Leeds United began the nine game run-in with a defeat at Cardiff City, with goals from Hoilett and Glatzel giving the Bluebirds the win.
The hosts initially looked bright before Leeds took control of proceedings, dominating possession with little to show for it in terms of chances. Leeds’ first real moment of threat came just after the half-hour mark, where a corner whipped in by Phillips met the glancing head of Ayling at the front post, hanging in the air toward the right corner of goal before being hooked away by Vaulks.
From there, Cardiff took the lead from nothing, as Leeds looked to play out from the back, a sloppy pass from Phillips gave Hoilett a free hit at the defence, who weren’t quick to pull a move on the driving forward. Hoilett struck well with his left foot into the near corner, putting Cardiff ahead.
Leeds had a great chance arrive with just a few minutes left in the half. An incisive ball into Roberts on the inside right opened the middle for Harrison’s run inside. Roberts found him with the cut-back but his shot was blocked on the line by Bamford, who couldn’t move out the way in time.
Leeds weren’t up to much in the second half of this one, with all the possession but the final ball just wasn’t there. Roberts perhaps had the best look, as Bamford’s header back across had Roberts and the keeper meet at the far post, with the shot well blocked by the speedy keeper.
Cardiff’s second came from another error playing out from the back. Cooper’s ball to Alioski was intercepted by substitute, Glatzel, who fired the half-volley in off the post. From there, Leeds continued to search for a lifeline, but the final ball or final connection just wasn’t right for this one.
Leeds now move on to a massive game at Elland Road on Saturday, in the first home game for Leeds in the post-lockdown run-in.