Leeds United v Cardiff City: Previous meetings make sorry reading for Whites

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Cardiff City are currently enjoying a 17-game unbeaten run against Leeds United - a record which stretches back to 1984. That sequence includes the Whites taking just one point from a possible 15 in their last five clashes with Cardiff at Elland Road. Oliver Roby reports.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2005 - LEEDS UNITED 0-1 CARDIFF CITY

Jason Koumas’ first half strike proved to be the only difference between the sides in this festive Championship clash.

Leeds came into the game as favourites having won their last four games, while Cardiff were winless in three. But the hosts suffered a setback when Koumas opened the scoring for the Welsh side on 31 minutes.

The Bluebirds hung on to their lead going in to the break but Leeds did all they could to muster a response in the second period.

Boss Kevin Blackwell introduced Jonathan Douglas, Danny Pugh and Ian Moore from the bench, however no equalizer came as United fell to only their second home loss of the season.

SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2006 - LEEDS UNITED 0-1 CARDIFF CITY

Cardiff extended their unbeaten run at Elland Road to four matches with a second successive 1-0 win at the home of the Whites.

Despite an indifferent start to the season, one win from three, much was expected on Leeds’ second home game of the season, but Cardiff came away with the spoils thanks to Willo Flood’s 83rd minute winner.

Eirik Bakke, Seb Carole and Jermaine Beckford were all introduced from the bench during the game, but United failed to produce a goal - their first blank of the season - as City took the points despite Darren Purse’s dismissal in added time.

MONDAY OCTOBER 25, 2010 - LEEDS UNITED 0-4 CARDIFF CITY

Cardiff pulled off their biggest ever win over United with a comprehensive performance against Simon Grayson’s men.

After successive home defeats in the form of a 6-4 reverse against Preston, followed by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester, improvement was needed if Leeds’ play-off push was to continue, but Jay Bothroyd’s opener on 22 minutes set the tone for another disappointing afternoon for the Whites.

Michael Chopra doubled the visitors’ advantage shortly after the interval before Bothroyd made it 3-0 on 56 minutes. And Lee Naylor closed out the scoring with Cardiff’s fourth on 60 minutes, consigning Leeds to their fifth home loss of the campaign.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011 - LEEDS UNITED 1-1 CARDIFF CITY

A second-half goal from Robert Snodgrass helped Leeds arrest their three-game home losing run against City.

With both sides winning two of their last three games, a tight affair was predicted, but Leeds fans feared the worst when Joe Mason made it 1-0 to the visitors on 17 minutes.

However, Leeds stood firm thereafter despite an injury to Darren O’Dea on the half hour mark, with Luciano Becchio’s introduction from the bench on 55 minutes providing the catalyst for Snodgrass’ leveller, which finally came with 17 minutes to play.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 02, 2013 - LEEDS UNITED 0-1 CARDIFF CITY

Fraizer Campbell’s second-half strike was the only difference between the sides as Premier League-bound City extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to seven league games.

Having won their last three games, United came into the game in confident mood but the visitors held Neil Warnock’s men at 0-0 going into the break.

With nothing separating the two teams as the hour mark approached, Campbell’s introduction proved decisive with the former Manchester United frontman netting on 64 minutes, just three minutes after coming off the bench, to hand his side the points.

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