It was a case of unlucky 13 for Leeds United last night as their unbeaten run was broken last night.
Since a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City back on 25th October, Leeds had put together a 12 math unbeaten run. The return fixture last night though was a game too far for a weary Leeds team and a fourth game in 10 days proved Uniteds undoing. Leeds made two changes from the side who drew with Middlesbrough on New Years Day, with Billy Paynter replacing Luciano Becchio and Ben Parker returning from an 18 month injury nightmare to replace Andy Hughes at left back.
Cardiff took an early lead through Craig Bellamy and went into the break with a 1-0 lead. United equalised on the hour mark with a stunning strike from Robert Snodgrass, but Cardiff clinched the win 10 minutes from time through Michael Chopra .Simon Grayson was philosophical following the defeat: “We made mistakes for the goals and you can’t afford to do that against a team of Cardiff’s quality. But we were on top when they scored the winner” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. He feels that Leeds have the ability to bounce back: “Our confidence won’t be affected … In 10 days time we start again against Scunthorpe United and I want us to go on another run.”
Striker to join?
Despite an abundance of strikers at the club, Leeds United are again being linked to a highly rated lower league goal scorer.
The man in question this time is Chesterfield striker Craig Davies. The Welsh international has struck 14 times this season ands according to the Daily Mail is on the radar of several Championship clubs. Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United are also said to be looking at the 6ft 2 striker, whose contract with the Spireites is up at the end of the season.
Magpies Gradel interest.
Newcastle United are being heavily linked with a January transfer window move for Max Gradel.
Sky Sports.com report that the Magpies are looking to add to their attacking options and despite manager Alan Pardew working on a tight transfer budget, the club are reported to be willing to pay up to £6M for the Ivorian winger. If a deal does go ahead, then it may well involve a swap deal using Alan Smith as a makeweight. Rumours continue that Simon Grayson is interested in bringing the Leeds born player back to the club where he made his name. Leeds are looking for a holding midfield player, and Smith is seen to fit the bill.