Leeds v Cardiff
- FT 90 +4
- HT 0-1
Robert Snodgrass struck a second-half equaliser for Leeds after an inspired performance by keeper David Marshall had threatened to deny the hosts.
Cardiff took a 17th-minute lead when Joe Mason pounced on Darren O'Dea's hesitancy for an opportunist strike.
Leeds completely dominated from then on as Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Adam Clayton tested Marshall.
But the goalkeeper had no chance when Snodgrass poked in from Tom Lees' knock-down 17 minutes from time.
Lees then wasted a glorious chance to snatch victory in the closing stages but he failed to connect properly with a free header from six yards.
Cardiff, who have now failed to win in six consecutive away games, could have had few complaints had Lees scored after the visitors offered almost nothing as an attacking force in the second half.
The result ends a string of six straight defeats for Leeds against the Bluebirds, but the home side created enough opportunities to feel they deserved better.
Cardiff's opener owed much to Mason's perseverance but O'Dea's dithering just inside his own penalty box was the deciding factor.
The centre-back won the race to Peter Whittingham's speculative through ball, but he stumbled as he attempted to clear, giving Mason the opportunity to nick the ball.
Mason, whose fine recent form kept Kenny Miller and Rob Earnshaw on the bench, shifted the ball to his left to avoid Rachubka's lunge and finished left-footed at full stretch for his third goal in as many games.
O'Dea could point to a slight nudge from behind as he reached the ball, but it was his own indecision that opened the door for Mason.
Leeds responded positively, and both Andy Keogh and McCormack were inches away from connecting with Paul Connolly's superb low cross behind Cardiff's static back four.
Keogh's earlier header had forced Marshall into a point-blank save, and then the keeper got down well to turn Snodgrass' header around the post.
The home side then took full control after the break as they added much needed impetus into their play, but they found Marshall on top form.
Snodgrass fired a thunderous drive straight at the Scotsman, before McCormack's low curler forced the keeper to dive low to his left.
Adam Clayton was the next to try his luck - his first effort, a 30-yard drive, was tipped over, and a desperate block from a Cardiff defender then spared Marshall from having to stop his fierce volley.
From the resulting corner, Marshall produced the save of the match as he threw out a strong left hand to stop Jonathan Howson's downward header.
But the incessant Leeds pressure finally brought the deserved equaliser on 73 minutes as Snodgrass ended Marshall's impressive resistance.
Lees rose highest to meet a hopeful ball into the Bluebirds box and Snodgrass poked the ball home as Marshall chose to stay on his line.
Cardiff were lucky to escape when Lees' glancing header went inches wide, but the home side were indebted to Aidy White in the final minute as he cleared from under his own bar as Aron Gunnarsson looked to pounce.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson: "When you look at the chances we created and the number of top saves their keeper made, we can feel unfortunate not to win the game.
"We didn't start as brightly as we could, and we had to up the tempo after half-time.
"But we found their keeper in inspired form and, on another day, we could have won."
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay: "Leeds had a lot of pressure in the second half but I thought controlled the game in the first half.
"We created a couple of chances near the end as well where could have nicked the win so overall I think a draw was a fair result.
"We played well in that first half and we were playing against a team who have had one defeat at home this season."
- 12 Rachubka
- 02 Connolly
- 22 Lees
- 28 White
- 48 O'Dea (Kisnorbo - 32' )
- 14 Howson
- 15 Clayton Booked
- 16 Pugh (Sam - 78' )
- 23 Snodgrass
- 38 Keogh (Becchio - 55' )
- 44 McCormack
- 30 Cairns
- 03 Kisnorbo
- 07 Vayrynen
- 11 Sam
- 10 Becchio
- 01 Marshall
- 02 McNaughton
- 03 Taylor
- 05 Hudson Booked
- 25 Turner
- 07 Whittingham
- 08 Cowie Booked
- 11 Conway (Kiss - 62' )
- 17 Gunnarsson
- 37 McPhail
- 20 Mason (Miller - 70' )
- 22 Heaton
- 04 Kiss
- 23 Blake
- 09 Miller
- 10 Earnshaw
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +2:45
Ross McCormack is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.90:00 +2:23
Paul Connolly produces a cross, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:54
Unfair challenge on Tom Lees by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.90:00 +1:26
Patrick Kisnorbo challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the free kick.89:57
Andrew Taylor sends in a cross, save by Paul Rachubka.88:59
Close range header by Filip Kiss goes over the crossbar.87:56
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, save by Paul Rachubka.87:13
Kenny Miller fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.86:42
The ball is crossed by Adam Clayton, David Marshall makes a save.86:19
The ball is crossed by Kenny Miller, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.85:47
The referee blows for offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.85:14
Mark Hudson challenges Luciano Becchio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Clayton from left wing, clearance made by Filip Kiss.84:50
A cross is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson.83:41
David Marshall takes the direct free kick.83:41 Booking
Booking The referee shows Adam Clayton a yellow card.83:29
Adam Clayton challenges Stephen McPhail unfairly and gives away a free kick.82:39
The ball is sent over by Lloyd Sam, Headed effort on goal by Tom Lees from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.81:18
Free kick awarded for a foul by Filip Kiss on Ross McCormack. Strike comes in from Robert Snodgrass from the free kick.80:32
The ball is sent over by Lloyd Sam, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
Ross McCormack produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.78:34
Centre by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Mark Hudson.78:15
Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.77:10
Free kick taken by David Marshall.77:10 Substitution
Substitution Danny Pugh leaves the field to be replaced by Lloyd Sam.77:10
The offside flag is raised against Tom Lees.76:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Mark Hudson. Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.75:51
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robert Snodgrass. David Marshall takes the free kick.73:49
