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Leeds United 1-0 Cardiff City

Alex Mowatt
Alex Mowatt's first goal of the season gave Leeds their first home win since March

Leeds United beat Cardiff City to register their first win at Elland Road since 4 March.

Neither side showed any cutting edge in a dull first half before Sean Morrison saw his header saved by Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri after the break.

Alex Mowatt scored the only goal of the game with a brilliant long-range strike in the 63rd minute.

Home striker Chris Wood should have made it 2-0 but shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

As well as being a first home success of the season, the victory also gave Steve Evans his first win since replacing Uwe Rosler last month.

Whites chairman Massimo Cellino, who has agreed a deal in principle to sell his majority stake to supporters group Leeds Fans United, was not present for the game after vowing on Monday to no longer attend matches.

The first half saw little action, with Leeds winger Stuart Dallas going closest with a shot that was beaten away by Bluebirds keeper David Marshall.

Cardiff carried more of a threat in the second period but found themselves behind when Mowatt struck home a superb effort to give Leeds a first goal from open play since 19 September.

Silvestri saved from Joe Mason and Morrison for a second time before Wood missed a great chance to wrap up the victory when he failed to hit the target having gone round Marshall in the dying minutes.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans:

"At the end of the game I was quite an emotional man, I was welling up.

"If I achieve nothing else I have won a game in charge of a famous football club at Elland Road.

"We were all down after the Blackburn game - it was the worst birthday I have had. I then spoke to the players about having some passion and drive.

"I'm very proud now. I was so down after last Thursday but had to lift them and I told them the minimum we needed was effort."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 67mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 28Berardi
  • 15DallasSubstituted forByramat 82'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 23L Cook
  • 10MowattSubstituted forPhillipsat 87'minutes
  • 7AntenucciSubstituted forDoukaraat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 2Byram
  • 11Doukara
  • 20Botaka
  • 25Buckley
  • 27Phillips
  • 29Sloth
  • 30Horton

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneSubstituted forAmeobiat 60'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 20minsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 78'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 10Mason
  • 19RevellSubstituted forJonesat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jones
  • 12John
  • 13Pilkington
  • 20Tamas
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 38Ameobi
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
17,914

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt blocked. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Mirco Antenucci.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips replaces Alex Mowatt.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Stuart Dallas.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Mason (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Peter Whittingham.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Alex Revell.

Delay in match Scott Malone (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Malone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 0. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

Joe Mason (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Craig Noone.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by David Marshall.

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

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3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
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21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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