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Five things we learned about Leeds from their 2-0 win against Cardiff

Leeds United and Cardiff City went head-to-head this week.

Leeds United continued their resurgence with a 2-0 victory against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, just three days after the Whites had defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Elland Road.

Here we take a look at five things we learned from Leeds’ latest Championship clash:

Leeds are back in business

Leeds fans would have been livid if they had not defeated struggling Bolton in the Whites’ own backyard, but the win against Cardiff was a different prospect entirely.

The Bluebirds are flying high in the second tier and are aiming to finish in the play-off places, but Leeds went to Wales and delivered a sucker-punch to those ambitions.

Bamba and Bellusci are formidable

Both Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci have come in for plenty of criticism this season but the defensive duo are playing brilliantly right now.

They kept Cardiff at bay all night and while some credit must also go to goalkeeper Marco Silvestri it is the centre-backs that deserve the most plaudits.

Antenucci is well and truly back

Was Mirco Antenucci’s two-goal haul against Bolton a blip? It certainly was not, with the Italian again finding the net again on Tuesday.

He may have missed an earlier chance but he will take great confidence from going on a scoring run and could fill his boots between now and the end of the season.

Width is not always the answer

Leeds may have been crying out for additional width in the summer but on Tuesday manager Steve Evans opted to keep three wide players on the bench and make things narrow against Cardiff.

It worked a treat and shows the boss is not averse to changing things up depending on the opposition.

Berardi is a calming influence

Scott Wootton’s presence at the back no doubt caused some of the shakiness from Bamba and Bellusci, but with Gaetano Berardi returning at right-back calm was restored.

The Swiss full-back’s return was timely and he was composed against tough opponents despite picking up a yellow card.

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