Diouf delivers winner for determined Leeds
Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 2:Leeds set up an FA Cup tie at home to Tottenham after coming from behind to dump out Birmingham in their third-round replay.
Wade Elliott put Birmingham ahead shortly after the half-hour mark, just as he had done in the initial meeting which finished 1-1 10 days ago.
Marlon King fed Nathan Redmond down the right and he sent a cross to the far post which Elliott converted.
But once again Leeds levelled after the break, this time courtesy of Ross McCormack’s first goal since September – an effort which had not looked like coming with 19-goal striker Luciano Becchio, a reported January transfer target for a handful of clubs, missing due to illness.
Paul Green’s ball into the box was pulled back by El-Hadji Diouf at the far post and McCormack was on hand to stroke home from eight yards.
Diouf, celebrating his 32nd birthday, then quickly completed the turnaround, keeping his cool to chip home from the penalty spot after Paul Robinson had been penalised for handball.
Elliott forced a save out of Jamie Ashdown as Birmingham pressed for an immediate leveller, pressure which almost told with the tie in the final stages.
Nikola Zigic saw his header cleared off the line by Aidy White while fellow substitute Peter Lovenkrands was denied by a superb fingertip save from Ashdown.
Leeds’ first win at St Andrew’s since 1996 also provided them with their 100th in FA Cup history and sealed their progress from the third round for only the second time in 10 years. A paltry attendance of 8,962 – including an impressive 1,547 travelling Leeds fans – turned out on a bitterly cold January night.