bottom left dilemma following a set square situation.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outward a box misses to a left following a set square situation.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Nsue (Birmingham City) wins a giveaway flog on a right wing.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

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