Cardiff City v Leeds United: Whites will bounce back - Grayson

Simon Grayson insisted Leeds United had returned home with their confidence intact, despite seeing their 12-match unbeaten run ended by Cardiff City.

United suffered defeat for the first time in more than two months last night, losing 2-1 to a dominant side at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Leeds came within 10 minutes of protecting their impressive record after recovering from a one-sided first half but Michael Chopra's finish 10 minutes from time earned Cardiff their second victory of the season over Grayson's side.

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United lost 4-0 to City at Elland Road in October, the last match before the start of a consistent sequence which has forced Leeds into the Championship's play-off positions, and the club's manager did not fear any lasting damage from a more narrow result.

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Grayson said: "We made mistakes for the goals and you can't afford to do that against a team of Cardiff's quality. But we were on top when they scored their winner.

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"Our confidence won't be affected. Cardiff should be promoted this season and to lose to them is no disgrace. Last time we lost to them we went on a run and as disappointed as I am to see that run end, it shows

the players what they can do and what they can achieve.

"In 10 days' time we start again against Scunthorpe United and I want us to go on another run."

United were turning their minds to Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Arsenal this morning, with doubts over the fitness of winger Lloyd Sam who suffered a thigh strain in the second half last night.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones was in no doubt that his side deserved their win, saying: "I was disappointed that we weren't two or three goals up by half-time.

"I thought our play deserved that. We were totally dominant.

"But they hung in there and that's what teams do in this division.

"They're a good side on a good run."

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