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LUFC Fans view v Cardiff

A trip to Cardiff City on a Tuesday night in early January isn`t the ideal trip as well as the fiasco of collecting tickets from a Service station on the M4.

But I made the trip and here are my views of how I felt the Leeds players performed.

Schmeichel 6
Made three or four really good saves to keep us in it in the first half. I think he should have been off his line a lot quicker for the winner, he would have probably have got there before Chopra.

Connolly 3
Had a very poor game, was given the run around by Bellamy all night and was often caught ball watching.
I didn`t think he would last the ninety minutes as he was getting frustrated by mighty mouth Bellamy.

Collins 6
Aerially sound as he won most in the air, especially in the second half. Shame it wasn`t the same on the ground and was caught out of position for the winner.

O`Brien 6
Solid display by O`Brien, who only turned Cardiff down last week. Needs to start barking at the rest of the defence as we are continuously caught ball watching.

Parker 6
Looked rusty in the first half but actually got better as the game went on. Probably should have done better with the ball that led to the second goal with him and Collins out of position.

Howson 6
Wasn`t at it in the first half but in the second, both him and Johnson started to get a bit more time on the ball.

Johnson 6
Same as Howson in the first half, he was the one who started to pull the strings in the middle of the pitch in the second half.

Gradel 5
Needs to be rested for a game or two as he hasn`t looked at his best for the last few games. Just kept running down blind alleys.

Snodgrass 7
Looked like the one player in the first half who looked capable of unlocking Cardiff all night. Was the one who looked dangerous in the first half and he got better in the second. Fantastic finish for his goal to equalise for Leeds.

McCormack 3
Expected him to really want to show Cardiff but he was ineffective all evening and did very little.

Paynter 6
Won every header in the first half but there was never any Leeds players going in behind him to collect the ball. Tired as the game went on.

Substitutes

Watt 6

Looked lively and it was a shame that Sam got injured as Watt was playing centrally and looking dangerous.

Sam
Didn`t last long as his evening was cut short through injury. I wonder what might have been?

Becchio 5
He was his usual self but never got into an area to threaten the goal.

Summary
First half hour we was really poor as Cardiff could quite easily have been out of sight.
We wasn`t closing down quickly and every time they had the ball they had twenty yards of space to run into. When we had the ball, they closed us down quickly in numbers.
If we play like this against Arsenal on Saturday we will be on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.
Got better in the second half has the midfield started to take control of the game.

Snodgrass looked dangerous all night and it was another terrific strike to equalise.

We looked the more likely to go on and win after the goal as Schmeichel had little to do.

Still conceding soft goals and we seem to keep switching off. Both goals were easily avoidable and it`s the same old story.

Losing Sam was a huge blow as he was playing wide and Watt was through the middle. I honestly believe if he hadn`t gone off injured we would have gone on to win.



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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 5 2011

Time: 3:33PM

Your Comments

Good report Dazza and concurred with commentary. We have obviously got to fix the defence and wonder why two strikers who havent scored a goal between played together when Sam and Watt were on the bench with the rested Becchio and Somma not even in the squad. Paynter hasnt had much chance but McC isnt effective in Howsons forward midfield position.
erni
I agree for the most part, though the service to your strikers 1st half was shocking. To be honest, I think we let Paynter win headers as he was so immobile, and we out-numbered you 2 to 1 in defence. Wasn't impressed with O'Brien, but felt sorry for Howson - tried to get lots going, but without much support
bluebirdshroom
They played in packs and closed us down easy...We were lucky that we didn't get hammered...Bellamy ran us rugged had a lot of the ball and plenty of time to pass it around...Parker is only back and needs more games, hope Sam will be alright...''All in all marks are about right''...
iwa
Good report Daz, put this down to experience and move on quickly
Tiny T
Disappointing night, awful weather before kick off, messing about getting tickets from the services. One good thing in the ground, plenty of mobile beer sellers on the concourse making it easy to get a beer. Also no messing about after the game and straight away from the ground.
dazza71
Can't disagree with any of those marks
King Billy
 

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