Sometimes i do wonder if devoting so much of my time, money & effort to LUFC is worth it :shock:
First half was a scrappy affair although we didn't look under too much pressure with Silvestri only having to make one save which you'd expect from any keeper to deal with competently. A Bianchi sublime pass threaded out to Warnock who put in a decent cross only for the inept Morison to make a right mess of his header.
Second half both sides went for it as the play opened up with both fans witnessing a football match only for our defenders to turn the game into a circus show
Goal 1....we deal with a set-piece, then the ball his floated back in where two of our players jumped for the same ball, Morison should have won but no it came back across the six-yard line only for Manga to have a free header as Bellusci had lost his man, where Pearce was god only knows ?
Goal 2....Pearce makes an initial mistake i believe, Macheda picks up the ball as Bellusci backs off & backs off allowing the ex-Man U striker to unleash a shot that deflects unluckily off the hapless Pearce. Why didn't Bellusci make a challenge begs the question
Goal 3....Cardiff goalie boots the ball upfield where once again Bellusci is involved as between him & Silvestri they make a right old hash of it, a Calamity Jane moment. After seeing a recording on the telly this morning i do think MS should have stayed in his box as he more or less kicked fresh air in the end as he tried to put his boot through the ball
Three more mistakes added to the other soft goals conceded of late, i'm at pain to say but these type of errors could seriously lead us into a relegation scrap, whether we have the players to cope with that sort of pressure i don't know !
Tbh Cardiff were no great shakes even though the Blues or is it the Reds have an experienced championship squad
Just look at their team & bench : Marshall, Brayford, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone, Pilkington Le Fondre, Macheda....Subs - Kenwyn-Jones, Ralls, Revel Morrison, Moore, Gabbidon, Connolly, Maynard.
We handed them the three points on a silver plate with our inability to carry out basic defensive duties
Silvestri - Marco's poorest game of the season (he's allowed one), has been one of our most consistent performers this season 4
Berardi - struggled with Noone running at him but did okay - 6
Bellusci - our best player in the first half with some crucial blocks & composed play, 2nd half he gave one of the worst defensive performances i've witnessed, a horror show - 2
Pearce - fans favourite who looks like his days are number, definitely not a captain/leader - 4
Warnock - probably our most consistent defender of the season - 7
Cook - still raw, as usual some of our fans gave the kid some stick, the same folk who laid into young Mowatt last season - 6
Bianchi - apart from one sublime pass, a poor contribution generally - 5
Mowatt - so pleased to see young Alex showing his early promise in his initial games for Leeds....MOTM by a country mile - 9
Doukara - reminds me of Carlton Palmer all legs & hasn't a clue what he is doing at times, then he shows skills that you'd think would be beyond him - 5
Antenucci - received no service whatsover, always coming deep to receive the ball - 5
Morison - was a sheer waste of space, poor touch & control of a football, two wasted headers on goal, should have won the header which lead to the first goal plus other missed headers in the build-up play - 3
Dawson - gave us energy & livened up our play - 6