By Adam Elliott

21st Oct, 2019 | 10:20am

MOT Super Fans: Match report from Elland Road as Leeds beat Birmingham 1-0

This is part of a regular series from our Leeds Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road and Thorp Arch 

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A 1-0 win for Leeds at a packed out Elland Road keeps us firmly in the promotion hunt amid the club’s centenary celebrations. 

Over 35,000 were in attendance (a Championship high so far this season) to see Kalvin Phillips’ second-half strike which was enough to settle the game, and keep Leeds at pace with the automatic promotion pack.

It just had to be him didn’t it? Bielsa himself speaking after the game said, “Sometimes God puts things in the right place.” Aptly put from the often philosophical Argentine. 

The Bramley-born midfielder, and boyhood Leeds United fan, is a product of the world-famous academy which he has been a part of since 2010. It truly was written for him to score the decisive winning goal to round off what has been a special week for the club. He tucked away through the legs of the goalkeeper after a cut back from Jack Harrison to the delight of a rocking Elland Road crowd. 

Leeds went into the weekend as the lowest home scorers in the league. It’s been slim pickings on the goal front so far for Marcelo Bielsa’s side; it’s easy to see why as yet again they proved wasteful in front of goal. Bamford blasted wide in the first half when he really should have worked the keeper. Lee Camp in the Birmingham goal notoriously has a mistake in him and yet Leeds didn’t pepper his goal like many had hoped they would. 

Dallas, the Cookstown Cafu, also found his path to goal halted by the legs of Camp but Leeds frustratingly lacked cutting edge in a game they should have put to bed early with some of the chances they had.

The second half appeared to be more of the same. A penalty appeal waved away which looked like a stonewall in the box decision, but a free-kick on the edge was awarded instead. Nketiah, clearly on a high and full of confidence after a superb international break hat-trick, was again wasteful when Alioski seemed the obvious squared ball in the centre. 

There were more than enough openings to put the game to bed. Leeds must become more ruthless in front of goal if they are to achieve a top-two finish. Their Achilles heel last season was their inability to kill games off. Let’s hope they put that right sooner rather than later this time around. 

However, one goal proved enough on the day as Leeds weren’t made to rue their missed chances. Despite a few nervous moments at the back they held out for a sweet victory in the context of the situation as Birmingham were the only club to beat Leeds both home and away last season. The end of a spectacular week in the history of this brilliant football club. 

With the Yorkshire Pirlo at the heart of it all. That was the icing on the cake!

In other Leeds news: Exclusive: Paul Robinson reveals what Leeds were missing in promotion bid last season