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Premier League
Game 30: Saturday 27 March 2004

Birmingham City 4 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 1 - 1)
Crowd: 29069
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Birmingham City Team Leeds United
Maik Taylor   Paul Robinson
Martin Grainger   Gary Kelly
Matthew Upson   Didier Domi Booked - 37 minutes
Kenny Cunningham   Steve Caldwell
Martin Taylor   Dominic Matteo
Goal - 12 minutes Goal - 67 minutes Bryan Hughes   Seth Johnson
Damien Johnson   James Milner Subbed - 78 minutes
Stephen Clemence   Jermaine Pennant
Stan Lazaridis   Stephen McPhail
Subbed - 83 minutes Goal - 69 minutes Penalty - 80 minutes Mikaël Forsell   Alan Smith
Subbed - 84 minutes Clinton Morrison   Mark Viduka Goal - 3 minutes
Ian Bennett   Scott Carson
Sub - 84 minutes Olivier Tebily   Ian Harte
Aliou Cissé   Lucas Radebe
Darren Carter   Paul Keegan
Sub - 83 minutes Stern John   Simon Johnson Sub - 78 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Birmingham 4 - 1 Leeds
The Guardian Hughes miffed but Viduka miss is crucial
The Independent Leeds' good fortune runs dry
The Observer Forssell applies gloss finish Leeds given the Blues at St Andrews
The Sporting Life Birmingham 4 - 1 Leeds
The Sunday Times Leeds pay for defensive blunders
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds lapse at the back
The Times Time running out for Leeds
Yorkshire Evening Post United spurn a glorious chance
Yorkshire Post Belief and desire remain as United reach vital crossroad

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Hughes miffed but Viduka miss is crucial - Adrian Milledge

Copy from Football Unlimited of 29/03/2004.

A tale of two miracles: Leeds United in increasing need of one to remain in the Premiership, and Birmingham City rubbing shoulders with Newcastle United and Liverpool in the race for a place in one of the European competitions.

It was the reckless pursuit of that ambition, of course, which brought Leeds to their knees financially and has made a stretch in the Nationwide League probable.

Such a predicament is unlikely at St Andrews. Despite their vast personal fortunes the club's three major shareholders, David Sullivan and the Gold brothers, David and Ralph, have resisted the temptation to buy success.

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Forssell applies gloss finish - Duncan Mackay

Copy from Football Unlimited of 28/03/2004.

The Leeds United fans' anthem of Marching on Together may have greater resonance now the boardroom takeover is complete. Sadly for them, it appears to be in the same direction as before.

The lift given to them by the purchase of the troubled Yorkshire club, brokered by the insolvency expert Gerald Krasner, and followed by the victory over Manchester City on Monday, proved to be a short-term remedy. The positive effects lasted as long as it took Mark Viduka to put them ahead in the third minute before they wore off and Birmingham City exposed again the defensive frailties that are proving so costly.

'I thought in general we played well,' said acting manager Eddie Gray. 'It was individual errors defensively that cost us the game. I thought we gave them the goals very cheaply. It was a vital game for us - I expected us to come here and win.'

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