Heidi's Blog - Leeds Continue Perfect Start to 2024 in South Wales

14 Jan 2024 02:51 am, by Lufcheidi

Cardiff v Leeds United | 13th January 2024 | Cardiff City Stadium

After a nine-hour hospital visit with my husband yesterday, it was touch and go whether I would make it to the game today. When you have someone with a terminal illness we feared the worst, but it was such a relief to learn his cancer hadn’t spread. You only have to scratch underneath the surface though to find the pressure that this brings with it, so I was grateful to get on the coach to the game. This is my recuperation time for relaxing, sleeping on the coach, being with our fans and watching our team which makes me stronger and able to carry on. Having just returned from the 17 hours round trip to Cardiff, you could say it’s been a challenging two days but having met many of our Welsh fans there today, they do this for every home game. We have a fantastic worldwide fan base, and I wouldn’t expect anything else from them. The things fans do to follow their team cannot be underestimated. Thank you for all the concern and support from everyone today too.

As we got back onto our coach after the game, I was appalled to hear what had happened to one of our fans as he queued to get into the ground. He is now heading to A & E in Leeds and will be in for a long night on top of the trip today. He is one of the mildest mannered people I have met but was on the receiving end of over-the-top aggression from a steward who I hope at the end of any investigations, is never allowed to be one again.

With an icy chill in the air with snow forecast over the coming days around the country, it didn’t take long for the Leeds fans to be able to celebrate an opening goal. Sheer persistence from Summerville at the left-hand side of the goal after a Firpo pass saw him cut the ball back into the middle of the goal. The initial ball was blocked but Bamford hit the rebound into the net to the delight of the travelling support. Just after the half hour mark this time it was Kamara who provided the ball to Summerville who proceeded to beat two defenders and their keeper to cross the ball for James to get our second goal. With the Leeds fans in good voice, this was a great result so far as coming to Cardiff hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us for many years. I did see Leeds win at Ninian Park in 1972 so had been keeping those memories with me today so it must have rubbed off on the team! Rutter saw the keeper make a good save from his shot as the score stayed at 2-0 to Leeds as we went in at the break.

The second half saw a great pass from Gray to James in the penalty area who lifted the ball over the keeper but saw it bounce off the top of the crossbar and away. Cardiff suddenly looked dangerous on the attack, but their final shot was weak and Meslier picked the ball up easily. Leeds were awarded a penalty when Rutter was brought down in the area. Bamford picked the ball up and handed it to Summerville who saw his shot bounce back off the post with no one near enough to hit the rebound into the net. Rutter was fouled and as he was waiting to come back onto the pitch, I thought he was going to be subbed but he stayed on the pitch.

Leeds came forward again towards the Leeds fans and James danced through two defenders as they collided with each to come away with the ball. His speed saw him get a cross to Summerville as he pulled the ball back which Bamford left as it reached Rutter. He took the ball to the right and hit a sweet shot into the bottom corner of the net to send the Leeds fans into raptures and came to celebrate right in front of me. His celebrations of playing a guitar in tribute to Luke Ayling who was transferred to Middlesbrough this week was lovely to see. That was an emphatic victory today and it’s a long time since we’ve seen a performance like that in Cardiff that’s for sure, but we’ll take the plaudits for it.

There had been a great buzz amongst the fans especially paying tribute to Ayling as well as supporting the team today. I did get out of the way at half time once the beer started to get thrown as it was too cold for a beer bath. A great three points today as we now have a break before playing Preston at home next Sunday with another early kick off before a very busy period of games.

See you then, LUFC – Marching on Together!

Leeds won the game 3-0 with Bamford (13), James (31) and Rutter (88) scoring the goals.

Team: Meslier (Back from suspension), Ampadu, Rodon, Gray, James, Bamford, Summerville, Kamara, Firpo, Rutter, Gruev

Ambadu was the first Welsh International to captain Leeds in Wales since John Charles did it v Cardiff City on 6/10/1956 and only the second in our history (Stat by @lufcstats)

Subs: Byram for Firpo (84), Piroe for Bamford (90), Shackleton for Kamara (90), Anthony for Summerville (90), Gnonto for James (90)

Unused Subs: Klaesson, Gelhardt, Poveda, Joseph

Attendance: 25,991 (3,213 Leeds Fans)
Referee: Oliver Langford
Booked: Gruev

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Lufcheidi wrote on 16 Jan 2024 12:25 am

whiteswan wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:40 am Dislocated elbow :x awful.....OB, what is the prognosis?

Heidi, fantastic report, will reply tomorrow (or rather later today)
Just seen a photo of the bruising. I took a couple of photos on the coach and the swelling was bad enough. It’s going to take time to heal and his complaint has gone in to Cardiff and hopefully the police soon too. It should never have happened.

whiteswan wrote on 15 Jan 2024 01:40 am

Dislocated elbow :x awful.....OB, what is the prognosis?

Heidi, fantastic report, will reply tomorrow (or rather later today)

Lufcheidi wrote on 14 Jan 2024 10:47 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 10:25 pm Hey ! That's got me to thinking - How far is Stuey off ?????

I'm suddenly feeling all gooey.
I would love him to make it back into the team

Lufcheidi wrote on 14 Jan 2024 10:47 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Sun Jan 14, 2024 10:24 pm All PB is currently doing, is everything Bert taught him to do.

I like to think DF has gone over some of PB's best Bert games and said - "this is what i want you to do for me"

" No probs gaffer, it will never leave me, it's the best i've ever played"
It's working and hopefully will continue to do so

Kennyb41 wrote on 14 Jan 2024 10:25 pm

Hey ! That's got me to thinking - How far is Stuey off ?????

I'm suddenly feeling all gooey.