Andy Couzens labels Liam Cooper silly after Leeds captain's sent off against Cardiff

Liam Cooper of Leeds United (C) walks off after being sent off during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29,...

Liam Cooper was given his marching orders during the first-half of Leeds United's clash with Cardiff City.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United (C) walks off after being sent off during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sutton United and Leeds United at Borough Sports Ground on January 29,...

Andy Couzens has suggested that Leeds were out fought during the first-half of their Championship clash with Cardiff on Tuesday night, and labelled Liam Cooper's red card as silly.

Thomas Christiansen's men arguably played their worst half of football since he arrived at Elland Road in the summer, with the Bluebirds capitalising on some mistakes from the Whites to take a 2-0 lead at the break.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United FC passses the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on August 22, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds' task of getting back into the game was made even harder as Cooper was dismissed shortly before the break after receiving two yellow cards.

The first for the defender came as he appeared to lunge into a challenge with both feet off the ground. Kevin Friend only cautioned the Whites skipper - seemingly because he got a decent amount of the ball while his back leg appeared to be bent back enough to take some of the edge out of the tackle - despite the apparent protests from the Cardiff players.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

However, he was not on the pitch for much longer as a late challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing saw Cooper - who was called up to the Scotland squad this week - dismissed for a second yellow.

The former Chesterfield man's reaction after making the challenge gave away that he knew what was coming - and unsurprisingly, there was little protest from anyone wearing white as the red card came out. 

And Couzens took to Twitter at half-time to comment on Leeds' first-half display - which saw the Whites fail to test the Cardiff goalkeeper - and the captain's red card.

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