Leeds United 2 Birmingham City 0
We are running out of superlatives these days but our “Super, super Leeds, super Leeds United” chant has seldom been more appropriate, probably not since the days of those Don Revie sides in the 60s and 70s or maybe Howard Wilkinson’s in the late 80s and 90s. Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City will prove to be a much better side than their current league position suggests and I’m sure Rosie the dog will be banking another decent bonus come May next year. They are no mugs and we had to work hard to get past them but we did it with another thoroughly professional display; resolute and determined at the back, full of running in midfield and powerful in attack. The Blues managed to get through us and hit our target as many times in one night as our five previous league opponents managed between them but by the time they’d forced their way past our back line they had little left and Felix didn’t exactly have to be cat-like to keep them out. At the other end, big Leeds United fan David Stockdale was hiding his true allegiance magnificently as he pulled off some mighty saves in between applauding us on the Kop.
We now sit top of the league and have not conceded a league goal since Adam was a lad but we do need to add a touch of realism to our position. We have only played one side that currently sits in the top seven of the current table while four of our games have been against sides currently in the bottom five. Now, I do appreciate that losing their game against Leeds is one reason those sides are languishing but after 7 games I think we are starting to see who the current form sides are. Having said that, I do believe that on our day we are head and shoulders above any other side in the Championship – Cardiff’s 3 – 0 humping at Deepdale last night confirms that in my mind beyond doubt.
We will drop points at some stage in the not too distant future, that is inevitable whether it be an off day for us, a mistimed tackle resulting in a red card, a poor refereeing decision, a ‘worldy’ from the opposition, pure bad luck or whatever and it is impossible to predict exactly when that will be. In the meantime, we go to Millwall, the fifth of those sides in the bottom five, and the expectation has to be that we will prove too good for them. They do score goals so I wouldn’t be surprised if we fail to record a 7th consecutive league clean sheet but unless those football gods turn against us it ought to be another Leeds win.
Leeds Utd Birmingham C
Possession 48% 52%
Shots 17 14
On Target 5 5
Corners 2 8
Fouls 8 14