Cardiff City boss Russell Slade praises Federico Macheda for display v Leeds United in Championship

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Federico Macheda is praised for his performance against Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday by Cardiff City manager Russell Slade.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has been singing the praises of Federico Macheda.

The former Manchester United striker was on target against Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium and continued his recent run of good form.

The 23-year-old scored the Bluebirds’ second goal of the Championship encounter against the West Yorkshire outfit midway through the second half and came close on a couple of other occasions.

  GoalsTotal ShotsShots on TargetGoal AssistKey PassesTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Federico Macheda 1 3 1 0 0 20 16 37 1 75

The goal against Leeds means that Macheda has now scored in all three of Slade’s wins as the Cardiff manager.

The Italian striker joined the Welsh outfit in the summer of 2014 after being released by United, but struggled to make an impact under former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Slade was pleased with Macheda’s display against Leeds and is quoted as saying by Cardiff’s official website: ‘Macheda is a confident boy.

‘He needs a run of games to get the best out of him. We encourage him to try and be a little stronger when the ball is played into him but he has that extra gear to glide past people, good feet and he can finish.

‘There are some really good qualities to his game – and don’t forget, he is only 23; he is still a learner. The good thing is he takes things on board'.

Cardiff are currently 11th in the Championship table with 22 points from 15 matches. They are next in action on Tuesday when they take on Bolton Wanderer at the Reebok Stadium.

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