Cardiff City 3 Leeds United 1: YEP jury verdict

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Neil Redfearn’s first game in charge of Leeds United at Cardiff City

JONATHAN FORD

Okay, the script of beating Cardiff City away for the first time in 30 years was there but it has gone back in for a redraft.

With the exception of a 10-minute spell we were second best, and the worst thing is, with a bit of luck and a little communication at the back, we may not have conceded at all.

Their first goal could have been avoided if someone had commanded everyone to get out when the ball was put back in the box, the shot for the second goal was going nowhere until it deflected off Jason Pearce into the top corner.

We then got back into the game through some great play from Alex Mowatt and even looked threatening after.

Then disaster struck, a miscommunication from Bellusci and Silvestri allowed the game to be killed off.

Personally I find fault in Silvestri coming out so far, if Kenwyne Jones beats Bellusci, then one-on-one against Silvestri would have favoured us more than the option that was taken, a shot at an open goal.

For me, I think a few players let themselves down on Saturday, Doukara just seemed to lack effort throughout and he was a passenger, as was Bianchi. We looked brighter when Chris Dawson came on for Bianchi, and it was nice to see another youngster in the team.

It disappoints me when players show a lack of effort, especially when it is clear to see they have ability.

We have seen so many players who have less ability become cult heroes at the club through their sheer effort and determination to give everything to the badge, and when fans travel the length and time they do, at the cost they have, it isn’t good enough to see a lack of effort. With two home matches to come, hopefully we can quickly put this result behind us and move on.

I would like to thank some of my friends for making the trip home a little easier, it’s not nice travelling home after that but we are all in it together.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

KEITH INGHAM

After a week of waiting the final details were agreed in the deal to make Neil Redfearn the Leeds United head coach on Saturday. Unfortunately for him a 3-1 defeat was not the start to his tenure he would have hoped for.

Redfearn’s first team showed one change from the side that lost to Wolverhampton, ‘Sully’ Doukara coming in for the injured Adryan. Chris Dawson made the substitutes’ bench.

Cardiff made the better start with Silvestri keeping out a Whittingham effort and Noone and La Fondre both had efforts that didn’t trouble the Leeds keeper. The best Leeds could offer was a Doukara shot easily saved by Marshall. The match came to life just after the hour when first Manga scored with a header, then Macheda’s speculative effort bounced off a Leeds defender and past the stranded Silvestri.

The two quick goals put Leeds seemingly ‘out for the count’ but Alex Mowatt reduced the deficit to one with a smart finish. Leeds were finished off by amateurish defending as Bellusci and Silvestri got in each other’s way to give Jones the easiest goal he’ll score.

A good first half spoiled by poor defending for two of the goals in the second. Jason Pearce will miss Tuesday’s visit of Charlton after picking up his fifth yellow card. Leeds really need a win from somewhere, let’s hope it’s sooner than later.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

MATTHEW EVANS

Another lacklustre affair and another day when Leeds eventually just rolled over and succumbed to the inevitable.

At half-time we were in the game without really creating anything but previous showings under Neil Redfearn had involved much-improved second halves and there was room for some optimism.

Two pieces of very casual defending we found ourselves with a mountain to climb and only Alex Mowatt looking hungry enough to climb it. His goal was superb but not long after that, Silvestri and Bellusci conspired to put the game to bed in Cardiff’s favour. Neil Redfearn needs to work out a system for these players and quickly.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

JAMES HARRISON

With no win in seven, the relegation zone is seriously catching us up. Cardiff are a strong team and fully deserved their victory. We switched off in the second half and again it cost us. When Mowatt scored, I thought we could have gone on and earned ourselves a point.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

STEPHEN CLARK

If Neil Redfearn is to make a success of his time as head coach of Leeds United, then sorting out the team’s defence has to be one of his priorities given Saturday’s comical performance by the back four.

Slack marking, backing away from players running towards goal and miscommunication were the factors that saw Leeds concede three times to lose to Cardiff.

On the positive side, Leeds crafted a lovely goal scored by Alex Mowatt and did seem to be on top of things before the disaster that was Cardiff’s third goal.

That should give the side confidence before the two crucial home fixture to come over the next week. Six points from those would give the side confidence to push on, in what is still a wide open league. Liam Cooper will have the chance to stake a claim for a regular place in the team, with Pearce suspended, and with the introduction of Chris Dawson to the squad, Redders seems intent on giving his young players the chance. It worked for Revie and O’Leary and there is no reason why it won’t again.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

GARY NEWBOULD

Neil Redfearn made a losing start to his permanent tenure as United manager. But for an hour United were well in the contest. Alex Mowatt’s great goal looked likely to provide a grandstand finish before a rare mix up from Bellusci and Silvestri settled the contest.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

Gaetano Berardi

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