'A class above': BBC pundit stunned by one Leeds player tonight, Gnonto and Bamford aside
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'A class above': BBC pundit stunned by one Leeds player tonight, Gnonto and Bamford aside

Leeds United reached the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday thanks to a 5-2 victory over Cardiff City at Elland Road.

Jesse Marsch’s Whites drew 2-2 with the Bluebirds in the Welsh capital earlier this month to set up a replay in Yorkshire.

Leeds were quick out of the starting blocks and took the lead in the first minute through the outstanding Wilfried Gnonto.

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The Italian has quickly become a fan favourite at Elland Road and sent his team’s supporters into raptures once again with a wonderful scissor-kick volley.

Midway through the second half, Rodrigo Moreno netted a great goal of his own.

Jack Harrison split the Cardiff defence open with a pass for Rodrigo, who duly sent Jak Alnwick sprawling before firing into the unguarded net.

BBC Sport pundit Pat Nevin, commentating on Radio 5 Live, loved what he saw from the Spaniard.

A lesser quality player would have shot first time,” he said. “Rodrigo is a class above.

“He knows it is a difficult chance from that angle so he just waits, he waits for the keeper to come.

“It’s the most comfortable pass into the far corner once he takes the keeper out of the play.

“No blame on the keeper whatsoever, just well done Rodrigo.”

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Leeds front line enjoys fine night in front of goal

Gnonto then made it 3-0 moments later, making the most of another superb ball from Harrison.

The second half then belonged to Patrick Bamford, who came on at the break and bagged himself a brace.

Cardiff managed to bag two consolations late on, Callum Robinson netting in the 84th minute and converting a penalty on 90 minutes.

While Illan Meslier will have been disappointed with failing to keep a clean sheet, they didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Leeds picked up a much-needed morale-boosting win, the forwards got on the scoresheet, and the club advanced in the FA Cup.

Up next for Marsch’s side is Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Brentford at Elland Road.

And in the FA Cup fourth round, Leeds will be away at either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood on Saturday 28 January.

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