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Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd celebrates

Leeds 0-4 Cardiff

Leeds United   0 - 4   Cardiff

By David Dulin
at Elland Road

Jay Bothroyd struck twice as Cardiff City ruthlessly took apart Leeds United to go joint-top of the Championship.

A mix-up between goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Alex Bruce let in Bothroyd to give Cardiff the lead with his first of the night.

Michael Chopra beat the offside trap to score the second from the edge of the box, before Bothroyd guided in a Chris Burke cross for his 11th of the season.

Lee Naylor's long-range strike rounded off an emphatic win for Cardiff.

The Bluebirds are looking like real contenders for automatic promotion and their fourth successive Championship victory moves them level on points with leaders Queens Park Rangers - who are top with a higher goal difference.

It was Cardiff's biggest victory at Elland Road and the damage was done in just nine second-half minutes as Leeds, who had previously held it together after the defensive howler that led to Bothroyd's opener, were swept aside.

It was the third successive home defeat for Leeds, shipping 12 goals in the process, as Simon Grayson's side struggle to make an impact on their Championship return following last season's promotion.

But the home side had started the brighter as Bruce glanced Robert Snodgrass's corner wide and Jonathan Howson went close with a 25-yarder.

Cardiff had not had much of a look-in until Bruce failed to deal with Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton's long punt upfield and Schmeichel then misjudged the bounce - allowing the ball to go through his legs - leaving Bothroyd to score into an empty net.

On-loan Wales captain Craig Bellamy had a chance for a second as he tested Schmeichel with a volley from the edge of the box, before setting up Seyi Olofinjana whose shot was blocked.

Leeds were once again opened up at the back but Bothroyd, racing through, dragged his shot wide of the far post.

The hosts had chances as Jonathan Howson made a mazy run into the box, skipping through several challenges, but the ball got stuck under his feet at the crucial moment.

Jones lauds attacking potency

Then Bradley Johnson delivered a great ball from the left across the six-yard box but no one was able to get on to the end of it.

Cardiff, though, gave another warning just before the break as Bellamy carved Leeds open down the left flank and cut back to Bothroyd, whose shot was blocked by Paul Connolly.

Leeds failed to heed the warning signs and it took George McCartney's goal-line clearance to deny Gabor Gyepes' header after the restart.

The second was not long in coming, though, as Mark Hudson dispossessed Davide Somma to find Chopra, who beat the offside trap and fired beyond Schmeichel for his first goal since coming back from an ankle injury.

Four minutes later, Bellamy started the move of the night, which eventually found Burke overlapping on the right to cut back to Bothroyd who crisply slotted into the net.

And Bellamy was involved again on the hour as he found full-back Naylor, who smashed in his second of the season from 25 yards with Schmeichel rooted to the spot.

Leeds did put the ball in the net when Luciano Becchio beat Heaton with a header only to see it ruled out for offside, just before substitute Ramon Nunez fired narrowly over, but by then the game was already out of sight.

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Monday, 25 October 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 0-4 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Bothroyd 22
    • Chopra 51
    • Bothroyd 56
    • Naylor 60

    Leeds United

    • 01 Schmeichel
    • 02 Connolly
    • 04 Bruce
    • 05 Collins
    • 29 McCartney yellow card
    • 14 Howson
    • 16 Johnson (Gradel 63)
    • 17 Faye (Clayton 81)
    • 10 Becchio
    • 23 Snodgrass
    • 27 Somma (Nunez 54)

    Substitutes

    • 30 Brown,
    • 26 Bromby,
    • 07 Gradel,
    • 08 Kilkenny,
    • 15 Clayton,
    • 22 Hughes,
    • 33 Nunez

    Cardiff

    • 22 Heaton
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 03 Naylor
    • 05 Hudson
    • 06 Gyepes
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 11 Burke
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 08 Chopra (Keogh 73)
    • 09 Bothroyd
    • 39 Bellamy

    Substitutes

    • 01 Marshall,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 10 McPhail,
    • 19 Koumas,
    • 23 Blake,
    • 28 Wildig,
    • 17 Keogh
    Ref: OliverAtt: 20,747
    LEEDS
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Leeds 44%
    • Cardiff 56%

