Whites maintain fine home form.
Professional Development League
Leeds United 2 (Struijk 45, Dalby 82) Birmingham City 2 (Bailey 11, Struijk O.G. 44)
Leeds United fought back from two goals down against Birmingham City, to continue an unbeaten home run which stretches back to November.
After an even opening, Birmingham took the lead in the 11th minute. Romario Vieira fouled Tommy Anderson on the edge of the box and Odin Bailey fired home an unstoppable effort off the post.
Leeds could have levelled three minutes later with a set-piece of their own, Tom Pearce delivered a wicked cross, but no United player could get a vital touch.
Oliver Sarkic then tried his luck from the edge of the box, but he was unable to find the target.
Alex Machuca then did well to go through on goal, he then teed up Oriol Rey in the box, but his effort was well blocked by the back-tracking Birmingham defence.
With a minute of normal time remaining in the first half, the visitors doubled their lead, a great cross by Steve Seddon, could only be turned into his own goal, by new Leeds recruit and debutant Pascal Struijk, with Birmingham’s Kyle McFarlane ready to pounce.
However, Sturijk, who joined the club from Dutch side Ajax in midweek, gave the Whites hope in stoppage time. Pearce delivered a free-kick which fell to Jack Clarke, his effort on goal was blocked, but fell to the feet of United’s new central defender and he netted his second goal of the game.
Half Time: Leeds United 1-2 Birmingham City
It proved to be an even contest during the start of the second half, Birmingham had the first chance just after the hour mark when Corey O’Keeffe tried to play McFarlane through on goal, but Leeds stopper Kamil Miazek was equal to it.
Leeds were next to go close, Sarkic teed up Machuca on the edge of the box, but he couldn’t beat Jake Weaver in the Birmingham goal.
Bailey then put in a dangerous cross, but Seddon could only fire wide of the Leeds goal.
Seddon again went close to scoring Birmingham’s third, this time a weaving run was followed with a fine effort from the edge of the box, but Miazek made a fantastic save.
United pulled level eight minutes from time, Pearce put in a lovely cross and substitute Sam Dalby, who recently joined the club from Leyton Orient, netted his first goal for the Whites from close range.
Leeds then had a great chance to take all three points in added time, when Weaver spilt a high cross under pressure from Dalby, the ball fell to Sarkic, but he was denied by Birmingham defender Wes Harding on the line, as the Whites had to settle for a point.
Full Time: Leeds United 2-2 Birmingham City
Leeds: Miazek, Diaz, Struijk, Vieira (Dalby 58), O’Connor, Rey, Clarke, Nicell, Sarkic, Machuca, Pearce. Subs not used: Male, Balboa.
Venue: Thorp Arch