A Helder Costa goal was added to by two for Partick Bamford to almost win the match for Leeds. Unfortunately, Leeds’ players seemed to think the game was over and completely stopped playing, allowing Lee Tomlin, Sean Morrison and Robert Glatzel to steal a point for the visitors.
I don’t often have cause to criticise him but Marcelo Bielsa made three substitutions today and none of them worked.
Tedious sense of inevitability when Cardiff went down to ten men that we wouldn’t see the win out. Bielsa’s substitutions simply didn’t work today, and instead had a detrimental effect on the side. Very tough one to take. On to Fulham. #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 14, 2019
It was an aberration, a statistical quirk, something not to overly worry about - it was also f**king infuriating.
I know today fit the ‘Leedsy’ narrative, but the facts are that’s the only the second time this season that we’ve conceded twice and the first time we’ve conceded three times. We’re still 11 unbeaten, this isn’t last season. Today is very disappointing, but we move on. #lufc— All Stats Aren't We (@AllStatsArentWe) December 14, 2019
Kiko Casilla - Had nothing to do for an hour. Shouldn’t have come for the ball before the first goal and could only produce a very weak punch. Don’t think the other two goals were his fault. 5.5/10
Cardiff scored from all 3 of their shots on-target after the 60th minute. Clinical. #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 14, 2019
Luke Ayling - You’ll get a bit of this. Great for an hour. Got forward excellently and looked a real threat. His runs caused serious problems for Cardiff. Due a goal soon with the way he is playing. Then - as captain and an experienced head - he needed to take charge while all around him were losing their head and he didn’t do so. His performance level dropped along with that of his teammates. 6.5/10
Ben White - More errors than usual (still not many) and looked unsettled when it all started going wrong. Seemed to lose his ability to track runners, especially for the equaliser. 6/10
Gaetano Berardi - Played some horrific passes straight to Cardiff players in dangerous areas. Most of his actual defending was fine. Subbed off for more height from Struijk - didn’t help. 6/10
Sorry but that one falls on Bielsa today. Struijk on for Berardi was madness. #lufc— BradfordBielsa (@BradfordBielsa) December 14, 2019
Stuart Dallas - A couple of good first half efforts as he attacked well from left-back. Excellent work in the build up to Bamford winning a penalty for the 3rd goal, excellent cross for Bamford’s first goal. As with the rest of the defence - not blameless in the collapse. 7/10
Kalvin Phillips - Guess what, good for an hour. Tidy in possession and did well to win a decent amount in the air against a big side. When Cardiff got some momentum he was just like the rest in that he lost control and we seemed to have holes in the middle of the midfield which isn’t all on him. 6.5/10
Mateusz Klich - Passing was great and his runs in behind were a constant threat. Had a few shots including one excellent chipped effort that was well saved by Neil Etheridge. Leeds lost all control of the game and as a central midfielder he takes some blame for that. 7/10
After incredible 60mins midfield didn’t track back, stopped working hard, including Philips. Pablo’s passing v sloppy at times & Klich disappeared. Mistake taking Berardi off. Defence shit itself when 8ft Glatzel came on. Went to pieces. Shades of Derby in play offs #lufc— WeAllLoveLeeds (@AllLoveLeeds) December 14, 2019
Pablo Hernandez - Had some really poor shots from good chances but creatively he had an excellent day. Fantastic pass to set up Costa for the opening goal. First half he was utterly outstanding but his level did drop in the second half - and he disappeared a bit when it started going wrong. 7.5/10
Helder Costa - Excellent finish for the opening goal. Got on the ball often and always looked a threat. Passing was excellent and showed some moments where he looked at his very best. Big criticism was that he didn’t close Joe Bennett down at all for his cross for the second goal. 8/10
6' GGGGGOOOOAAAALLLL!!! HELDER COSTA OPENS THE SCORING EARLY!!! 1-0 pic.twitter.com/q3PfRUsXaW— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 14, 2019
Jack Harrison - Full of running and worked hard with and without the ball. Overshadowed by Costa on the other side. 7/10
Patrick Bamford - Excellent performance and definitely Man of the Match for me. Really good chest control and finish for his first goal. Won the penalty and converted it to put Leeds 3-0 up. Dropped off the front well to link up play and did so much work closing down when Cardiff did have the ball. A complete performance from the number nine. When he went off for Nketiah he was badly missed. 9/10
3-0 up, Bamford having time of his life, playing like Champions.— Leesa Hullah (@hullah_l) December 14, 2019
Eddie Nketiah (for Bamford, 77mins) - I can’t say it is definitely his fault but it was obvious that Leeds were unable to keep the ball in the final third after the chance. Had a couple of shots and was denied a late winner with a header by a good Etheridge save. Gave away the soft free-kick for the second goal but everyone defended that particular kick badly. 5.5/10
Ezgjan Alioski (for Harrison, 81mins) - Only on the pitch a short time but after an hour journey home I only remember him touching the ball once - admittedly a good pass. Unlike him to not see any obvious work-rate. 5/10
Pascal Struijk (for Berardi, 84mins) - Brought on because of his height and because of some of Berardi’s struggles. Did not work, defenders didn’t seem to know what the structure was meant to be once he was on. Got caught completely wrong side on the equalising goal. Going to be nice and say not on long enough. N/A