Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 2: Slade salutes his players’ response after Bolton blip

Russell Slade.
Russell Slade.
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Cardiff manager Russell Slade was a happy man after watching his side beat Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday.

Steve Morrison fired Cardiff into a 14th-minute lead but three minutes later Leeds’ academy product Kalvin Phillips, 19, scored on his home debut, the combative midfielder punishing a slip by keeper David Marshall.

Cardiff wasted a host of chances and Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri pulled off some desperate saves before Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson pounced in a congested goalmouth to force home Cardiff’s 62nd-minute winner.

“We wanted a response after the defeat to Bolton because until then we were making progress and were in decent form,” said Slade.

“Monday was a bit of a blip and today we got the response we wanted.

“Our away form has been pleasing and if we can match that in our remaining home games it would be a good end to the season.”

Slade added: “It was unfortunate that we had no supporters at the game. That’s a first for me – usually there are at least two men and a dog!

“I was disappointed for our fans because they would have witnessed a really strong, aggressive performance and a good three points.”

Russell added: “We set up some clear opportunities from open play.

“And if we had taken those it would have been easier.

“But Peter Whittingham is a great threat with his delivery and we made good use of that.”