Leeds United v Cardiff City - the last five away meetings

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A different date but, more often than not, the same conclusion. Under Neil Warnock, Simon Grayson, Dennis Wise and Kevin Blackwell, United have taken just one point from their last five Championship visits to Cardiff. Lee Sobot looks back at the last five trips to Ninian Park.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Cardiff 2 Leeds 1

Cardiff went on to win the Championship the last time they met Leeds and the familiar writing looked on the wall for Neil Warnock’s Whites after just five minutes.

Against his old club, talisman striker Ross McCormack limped off with an ankle injury to leave United’s fans sensing another Cardiff calamity.

Luke Varney replaced McCormack and the Whites actually held their own in the first period against the champions-elect.

But Cardiff were dominant after the break and took the lead through a spectacular Craig Bellamy free-kick on his return from injury.

The hosts then doubled their lead through a Peter Whittingham penalty awarded after Nicky Maynard was fouled by Tom Lees.

Rodolph Austin’s 30-yard free-kick gave Leeds hope but the damage - as usual at Cardiff - had been done.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Cardiff 1 Leeds 1

Two months into Neil Warnock’s tenure, Leeds took their only point from their last five visits to Cardiff thanks to Luciano Becchio’s 73rd-minute header.

Again, the day began badly for United who first lost Leigh Bromby to injury who looked to catch his studs in the turf.

He received oxygen before medical staff called for a stretcher with Paul Connolly replacing him.

Nine minutes later, Cardiff took their usual lead as Joe Mason lobbed Andy Lonergan - who later denied Kenny Miller and Andrew Taylor with fine saves.

Cardiff looked on course for the victory that would book them their play-off spot but Warnock’s Whites had a rare sting in the tail through Becchio’s header from Connolly’s pull-back.

Cardiff finished sixth that season and ultimately suffered play-off semi-final heartache to West Ham but the foundations for the following year’s promotion were there.

Leeds finished 14th and it’s been little better since.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - Cardiff 2 Leeds 1

If ever Leeds were going to win at Cardiff of late, this was perhaps the likely opportunity.

Simon Grayson’s play-off chasers arrived unbeaten in 12 games but the run was ended by their bogey team Welsh hosts.

Craig Bellamy gave Cardiff an 11th-minute lead after his one-two with Peter Whittingham but Leeds levelled through a 59th-minute curler from Robert Snodgrass.

Lloyd Sam - brought on for a rarely misfiring Max Gradel - had played a part in the goal’s build-up but, as ever, Cardiff had the last laugh.

A punted ball forward from Whittingham found Michael Chopra who was able to prod home past an onrushing Kasper Schmeichel to put the hosts second in the table behind QPR.

Defeat left Leeds fifth and still four points clear of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest but the teams below United had games in hand and Grayson’s men had to settle for the galling finishing position of seventh.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 - Cardiff 1 Leeds 0

A feisty encounter on and off the pitch that will be remembered for Cardiff’s victory but also their two red cards.

It was also the defeat at Cardiff that came in the season of United finishing bottom of the Championship en route to the dark days of League One.

Cardiff took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Michael Chopra who - for the third game running - chipped in a free-kick over the wall.

But the hosts then lost first Chopra and then Simon Walton to second bookable offences in the second half.

United, though, with Tresor Kandol and Ian Thomas-Moore upfront, were unable to take any sort of advantage and indeed did not force a save from Neil Alexander until a long range effort by Jonathan Douglas three minutes into injury time.

Even with nine men, Cardiff would have been out of sight by then had Steve Thompson not missed a late penalty.

Whites assistant manager Gus Poyet afterwards labelled Chopra as the difference as Dennis Wise’s side crashed to another defeat.

Wise’s Leeds side went on to finish bottom of the pile, the ten point deduction for entering administration obviously not helping, but ultimately not solely to blame for the demise to League One.

At least it meant not visiting Cardiff again.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - Cardiff 2 Leeds 1

Under the stewardship of Kevin Blackwell, the fixtures were hardly kind to United who began by hosting Millwall with a trip to Wales on the cards just two days later.

A David Healy brace sank Millwall at Elland Road in United’s second season in the Championship after relegation and a win at Cardiff looked on the cards after Robbie Blake’s opener.

But United then lost Paul Butler to injury as Matt Kilgallon replaced him and it was another substitute - Cardiff’s Jason Koumas - who transformed the game.

Koumas fired home a 60th-minute leveller after Kevin Cooper’s pass sent him clear and seven minutes later Cardiff were ahead.

Kilgallon was adjudged to have handled in the area and Darren Purse blasted home what would prove the winner.

Cardiff ultimately had to settle for finishing 11th that season with Blackwell taking Leeds to the play-offs and play-off final against Watford.

We don’t need reminding what happened next.

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