Christiansen makes surprise statement about Leeds' performance v Cardiff

By Russell Edge

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has claimed his side played well during their 3-1 defeat to Cardiff on Tuesday.

The Whites were convincingly beaten by Neil Warnock’s men at the Cardiff City stadium, which saw the Bluebirds leapfrog the away side to the top of the Championship.

A double from Kenneth Zahore sandwiched a Junior Hoilett strike for the home team, while Kemar Roofe netted to reduce the deficit to 3-1 for Christiansen’s men.

However Leeds had to play the entirety of the second half with ten men after captain Liam Cooper saw himself dismissed for two yellow cards in first half injury time.

However, the manager surprisingly admitted his side played better with ten men on the pitch, insisting that they managed to create better opportunities than they did in the first 45 minutes.

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Speaking to LUTV, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, he said: “We played well in the second half, we played better with ten men than we did eleven.

“We scored one and created some opportunities as well.

“We have to move on from this result.”

Following defeat, Leeds now sit second in the Championship table on 20 points, although will fall into third on Wednesday when sixth placed Sheffield United take on third placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, no matter the result.

A win for the Blades would see them jump to second on 21 points, a draw would see Wolves go to 21 points instead and a win for the Molineux side would see them join Cardiff on 23 points at the summit of the table.

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