From the opening few minutes, Leeds dominating, creating a number of chances but secured the opening on 18 minutes when Birmingham keeper, Darren Randolph came to the edge of his area but failed to deal decisively with the ball. A small touch only pushed the ball out to Smith, making his full debut, who laid off to McCormack to calmy pass the ball into an open net.
The goal did little to spur Birmingham on and Leeds continued to press. On 33 minutes, McCormack crossed for Austin to head home. The Midfielder having his strongest start of the season and looking back to his best.
It was left to Smith to finish the first half scoring, on 45 minutes for Leeds to head into the break 3-0.
Leeds took the foot off the pedal in the second half, but dealt with Birmingham well. The visitors threatened a couple of times, but great defending prevented any sign of a comeback. At the other end, Leeds continued to enjoy chances.
With 16 minutes left, Smith put the game beyond doubt, adding a second.
It was a strong, professional display from Leeds and there was evidence that McDermott has used the international break well. Smith worked hard all game and looked sharp, but his presence also created a lot of space for McCormack. but it was Captain, Rudolph Austin that led by example and was earned a well deserved Man of Match accolade.
Leeds 4-0 Birmingham