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Game 22: Saturday 10 December 2005

Leeds United 0 - 1 Cardiff City
(Half-time: 0 - 1)
Crowd: 20597
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire)
Cardiff City
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Match Facts
Leeds United Team Cardiff City
Neil Sullivan   Neil Alexander Booked - 89 minutes
Booked - 90 minutes Gary Kelly   Neil Cox
Matthew Kilgallon   Glenn Loovens
Paul Butler   Rhys Weston
Booked - 70 minutes Liam Miller   Chris Barker
Subbed - 56 minutes Daniel Harding   Willie Boland
Subbed - 69 minutes Booked - 30 minutes Sean Gregan   Joe Ledley
Eddie Lewis   Kevin Cooper Booked - 65 minutes Subbed - 84 minutes
Subbed - 76 minutes Booked - 45 minutes Robbie Blake   Jason Koumas Goal - 31 minutes
David Healy   Jeff Whitley
Rob Hulse   Cameron Jerome
Ian Bennett   Martyn Margetson
Sub - 56 minutes Danny Pugh   Neal Ardley Sub - 84 minutes
Sub - 69 minutes Jonathan Douglas   Paul Parry
Simon Walton   Phil Mulryne
Sub - 76 minutes Ian Moore   Alan Lee
Match Reports
BBC Leeds 0 - 1 Cardiff
The Guardian Koumas is a class act and wants Cardiff to benefit in longer term Koumas ends Leeds' run
The Sporting Life Leeds 0 - 1 Cardiff
The Sunday Times Ridsdale has last laugh
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds taunted by Koumas
Yorkshire Evening Post Leeds turn in a horror show

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Koumas is a class act and wants Cardiff to benefit in longer term - Richard Polkey

Copy from Football Unlimited of 12/12/2005.

As a breed, managers do not really relish singling out skilful players for particular praise. They prefer to highlight the contribution of the unsung hero, men who, like the Cardiff midfielder Kevin Cooper, return from injury to run themselves into the ground for the collective good. Or the 34-year-old Neil Cox, who clambered out of his sick bed to organise a defensive line that fended off Leeds United's clumsy thrusts with barely an alarm all afternoon.

Without Cox at the back and Cooper and his ilk to sweep the stage - or "retain the ball in areas which allow us to go forward", as Cardiff's manager Dave Jones put it - players like Jason Koumas would be an irrelevance, and of course that is true. But so too is the fact that without individuals with the ability of Koumas and the hugely promising Cameron Jerome, City would be a team of journeymen; honest, solid and going nowhere. With them, they may be heading for the play-offs. They are now back in fifth place.

Koumas, on a season's loan from West Bromwich after falling out with Gary Megson and Bryan Robson, may still have something to prove in the Premiership, but at this level he is a class apart. Roaming intelligently behind the hard-running Jerome, he was the dominant figure of a first half in which Cardiff were so superior that Leeds, despite coming into the match on a four-game winning streak, did not muster a single attempt on goal worthy of the name.

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