    Attempts on target

    • Leeds 5
    • Cardiff 12

    Attempts off target

    • Leeds 8
    • Cardiff 5

    Corners

    • Leeds 5
    • Cardiff 4

    Fouls

    • Leeds 12
    • Cardiff 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:10 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+0:59 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance made by Kevin McNaughton.
    • 89:50 Luciano Becchio fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Neill Collins takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:04 Adam Clayton takes a shot. Blocked by Gabor Gyepes.
    • 88:29 Craig Bellamy is penalised for a handball. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.
    • 87:18 Jay Bothroyd challenges Neill Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:45 Ramon Nunez crosses the ball.
    • 86:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Craig Bellamy. Direct free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 85:49 Handball by Robert Snodgrass. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 85:41 The ball is delivered by George McCartney.
    • 84:32 Ramon Nunez takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
    • 83:19 The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy.
    • 82:14 Paul Connolly delivers the ball, clearance by Mark Hudson.
    • 81:26 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 80:22 Foul by Seyi Olofinjana on Max Gradel, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.
    • 80:22 Substitution Adam Clayton comes on in place of Amdy Faye.
    • 77:51 Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
    • 76:25 Lee Naylor has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 74:26 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass played to the near post, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 73:29 Max Gradel produces a cross, save by Tom Heaton.
    • 72:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luciano Becchio. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 72:20 Substitution Andrew Keogh on for Michael Chopra.
    • 72:03 Centre by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 71:33 Lee Naylor takes the free kick.
    • 68:58 Effort on goal by Ramon Nunez from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 66:14 Paul Connolly delivers the ball, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 65:51 Shot by Jonathan Howson. Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:07 Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Paul Connolly takes the free kick.
    • 64:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Jonathan Howson. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McNaughton on Max Gradel. Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.
    • 62:59 Substitution Bradley Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Max Gradel.
    • 61:21 George McCartney concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick, Paul Connolly makes a clearance.
    • 61:21 Booking George McCartney goes into the book.
    • 60:54 Amdy Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bellamy. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.
    • 60:42 The ball is delivered by George McCartney, save made by Tom Heaton.
    • 59:22 Assist on the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
    • 59:22 GOAL - Lee NaylorLeeds United 0 - 4 Cardiff A goal is scored by Lee Naylor from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-4 Cardiff.
    • 58:41 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, George McCartney makes a clearance.
    • 57:09 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, save by Tom Heaton.
    • 57:02 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:37 The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.
    • 55:37 GOAL - Jay BothroydLeeds United 0 - 3 Cardiff Jay Bothroyd scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-3 Cardiff.
    • 54:21 Peter Whittingham challenges Amdy Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:17 Foul by George McCartney on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:17 Substitution Ramon Nunez comes on in place of Davide Somma.
    • 52:28 Bradley Johnson delivers the ball.
    • 50:59 GOAL - Michael ChopraLeeds United 0 - 2 Cardiff A goal is scored by Michael Chopra from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-2 Cardiff.
    • 50:00 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:54 Foul by Peter Whittingham on Bradley Johnson, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Tom Heaton.
    • 46:33 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gabor Gyepes takes a shot. George McCartney makes a clearance. Drilled right-footed shot by Chris Burke. George McCartney gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Neill Collins.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:51 The referee blows for offside. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 44:53 Jay Bothroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Bruce. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:20 Long range effort by Bradley Johnson goes over the bar.
    • 43:35 Peter Whittingham takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luciano Becchio.
    • 43:23 The ball is crossed by Peter Whittingham, clearance by George McCartney.
    • 42:48 Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 42:02 Alex Bruce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:24 Shot from outside the box by Bradley Johnson misses to the left of the goal.
    • 40:07 Jay Bothroyd has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 37:03 A cross is delivered by Bradley Johnson.
    • 36:34 Davide Somma sends in a cross, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
    • 34:26 Jay Bothroyd has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 33:28 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 33:00 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Collins.
    • 32:10 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Bruce.
    • 31:25 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 31:01 Chris Burke delivers the ball, Neill Collins makes a clearance.
    • 30:01 The ball is sent over by Bradley Johnson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Robert Snodgrass misses to the right of the target.
    • 29:16 The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Alex Bruce.
    • 28:16 The ball is swung over by Paul Connolly.
    • 27:25 The official flags Luciano Becchio offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
    • 25:46 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Luciano Becchio manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:25 Craig Bellamy produces a cross.
    • 24:50 Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd. Free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
    • 24:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on Michael Chopra. Peter Whittingham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
    • 23:45 Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 21:55 GOAL - Jay BothroydLeeds United 0 - 1 Cardiff Jay Bothroyd grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Cardiff.
    • 21:17 The referee blows for offside. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:41 Davide Somma is penalised for a handball. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:51 Luciano Becchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 19:30 Shot by Seyi Olofinjana. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 17:29 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jonathan Howson goes wide right of the target.
    • 17:21 The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:46 Peter Whittingham takes a shot.
    • 13:57 Amdy Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Shot on goal comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick.
    • 13:32 Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Lee Naylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:40 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Alex Bruce takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 11:19 Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Alex Bruce has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 11:09 Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, blocked by Peter Whittingham.
    • 9:26 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.
    • 4:16 George McCartney delivers the ball, Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 1:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Amdy Faye. Amdy Faye restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 25 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 13 21 29
    2 Cardiff 13 14 29
    3 Swansea 13 5 23
    4 Norwich 13 4 23
    5 Watford 13 7 21
    6 Coventry 13 4 21
    7 Burnley 13 6 20
    8 Reading 13 7 19
    9 Millwall 13 3 19
    10 Nott'm Forest 13 3 19
    11 Doncaster 13 1 19
    12 Derby 13 5 18
    13 Portsmouth 13 1 18
    14 Ipswich 13 0 18
    15 Scunthorpe 13 0 17
    16 Leeds 13 -6 17
    17 Barnsley 13 -7 15
    18 Sheff Utd 13 -8 15
    19 Hull 13 -8 13
    20 Preston 13 -9 13
    21 Leicester 13 -11 12
    22 Middlesbrough 13 -10 11
    23 Crystal Palace 13 -11 11
    24 Bristol City 13 -11 10


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