Foul by Ben Turner on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Adam Clayton takes the direct free kick.72:17
Assist on the goal came from Tom Lees.72:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Robert Snodgrass - Leeds 1 - 1 Cardiff Robert Snodgrass finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-1 Cardiff.70:51
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Aidan White. Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.69:45
Kenny Miller produces a cross.69:05 Substitution
Substitution Kenny Miller on for Joe Mason.68:05
Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.67:09
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Jonathan Howson takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save.66:51
Shot from 18 yards from Adam Clayton. Mark Hudson gets a block in.66:02
Free kick crossed by Ross McCormack.66:02 Booking
Booking Don Cowie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.65:57
Handball by Don Cowie.65:31
Adam Clayton takes a shot. Andrew Taylor gets a block in.65:14
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line.64:42
Effort from 25 yards by Adam Clayton. Save made by David Marshall.63:58
Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Kisnorbo. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.63:26
Peter Whittingham takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.62:28
Patrick Kisnorbo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Mason. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right wing, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.61:04 Substitution
Substitution Craig Conway leaves the field to be replaced by Filip Kiss.61:04
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Tom Lees goes harmlessly over the crossbar.59:44
Ross McCormack has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.57:44
Patrick Kisnorbo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Mason. Mark Hudson takes the free kick.55:54
The ball is delivered by Paul Connolly, save made by David Marshall.54:44 Substitution
Substitution Luciano Becchio replaces Andrew Keogh.54:15
Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.53:57
Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.53:40
Shot by Ross McCormack. Save made by David Marshall.52:53
The referee blows for offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.52:22
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Howson, save made by David Marshall.50:56
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Header by Andrew Keogh from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.50:37
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.48:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Keogh by Ben Turner. Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.48:04
Robert Snodgrass is caught offside. David Marshall takes the free kick.45:54
The ball is delivered by Paul Connolly, save by David Marshall.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +1:10
Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Ben Turner makes a clearance.45:00 +0:52
Robert Snodgrass takes the outswinging corner, Aron Gunnarsson makes a clearance.45:00 +0:23
Jonathan Howson takes a shot from 12 yards. Mark Hudson gets a block in.44:40
Ross McCormack takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Mark Hudson.42:34
The referee blows for offside against Andrew Keogh. David Marshall takes the free kick.39:16
Centre by Don Cowie, Headed effort on goal by Mark Hudson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.37:30
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Tom Lees produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.36:46
Ben Turner challenges Paul Connolly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.36:16
Andrew Taylor produces a cross, Patrick Kisnorbo makes a clearance.35:44
Patrick Kisnorbo concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Mason. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.35:24
The ball is sent over by Paul Connolly, clearance made by Mark Hudson.33:10
Paul Connolly sends in a cross.31:13
Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.31:13 Substitution
Substitution Patrick Kisnorbo replaces Darren O'Dea.31:13
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Darren O'Dea.28:16
The ball is sent over by Aidan White, save made by David Marshall.27:32
Joe Mason is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.24:51
Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Don Cowie crosses the ball in from the free kick.22:34
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass. Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line.21:08
Handball by Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.20:30
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Paul Connolly makes a clearance.18:57
Paul Connolly delivers the ball, save by David Marshall.18:39
Aidan White crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Turner.18:25
Paul Connolly crosses the ball, clearance by Andrew Taylor.16:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Joe Mason - Leeds 0 - 1 Cardiff Goal scored by Joe Mason from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Cardiff.15:54
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.14:49
Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Keogh. Darren O'Dea takes the direct free kick.13:03
The official flags Ross McCormack offside. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.12:30
Handball by Peter Whittingham. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.12:01
Peter Whittingham takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tom Lees gets a block in.10:57
Kevin McNaughton fouled by Andrew Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McNaughton takes the free kick.8:34
Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.8:34 Booking
Booking The referee books Mark Hudson for unsporting behaviour.8:24
Mark Hudson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack.7:30
The ball is sent over by Andrew Keogh, David Marshall makes a save.5:04
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Tom Lees takes a shot. Kevin McNaughton gets a block in.4:09
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Mason by Tom Lees. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.3:32
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Rachubka makes a save.3:19
Shot by Aron Gunnarsson. Save made by Paul Rachubka.1:57
Joe Mason is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.0:00
The match begins.
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