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Birmingham boss surprised by Redfearn's 'unusual' tactical decision in Leeds clash

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett says he was surprised to see Leeds play such a direct style of play on Saturday.

Birmingham City left Elland Road feeling aggrieved on Saturday night, with a late Luke Murphy goal stealing a point for Leeds in a 1-1 draw.

An early Paul Caddis penalty put Birmingham in front, but Leeds took a share of the spoils with Murphy's late leveller, and Blues manager Gary Rowett told the official Birmingham City website that he was surprised just how direct Leeds were.

"It was quite unusual to see a Leeds side being so direct," said Rowett. "They had [Steve] Morison up there and hit him on the diagonal at all times and all opportunities."

"I think when people do that it is very hard to get out and you have choices in the game. We ended up changing it and trying to make the team a little bit bigger (with the introduction of David Edgar, Lee Novak and Nikola Zigic)."

"Maybe we could have tried pressing higher up the pitch but then of course you leave space behind you, which makes you vulnerable," he added.

The presence of Welsh target man Morison certainly lends itself to playing a more vertical style, but it's something Leeds haven't really been known for this season.

Yet having rescued a point from a cross into the box which wasn't cleared properly, maybe Redfearn will look to continue this brand of football in the near future.

That's something Leeds fans may not be so pleased to see, but with the Whites struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, this is the time for substance over style, and Redfearn appears to have acknowledged that in a bid to drag Leeds away from the relegation zone.

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