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Leeds United 0-4 Cardiff City

Leeds United
0 - 4
Cardiff City

Elland Road

25/10/10 7.45pm

Attendance: 20,747

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A classy looking Cardiff side turned up the heat on Simon Grayson as they were once again on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.

Leeds were boosted by the return of Kasper Schmeichel to the side after two month`s out.

Also back in the starting eleven was Alex Bruce in place of Richard Naylor.

Leeds first chance fell to Alex Bruce from a Snodgrass corner but his flicked header went just wide of the post.

A minute later, he had another headed chance that this time took a deflection and went back to the keeper.

Cardiff were looking dangerous on the break and a good move set up Olofinjana and his shot was saved by Schmeichel.

The visitors broke the deadlock moments later after some poor Leeds defending by Alex Bruce.

The Leeds defender should have dealt with Heaton`s long clearance but a mix up between him and Schmeichel led to an easy tap in for Jay Bothroyd.

Leeds tried to get back into the game straight away but a weak left foot shot was easy for Heaton.

Cardiff were really hurting the Leeds defence with the pace of their breaks and Bothroyd, Chopra and Bellamy all had chances to double the lead.

Leeds were being frustrated in attack and two long range efforts from Johnson that didn`t trouble the Cardiff goal was the best they had to offer as the half drew to a close.

Cardiff started the second half firmly on the front foot, Gyepes came very close to doubling the lead when his header was cleared off the line by McCartney.

Minutes later McCartney had to make a last ditch block to deny Burke.

Leeds almost drew level when Snodgrass saw his fierce free kick tipped over the bar.

The game was to be all over as a contest in the next eight minutes as Cardiff turned the screw.

Chopra made it 2-0 when he collected Hudson`s through ball before firing past Schmeichel.

Four minutes later, Cardiff picked their way through the Leeds defence before Burke crossed for Bothroyd had the easiest of tap ins.

It was 4-0 on the hour, Lee Naylor fired in from twenty yards with Schmeichel rooted to the spot.

Leeds had brought on Ramon Nunez for his debut for the club and his long range effort just went over the bar.

Luciano Becchio thought he`d scored for Leeds but his header was ruled out for offside.

Gradel came close to getting Leeds a late consolation when his cross onto the middle beat everyone but just went wide of the far post.

Another heavy defeat for Leeds and the pressure will surely now be growing on boss Simon Grayson.

Teams

Leeds
Schmeichel, Connolly, Collins, Bruce, McCartney, Snodgrass, Howson, Faye (Clayton 80), Johnson (Gradel 63), Somma (Nunez 54), Becchio

Subs not used
Brown, Kilkenny, Hughes, Bromby,

Cardiff
Heaton, McNaughton, Gyepes, Hudson, Naylor, Burke, Whittingham, Olofinjana, Bellamy, Bothroyd, Chopra (Keogh 76)

Subs
Marshall, Blake, Rae, Wildig, McPhail, Koumas

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Writer:Dazza71
Date:Monday October 25 2010
Time: 9:40PM

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Tight until half time, but with few chances. A strong and settled back five has to be a priority. We were cut apart way too easily in the 2nd half. Little pace anywhere. Promise from Nunez but worrying that only 2 teams have conceded more than us in the Championship. We have to start beating the weaker teams in this league or we're in deep trouble.
AmsterdamWhite
25/10/2010 21:51:00
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Next two games are huge, got to be looking at at least one win or we will be in the relegation mix up. Cardiff showed the difference in class. They never had a weak player on the pitch. Was struggling to find a strong player on the pitch for Leeds although I felt Howson ran his socks off and had a good game.
dazza71
25/10/2010 22:23:00
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Dazza I felt a few people ran their socks off but we were comprehensively outclassed. Howson, Snodgrass and Johnson ran a lot but contributed little. We need to accept quickly that Bruce is no answer to Naylors failings.We were short of pace and skill throughout the side. Dont make any bones about it guys we are in a bit of trouble and need to halt it now.
erni
25/10/2010 23:47:00
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I thought the centre backs were poor erni and spent most of their time miles apart with no communication. The first goal was a joke, Bruce had three chances to get rid before actually kicking it through Schmeichel's legs. We need to keep McCartney as he tried in vain to halt Chris Burke. With no Parker yet we are going to have to go back to Besone or Hughes on Saturday!!!
dazza71
26/10/2010 05:58:00
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If its Bessone or Hughes run up the white flag and bury your head in the sand. White or Johnson could fill in instead both are better options, though I expect McCartney to stay whilst Christmas.
Tiny T
26/10/2010 08:46:00
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A huge gulf in class between the two sides. They looked damgerous whenever they attacked and two players out wide who could take there man on and get a ball into the middle
King Billy
30/10/2010 07:52:00
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