Cardiff manager Malky Mackay hailed substitute Fraizer Campbell after he made
the telling difference with the solitary strike in the league leaders’
victory over Leeds.
Campbell, who was making his debut for the Welsh club after joining from
Sunderland in last month’s transfer window, scored two minutes after
entering the fray as a replacement for Bo-kyung Kim. “I know to my cost what
he’s like in this division,” Mackay said.
“When he played for Hull a few years ago he scored 18 goals in 36 games, he’s
a really willing runner, an intelligent footballer and someone who knows
where the goal is. We’ve given him a chance to prove himself again and he
wants to take it with both hands. I’m delighted with him”.
The result extends Cardiff’s advantage at the top of the standings to 10
points. Leeds, who suffered their first league defeat at home since Nov 10
stay in 12th, six points off the play-off positions.
In truth there was little to choose between the two sides and Neil Warnock’s
men had the better of the first half. On another day his Leeds side would
have gone into the interval ahead but they were unable to muster the
finishing power that had helped them beat Tottenham
in the FA
Cup last Sunday. Ross Barkley was the main culprit, firing straight
at David Marshall from six yards in the 34th minute. Four minutes later the
midfielder was presented with a chance to atone for that miss but fired