Leeds thrash Birmingham 4-0 and the home fans will hope that McDermott's men can carry this from on in the coming weeks. Birmingham on the other hand looked tired and out of ideas.
The crowd are singing McDermott's name. The Leeds manager will be delighted with how the game has gone.
We will have 3 minutes of time added on at the end of the game.
Austin off to a standing ovation. Brown replaces him.
Leeds seeing out time well. Soaking Birmingham's pressure up and hitting them on the break.
Shinnie hits the side netting. It was a half chance at best.
Burke crosses but it's wide and McDermott reorganises his side from the technical area.
Smith tracking back for Leeds. The fans certainly appreciated that. Applause from the home support.
Chris has been in touch again: "Leeds have impressed me a lot so far. The Whites have shown how threatening they can be if you give them a chance, and I feel sorry for Birmingham in a way."
Bartley fouls Smith who was backing in. The Birmingham defender will have to be careful. He's already been shown a yellow card.
Burke still having a real go but Leeds defend well again.
Damage limitation now for Birmingham. They have improved this half but Clark will want the final whistle.
GOAL! Smith eventually gets his second. Outstanding ball from Mowatt and he plants an unstoppable header past Randolph.
CHANCE! Smith with powerful header but Randolph claws it out. McCormack with the cross.
OFFSIDE! Smith hammers home after great work by Mowatt but the flag was up seconds earlier.
CHANCE! Burke with a weaving run into the box but his shot is tipped around the post. Good effort.
Birmingham win another corner but Byram and then Austin clear.
CHANCE! Elliott won the free-kick and Murphy hit the post from 25-yards.
The giant striker made that chance from nothing. Birmingham need to get it forward to him quicker.
CHANCE! Thunderbolt from Zigic but Kenny tips over.
Byram finds space down the right but he's at full stretch and Randolph smothers the delivery.
Incredible defending by Lees who heads Burke's chip off the line and over the bar. Outstanding play.
Bartley picks up a yellow for a late one on McCormack. Good refereeing.
CHANCE! Austin is clean through but Randolph saves with his legs for at least the third time.
Kenny has had a quiet afternoon but he's quick off his line to claim the ball.
Superb work by Austin, wins Leeds a throw out of nothing. The fans really appreciated that burst.
Excellent defending from Lees to cut Burke's cross out.
Warnock receives the first yellow card of the game for a late challenge.
McCormack picks Austin out at the back post but his shot is blocked.
Leeds happy to play the ball around in far deeper positions this half.
Elliott then turns and has a go but it's high and wide. Far better from Birmingham.
Burke, who was quiet in the first half, wins Birmingham a throw deep inside the Leeds half.
Warnock has a go from the left after Smith's flick and it goes behind for a corner.
Zigic collides with Mowatt but it was accidental.
Birmingham have made a decent start to the second period. They need a quick goal if they are to have any chance.
CHANCE! Leeds are sleeping and substitute Shinnie shoots just wide.
Warnock certainly isn't struggling from his knock in the first half as he powers into a challenge.
Off we go in the second half...
Zigic and Shinnie on for Burn and Novak for Birmingham.
The whistle goes and what a half that was from Brian McDermott's side. Leeds were simply fantastic and Birmingham couldn't cope. 3-0 Leeds at the break.
GOAL! Smith hits the third. It was the giant forward who flicked on the initial chance for McCormack but when his shot was stopped by Randolph, Smith was on hand to tuck away. Leeds lead 3-0.
Leeds pushing for what surely would be the killer third goal. Austin makes space on the right but the flag is up. Offside.
Smith making a nuisance of himself in the box. Randolph does well to claim.
Warnock with an excellent challenge. The former Liverpool man has really defended well.
Clark did change his formation for this one and other than a couple of half chances Birmingham haven't created a great deal this afternoon so far.
Birmingham give the ball away again. Clark will have to change one or two things at the break. Leeds have made this look easy.
Leeds look for a diagonal ball again, this time to Smith, but it's too high for him.
