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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 22:01 GMT
Birmingham 1-0 Leeds
Nicklas Bendtner
Bendtner's strike took Birmingham up to top spot in the table
Nicklas Bendtner's 10th goal of the season fired Birmingham back to the top of the Championship table as Leeds' relegation worries deepened.

Bendtner scored the game's only goal in the 15th minute when he headed home from Gary McSheffrey's corner.

McSheffrey had already had a free-kick cleared off the line by that stage, while the striker also hit the bar.

Richie Cresswell was unlucky not to level when replays hinted his shot had crossed the line in the second half.

  • Birmingham boss Steve Bruce:
    "We are delighted to be top of the league and we have an outstanding chance to earn promotion.

    "There are still going to be some ticklish moments before the end of the season, but we now have home games coming up against Cardiff and Derby and they should be cracking matches.

    "We are going to try and enjoy ourselves - if 'enjoy' is the right word.

    "What we have to guard against is this air that seems to have been about the place that we have a divine right to go up because we don't."

  • Leeds manager Dennis Wise:
    "We have told the players where we feel we can get the points we need to keep us up and I think they started to realise what we need to do is still more than possible.

    "We have got to look at things in a positive manner and I would be worried if we were not creating chances, but we are, and we should have had at least a point out of Birmingham.

    "If we had got video evidence to call on we would be at least a point better off now but we have to work with what we have got.

    "Cresswell's effort was a goal, plain and simple."

    Birmingham: Doyle, Kelly, N'Gotty, Martin Taylor, Sadler, Larsson (Gray 84), Muamba (Nafti 81), Clemence, Bendtner, Vine (Jerome 76), McSheffrey.
    Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Campbell.

    Booked: Muamba.

    Goals: Bendtner 15.

    Leeds: Stack, Richardson, Rui Marques, Heath, Lewis, Howson (Moore 60), Nicholls, Douglas, Blake (Armando Sa 57), Healy (Johnson 67), Cresswell.
    Subs Not Used: Einarsson, Carole.

    Att: 18,363

    Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).


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