UK time is: 22:58:00
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

LUFC Leeds fans view v Cardiff City

I made the trip to Cardiff City on Saturday and give my player ratings for the game in the 2-1 defeat.

Kenny 8

He had little to do in the first half as both sides cancelled each other out. In the second half, he made a string of good saves to keep Leeds in the game. He could do little with either goal.

Peltier 7
The defence generally looked solid and Peltier worked well with Byram on the right hand side in the first half. He will be disappointed to have missed the target with his header late in the game.

Pearce 7
He looked solid in the centre of defence all afternoon and he got his head to most balls that came into the middle.

Lees 6
Whilst his general defending wasn`t bad, he got on the wrong side of the striker on a couple of occasions and he was made to pay for one of them when Nicky Maynard made the most of a coming together to win a penalty.

Drury 7
He looks like being one of those players who does not win many plaudits but just goes about his business. He was not troubled in the first half and it is a blow if he is also joining the ever-increasing injury list.

White 6
He started on the wing in the first half and reverted to left back in the second half after the withdrawal of Drury. When attacking, he still doesn`t get his head up when he crosses the halfway line. I was hoping his couple of goals in pre-season would help his confidence in the final third but it doesn`t seem to have done.

Austin 8 Man of the match
After the long trek across the Atlantic this week, Austin showed no sign of being tired. Once again, he was strong in the tackle and led the Leeds midfield. A superb strike to get Leeds back into the game and his overall performance in both halves gets him the man of the match just ahead of Kenny.

Tonge 6
He looked a little rusty, as to be expected but he kept going although he looked tired as the second half wore on. With so many injuries, he will probably have to start against Hull in midweek. I just hope he has got it in him after hardly playing in the past few seasons.

Byram 6
A steady game from the Leeds youngster, who linked up well with Peltier in the first half. He won a lot of headers as well for Leeds. He seemed to disappear in the game after being the victim of a crude challenge from Tommy Smith in the first half.

McCormack
I cannot really score him as he lasted five minutes. He was making a good strong surging run into the Cardiff defence when suffering his injury. I hope he isn`t out for too long, as we had zero creativity in the final third without him.

Becchio 5
Decisions were going against him early on and like usual when this happens he disappears in games. He hardly won a header all afternoon and never carried a threat for Leeds.

Subs

Varney 3

I thought he would be a good signing for Leeds when he arrived in the summer but so far, he has been a major disappointment. Apart from winning headers, he does little else for the side. He was taken off late on and he could actually be another carrying a knock. He was limping heavily after winning a header in the penalty area. I hope Warnock starts with either Diouf or Poleon on Tuesday night.

Diouf 5
He came on for Drury at half time and did little to make an impression on the game.

Poleon
He replaced Varney with seven minutes remaining but never got involved in the game.

Summary
A disappointing and frustrating defeat for so many reasons. In my opinion the referee had a shocker and looked woefully out of his depth. The first half was so stop start with a number of niggly free kicks.

Quite how Jordan Mutch wasn`t booked for a challenge on Peltier and then Smith only received a yellow card for a crude challenge on Byram. Both players could have quite easily have seen red. To make matters worse, Austin is then booked for a nothing challenge.

Both free kick and penalty decisions looked harsh but Cardiff seemed aware that the referee was easy. Like Warnock said after the game, we are a little na´ve to these sorts of decisions, whilst Cardiff players used their experience to win the decisions.

The injury to McCormack is a massive blow. We already lack a spark in the final third and he is the one player who usually gives us something. Neil Warnock and every Leeds fan can see we need something in the final third but we are not going to get those sorts of players whilst Bates is still at the club. I cannot see him allowing Warnock to add to his squad either by bringing in another loan player.

Cardiff have brought in a lot of players this summer and spent heavily but they look nothing special but when you can bring on players like Craig Bellamy and Aron Gunnarsson from the bench, which is where the big difference is between us and other clubs.

We are so close to having a side with a decent chance of at least the play offs. We are just lacking a couple of game changing players but they are not going to arrive as on our wage budget, Warnock will never be allowed to bring them in. As it stands, we are a mid-table side. We are not going to get turned over easily by anybody but we lack the spark to beat the sides near the top. It is going to be another frustrating season. Can Warnock already see this and will he stick around knowing he isn`t going to get his eighth promotion at Leeds unless Bates spends cash, and that just isn`t going to happen.

A last mention as always goes to the fans. As always on the away trips, they sung loud and proud for 90 minutes and another excellent following in what is always a frustrating bubble trip to Cardiff.

A great moment in the first half when both sets of supporters stood to sing the name of Gary Speed.


Join The Vital Debate


Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.


Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share





Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook


Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!








Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 16 2012

Time: 9:17AM

Your Comments

Good report as usual Daz back to me for Tuesday night seems ages since we played at home
Tiny T
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

LUFC Leeds Greatest Ever (Thursday April 17 2014)

LUFC Leeds Pre-Season Tour Stalemate (Thursday April 17 2014)

LUFC On This Day - April 17th (Thursday April 17 2014)

LUFC Barnsley v Leeds United - History (Wednesday April 16 2014)

LUFC On This Day - April 16th (Wednesday April 16 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 424
2. bago 154
3. deslondon 123
4. erni 111
5. leeds1975 109
6. King Billy 91
7. Davey 3006 82
8. Tiny T 66
9. SimonTVW 53
10. iwa 39

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Watford 41 14 15 12 16 57
14. Bolton 42 13 15 14 -2 54
15. Sheff Wed 42 12 14 16 0 50
16. Leeds Utd 42 14 8 20 -9 50
17. Huddersfield 42 12 10 20 -9 46
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43
19. Doncaster 42 11 10 21 -26 43

Breaking League News

Forde Takes Player Of The Year Award
╗ Millwall : 17/04/2014 22:46:00
Morison - We Have To Show Character
╗ Millwall : 17/04/2014 22:41:00
McGoldrick Out For The Season
╗ Ipswich : 17/04/2014 22:31:00
Berra Delighted With Awards
╗ Ipswich : 17/04/2014 22:23:00
Oscar Looking For Unbelievable Finish
╗ Brighton : 17/04/2014 22:09:00
DRFC Doncaster Rovers v Derby County Team News
╗ Doncaster : 17/04/2014 21:27:00
DRFC Doncaster Rovers Greatest Ever
╗ Doncaster : 17/04/2014 21:05:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the match v Blackpool?
Suggested By:  
Butland 6%
Wootton 3%
Zaliukas 2%
Pearce 2%
Warnock 6%
Murphy 62%
Brown 11%
McCormack 2%
Smith 2%
Tonge 2%
Lees 2%