GOAL! Austin heads home after an excellent ball by McCormack. 2-0 to Leeds. Birmingham have a mountain to climb now.
Pearce doing well from a Birmingham corner. Cleared to safety.
Burn caught out again but there is minimal contact on McCormack. No foul.
CHANCE! Mowatt makes a mess of the clearance and Burke's strike is inches wide. Warning for Leeds.
Good delivery from Murphy but excellent header behind by Warnock.
Burke just hasn't managed to get on the ball for Birmingham. He wins a free-kick this time though.
Leeds defending their 18 yard box well at the moment. Robinson the latest Birmingham player to have his pass intercepted.
McCormack with a little bit of magic but Austin's shot heads towards the corner flag.
Warnock went down for a minute but it looks like he will be OK. A worry for McDermott.
Burn doesn't look comfortable on the floor or in the air at the moment.
OFFSIDE! Novak finishes but the flag was up earlier. Good approach play from Birmingham.
Clark is still barking instructions at his side. He will want a response.
No more than Leeds deserve. Birmingham just haven't got going. Still plenty of time.
GOAL! Excellent finish from McCormack who guided into the empty net after Randolph was caught way outside his penalty area. The Birmingham 'keeper made a mess of a simple ball over the top. 1-0 Leeds.
Austin fouls Murphy and Birmingham have chance to build again.
Caddis does well to distract McCormack when it looked like he might have another strike at goal. Goal-kick for Birmingham.
CHANCE! This time for Birmingham. Lingard feeds Burke but he screws his shot wide.
Outstanding ball earlier by Austin.
CHANCE! Superb ball by Austin from the right, McCormack elects to hit it first time and Randolph saves again.
Austin pushing on whenever possible but he's flagged offside. Leeds could be two goals up.
CHANCE! Pearce with a header after an excellent corner. It goes over the bar this time though.
Clever by McCormack who plays a lofted ball over the top to Smith but Randolph reacts quickly.
Warnock then whips one in from the left but Birmingham clear.
CHANCE! McCormack is clean through after Burn's mistake but Randolph stands up well and saves with his legs.
Austin and Robinson clash again and both players will receive treatment.
Lingard received the ball in a central area but he over hits his pass to Novak.
Clark pacing up and down his technical area. They suffered a home defeat to Bolton last time out.
Austin is then fouled by Robinson and Leeds win a free-kick inside their half.
Austin with a lovely ball to Byram who has a sight of goal but Burn recovers in the nick of time. Good football from Leeds.
Austin has started quickly and Leeds win a throw. Good start to this one from the home side.
Lees with an early ball into the box. Smith is challenging for it but Birmingham manage to keep Leeds away from goal.
Chris Green has been in touch: "Leeds are a massive club with many fans, but for some reason, their season hasn't gone according to plan so far. The Whites' recent form in the league has been shocking, which is a surprise as they're normally competing with the best in this league. The West Yorkshire team are the home team and will be favourites to win this one, but I don't think it will be straightforward for them. Birmingham have some good players, and if the Whites' defence aren't concentrating and make unnecessary errors, then I expect the Blues to make the most of their opponents' defensive frailties. Prediction: Leeds 1-2 Birmingham."
Birmingham will get us started and away we go...
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Lee Clark: "We are looking to be a threat in the final third today."
Brian McDermott: "We have done a lot of work in training. We are here now and are looking forward to the game."
According to Opta, Leeds United have lost their last five league games against Birmingham City; scoring just one goal in that period.
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Birmingham City subs: Doyle, Lovenkrands, Reilly, Zigic, Shinnie, Ferguson, Gray.
Leeds United subs: Cairns, Poleon, Varney, Tonge, Brown, Peltier, Pugh.
Birmingham City starting XI v Leeds United: Randolph, Murphy, Robinson (c), Bartley, Burn, Burke, Lingard, Novak, Elliott, Lee, Caddis.
Leeds United starting XI v Birmingham: Kenny, Lees, Wootton, Pearce, Byram, Murphy, Mowatt, Warnock, Austin (c), McCormack, Smith.
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