By Matt Farr
Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has accused Cardiff of playing defensive football during their Championship clash at Elland Road on Saturday.
The 18-year-old midfield enforcer criticised Neil Warnock’s side for their unflattering playing style, despite Cardiff running out 2-o winners.
Reflecting on the performance for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Vieira claimed that he was not surprised that Cardiff came to Elland Road to shut up shop, but lamented the errors the cost his Leeds side a second consecutive defeat.
He said: “It was like we were expecting it. Cardiff were going to come and play for the draw.
“We tried to keep the ball at a good tempo and we started the game well and the second-half well. It was just a few mistakes where we got caught.
“Teams are going to come here and try to slow things down but we’ve got to speed it up as we’re playing at home.”
Vieira was responsible for one of the blunders that cost his side on Saturday, gifting the ball to Aron Gunnarsson who teed up Kenneth Zohore to fire past a stranded Rob Green for Cardiff’s second goal of the game.
It was a rare mistake from a player that has emerged this season a bright young talent, establishing himself as a regular part of Garry Monk’s first-team at Leeds.
He has made 26 appearances for the Championship club in all competitions this season, scoring one goal.
The defeat was a considerable shock to Leeds, who have turned Elland Road into a fortress this season, having been defeated just three times at home.
However, it also saw their promotion hopes take a minor blow with just a four point cushion between their current position in fifth and dropping out of the play-offs.
Sheffield Wednesday, who sit just two points behind Leeds in sixth, have a game in hand.
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