Leeds United YEP Jury: Same old story as Leeds’ campaign starts to falter all over again

Callum Patterson turns to celebrate his opening goal as Felix Wiedwald shows his frustration.
Callum Patterson turns to celebrate his opening goal as Felix Wiedwald shows his frustration.
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Our YEP Jury give their verdicts on Leeds United’s 4-1 home defeat against Cardiff City.

Have a scroll down the page and see whether you agree their views about Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Cardiff - all made prior to the Sunday night sacking of head coach, Thomas Christiansen. Feel free to post your own thoughts in the comments section below.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga goes close with a header.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga goes close with a header.

MATTHEW EVANS

Cardiff City were woeful at Elland Road on Saturday and still managed to beat Leeds United 4-1.

That’s a measure of just how bad we were on an afternoon that topped anything else we’ve seen this season for misery and angst.

My patience has run out with Kemar Roofe in particular who, in his typically casual way, spent the afternoon looking like he’d never seen a football before. Others were slightly better but not significantly.

We looked soft and clueless from the very start and even a small improvement after the half-time break, when Cardiff had all but packed up for the drive home, was not enough to salvage a scrap of pride from this game.

If you’re looking for positives then you’re looking in the wrong place but, at a stretch, I can point to new signing Adam Forshaw who at least looked to have some fight and resilience in two different roles.

His test will be keeping his cool head when all around him are losing theirs.

Man of the match: Adam Forshaw.

KEITH INGHAM

How long can this go on for?

We have a team that only can raise itself for games when the game is lost, playing under a head coach making substitutions which continually left fans and commentators aghast.

More questions were asked of Thomas Christiansen after the 4-1 home defeat by Cardiff City.

He may have done it in Cyprus but this is the toughest league in Europe.

Whether changing the head coach will do any good is hard to guess.

It’s the man who bought some of these under- performing players in that I believe needs to be leaving the club.

Victor Orta was a disappointment at Middlesbrough and he’s done nothing since he came in to Leeds to change that way of thinking.

There are players in the squad that don’t have the heart or passion to play for this once great club and some simply aren’t good enough, simple as that!

Man of the match: Adam Forshaw.

MIKE GILL
There was an awful feeling of inevitability when Cardiff City went ahead on nine minutes through Callum Paterson.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga failed to equalise on 25 minutes, hitting the underside of the bar. Gjanni Alioski seemed certain to score from the rebound but Neil Etheridge produced a brilliant save to deny him.

Bad went to worse when Pontus Jansson was carried off and within the space of a few minutes, United found themselves 3-0 down and playing with 10 men.

Having moved to the centre of defence to cover for Jansson, Gaetano Berardi received a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Gary Madine who made a miraculous recovery as soo as he caught sight of the red card.

Junior Hoilett and Sean Morrison added the goals and United faced another unlikely fight back in the second half. They did press for a while and Sol Bamba gifted them a goal but it was all too much. Anthony Pilkington added a fourth on 88 minutes and the misery was complete.

Man of the match: Matthew Pennington.

DAVID WATKINS

Well, if there was any lingering hope that somehow Leeds could resurrect their promotion hopes this season with a win over our old enemies from South Wales that hope has now been well and truly buried.

Another game against a big powerful side full of players with vast Championship experience and match-craft ended in defeat for a Leeds side that looks soft, naïve, and hopelessly short of the necessary qualities to get anywhere of note in this division.

Quite where we go from here I really cannot begin to even wonder; yet again the story of the season is following our routine annual script.

A summer of decent looking recruitment, early promise and a strong league position before Christmas and yet now, a month later, having embarrassed ourselves in the FA Cup and got ourselves in a run of poor form we are all pondering once again what needs to change in order to turn things around.

All I’m convinced about is that something must change; it’s back to the drawing board again I’m afraid.

Man of the match: Matthew Pennington.