Leeds United 2 Rotherham United 0: Big match analysis

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Check out out at a glance big match analysis from Leeds United’s clash with Rotherham United at Elland Road.

GOOD DAY FOR

Soulemayne Doukara goes past Lee Camp to score Leeds' second goal.' PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Soulemayne Doukara goes past Lee Camp to score Leeds' second goal.' PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Mustapha Carayol: Unwanted at Middlesbrough and saw Huddersfield Town cut short a season-long loan last week but he’ll be feeling better about life after his Leeds United debut. His performance would have earned him pass marks without his goal but his finish was quite superb. That’s the way to set a new club alight.

BAD DAY FOR

Lee Camp: The goalkeeper was excellent when Rotherham won at Elland Road in November but he was beaten for pace by Carayol’s bullet and he featured in the the mix-up with Frazer Richardson which led to Doukara’s killer goal. Richardson was no less guilty of leaving a ball which had too little pace on it to reach Camp safely.

KEY MOMENT

Carayol’s goal: Leeds have found a bit of momentum for the first time in the game and were able to turn the screw on Rotherham but Redfearn’s side had seen the better chances and looked more impressive in a very low-key tie. They had a good go in the second half but did not look like they had the conviction to force an equaliser.

WHAT THEY SAID

Steve Evans: “The boys have worked really hard. We were able to leave a few players out and still get over the line. I’d like a home tie now, whoever it is.”

Neil Redfearn: “For half-an-hour we were the better side. They got in the ascendancy before half time and it’s a fantastic strike from Carayol. It’s a bit of quality, a touch of quality which won the game. That’s what we need.”

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