Leeds booked their place within the FA Cup fourth round after near-total dominance in opposition to Cardiff earned them a thumping 5-2 win within the third-round replay at Elland Road.
Wilfried Gnonto obtained the hosts off to the right begin with an beautiful scissor kick after simply 26 seconds and it was 3-0 with 36 minutes gone, due to a second from the Italian teenager and Rodrigo’s twelfth objective of the season.
Cardiff’s Curtis Nelson thought he had discovered a slim probability of a means again into the sport earlier than the break, however his header was dominated out after a VAR evaluate.
Patrick Bamford then got here off the bench at half-time to score two targets in 5 minutes, taking his tally to a few in two video games after his first of the season within the defeat to Aston Villa on Friday.
Callum Robinson pulled again a comfort for the guests after which transformed a late penalty with successfully the final kick of the sport to cut back the deficit, though it was all too little, too late.
Victory for Leeds – their first since November 5 – units up a fourth-round conflict away at both Boreham Wood or Accrington, who play each different of their replay on Tuesday January 24.
Leeds: Meslier (6), Kristensen (6), Llorente (6), Wober (6), Firpo (6), Roca (6), Adams (6), Harrison (8), Greenwood (7), Gnonto (9), Rodrigo (7)
Subs: Bamford (8), Aaronson (6), Ayling (6), Gelhardt (6), Sinisterra (n/a)
Cardiff: Alnwick (5), Sang (4), Nelson (5), Simpson (4), Bagan (4), Sawyers (5), Harris (5), Rinomhota (5), Colwill (5), Ojo (6), Etete (6)
Subs: Wintle (6), Kipre (6), Robinson (8), Davies (6), Whyte (n/a)
Man of the match: Wilfried Gnonto
How Marsch’s males sauntered into the fourth round
Leeds needed to depend on a 93rd-minute equalizer from 18-year-old Sonny Perkins to drive a replay in South Wales 10 days earlier, so within the first FA Cup tie at Elland Road since January 2016, it was past all doubt they might be determined to set the report straight.
In the build-up to the sport, head coach Jesse Marsch had instructed a win in opposition to the Bluebirds had the potential to kick-start his side’s season and, with lower than 30 seconds on the clock, they obtained off to a flyer.
Rodrigo floated a ravishing ball to the far side of the publish, the place Gnonto gained a yard or two on Tom Sang and fired in an beautiful scissor kick that was a close to carbon-copy of Paulo Di Canio’s iconic volley in opposition to Wimbledon within the Premier League 23 years in the past.
Gnonto and Sam Greenwood gave Cardiff full-backs Sang and Joel Bagan a torrid time on both wing, however the Cardiff protection nearly held agency for the subsequent half-hour till Rodrigo latched onto Jack Harrison’s defence-splitting ball, drawing Jack Alnwick from his line and fired in his twelfth of the season.
Within two minutes of the second, it was 3-0. Harrison was the architect as soon as once more, main an incisive breakaway, earlier than dropping the ball off to Gnonto, who instinctively fired in on the close to publish.
When Leeds did not clear their strains following a nook, Nelson’s header was helped over the road by the fingers of Illan Meslier, however any smidgen of hope was shortly erased when referee Thomas Bramall was suggested to go to the pitchside monitor by VAR Mike Dean, the place he dominated that Andy Rinomhota had been offside and within the goalkeeper’s eyeline when contact with the ball was made.
Leeds continued to dominate and seek for additional targets after the break, but it surely wasn’t till the 71st minute that they added to their tally, when Bamford danced into the field and elegantly lifted a shot previous Alnwick.
- Jesse Marsch made 5 modifications, with Junior Firpo, Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente and Sam Greenwood beginning at Elland Road. There was additionally a full residence debut for brand new signing Max Wober, who had appeared as a substitute in Leeds’ final two matches.
- Interim Cardiff boss Dean Whitehead made seven modifications to the workforce that drew 1-1 with Wigan within the Championship on Saturday, with Curtis Nelson, Jack Simpson, Sheyi Ojo and Mark Harris the one gamers to maintain their locations. Kion Etete began in assault.
And he added his second 5 minutes later, ending coolly after enjoying a neat one-two with Joe Gelhardt.
Cardiff did get in on the act late on, when Callum Robinson headed in after suspect defending from the hosts after which transformed a penalty awarded after one other VAR evaluate, however the targets did little greater than eradicating a few of the gloss off an in any other case crushing victory for Leeds.
Player of the match – Wilfried Gnonto
Marsch: You can see Gnonto’s perception; I’m not stunned by his efficiency
Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch talking on ITV:
“Willy has been enjoying at a excessive degree for a number of weeks now, so I’m not stunned. It was an important begin along with his first objective.
“I believe he has developed actually shortly. You can see his perception in himself. He’s a very grounded particular person and I believe a part of his success is that he is about his work, he is about all the time making an attempt to do extra, do higher, taking up data that we gave him after which making an attempt to place it into follow. It was one other actually good efficiency from him.
“It was humorous as a result of Luis [Sinisterra] went down injured and it gave Cry Summerville an opportunity to get going; Cry has gone down and it is given Willy an opportunity to get himself going. You can see the arrogance is creating, even popping out of the Villa recreation, I knew that we had been going to be assured. That was good to see tonight.
“Now to have Patrick [Bamford] match and gathering some momentum, wanting sharp and scoring targets, that may be a very optimistic signal for us. We really feel like, even with the addition of Georginio Rutter, that we have now some weapons now.”
Whitehead: I’ll keep as interim supervisor till I get instructed in any other case
Interim Cardiff supervisor Dean Whitehead:
“It’s the worst attainable begin. We made errors within the lead-up to it, but it surely was a high quality ball and a high quality objective from a prime participant. I believe, notably within the first half, Leeds had been good, however we made it very, very simple for them, at occasions. When we pressed, we did not all press collectively, we left huge gaps and good gamers took benefit of that.
“We addressed it at half-time, modified the form and began the second half significantly better. Again, made some errors, however we completed with the optimistic of two targets, which shall be nice for us transferring into Saturday. This bunch of gamers do not hand over in any recreation.
“It’s robust, however all people needs to win video games and we have got to do this in a short time.
“I’m going to do it [the interim manager role] till I get instructed in any other case. We’ve obtained a bunch of gamers and workers right here who work very arduous. Yes, we lack in areas – in fact we do – however we’ll work our hardest to get factors on the board and transfer up that desk. We’ll go into Saturday and we’ll see what occurs after that.”
FA Cup fourth-round attract full
- Preston vs Tottenham
- Southampton vs Blackpool
- Wrexham vs Sheffield United
- Ipswich vs Burnley
- Manchester United vs Reading
- Luton vs Grimsby
- Derby vs West Ham
- Stoke vs Stevenage
- Blackburn vs Birmingham
- Walsall vs Leicester
- Sheffield Wednesday vs Fleetwood
- Manchester City vs Arsenal
- Bristol City vs West Brom
- Brighton vs Liverpool
- Fulham vs Sunderland
- Boreham Wood or Accrington vs Leeds
Leeds are subsequent in motion at 2pm on Sunday January 22, once they welcome Brentford to Elland Road, in a match stay on Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Cardiff return to motion at 3pm on Saturday January 21, once they welcome Millwall to the Cardiff City Stadium.