Whilst many things in football have changed, one thing for sure is that Leeds United haven’t.
The brief was simple, win and we go top of the Championship, but that would be too easy on the nerves.
As usual with Leeds, we dominated possession, and chances came, Alex Smithies producing some fine saves to deny both Roberts and Harrison.
However, this wasn’t going to be the dream restart we had hoped for with Junior Hoilett taking advantage of a rare Kalvin Philips mistake. His shot from the edge of the box beating Ian Meslier on 35 minutes.
On this occasion, even Bielsa’s half time words and touchline roars failed to impact upon the result and Cardiff took their second chance through Robert Glatzel.
Two shots on target, two goals.
We have seen this type of game many times before, we didn’t play badly and we dominated possession (69%-31%), we just made two mistakes.
Yesterday’s performance highlighted just how crucial Pablo Hernandez is to the team, we missed his creativity and his ability to create time on the ball. Hopefully he will be back in contention for Saturday.
It was disappointing after the hype and we should have won, but despite the result, we are 7 points clear of third with 8 games to go.
We will learn from the game and get back on track on Saturday at Elland Road. The crowd noise being inside the stadium and the crowdies will hopefully provide more familiar surroundings than the silent Cardiff City Stadium.
This was never going to be easy, this is Leeds United.