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Rodrigo pushes steward, Gnonto scores worldie, Klich gives middle finger to Cardiff fans

Rodrigo pushes a steward, Gnonto scores a worldie, and Klich gives the middle finger to Cardiff fans in Leeds’ 5-2 FA Cup win on Wednesday.

Leeds secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round winning convincing at Elland Road in the replay of the third round.

With a stunning scissor kick in 26 seconds, Wilfried Gnonto set the hosts on the right track, was 3-0 after 36 minutes with Willy getting the second and Rodrigo grabbing his 12th goal.


Curtis Nelson, thought he had a chance to get back in the game before the break. However, his header was ruled out after a VAR review.

Patrick Bamford came off the bench at half time to score two goals within five minutes. This brings his total to three in two games, after scoring his first goal of the season against Aston Villa on Friday.

Callum Robinson scored a consolation goal for the visitors. He then converted a penalty with the last kick of game to reduce the deficit.

Victory for Leeds – their first since the 5th of November 2022, sets up a fourth round clash away at Boreham Wood and Accrington who will play each other in the replay on Tuesday the 24th of January.

Player ratings

Leeds: Meslier (6), Kristensen (6), Llorente (6), Wober (6), Firpo (6), Roca (6), Adams (6), Harrison (8), Greenwood (7), Gnonto (9), Rodrigo (7)

Subs: Bamford (8), Aaronson (6), Ayling (6), Gelhardt (6), Sinisterra (n/a)

Cardiff: Alnwick (5), Sang (4), Nelson (5), Simpson (4), Bagan (4), Sawyers (5), Harris (5), Rinomhota (5), Colwill (5), Ojo (6), Etete (6)

Subs: Wintle (6), Kipre (6), Robinson (8), Davies (6), Whyte (n/a)

Man of the match: Wilfried Gnonto

There were many moments that were ighly talked about on social media throughout the seven goal thriller.

Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch speaking on ITV: “Willy has been playing at a high level for a few weeks now, so I’m not surprised. It was a great start with his first goal.

“I think he has developed really quickly. You can see his belief in himself. He’s a really grounded person and I think part of his success is that he’s about his work, he’s about always trying to do more, do better, taking on information that we give him and then trying to put it into practice. It was another really good performance from him.

“It was funny because Luis [Sinisterra] went down injured and it gave Cry Summerville a chance to get going; Cry has gone down and it’s given Willy a chance to get himself going. You can see the confidence is developing, even coming out of the Villa game, I knew that we were going to be confident. That was good to see tonight.

“Now to have Patrick [Bamford] fit and gathering some momentum, looking sharp and scoring goals, that is a very positive sign for us. We feel like, even with the addition of Georginio Rutter, that we have some weapons now.”

Interim Cardiff manager Dean Whitehead: “It’s the worst possible start. We made mistakes in the lead-up to it, but it was a quality ball and a quality goal from a top player. I think, particularly in the first half, Leeds were good, but we made it very, very easy for them, at times. When we pressed, we didn’t all press together, we left big gaps and good players take advantage of that.

“We addressed it at half-time, changed the shape and started the second half much better. Again, made some mistakes, but we finished with the positive of two goals, which will be great for us moving into Saturday. This bunch of players don’t give up in any game.

“It’s tough, but everybody wants to win games and we’ve got to do that very quickly.

“I’m going to do it [the interim manager role] until I get told otherwise. We’ve got a bunch of players and staff here who work very hard. Yes, we lack in areas – of course we do – but we’ll work our hardest to get points on the board and move up that table. We’ll go into Saturday and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Here’s what fans said as Rodrigo pushes a steward, Gnonto scores a worldie, and Klich gives the middle finger to Cardiff fans…

@rodrigoallufc: hahha willy with the steward i’m screaming

@Chris_ALTV: Willy with the steward 🤣🤣🤣 #lufc

@Strombo94: I say it again, kid is tapped and I love it. An Italian hybrid of Messi, Alioski and Klich.

@WantEllis: Not rodrigo absolutely sending the wrong steward flying #rodrigo #leeds #lufc #leecar #facup

@LeeRobsonLUFC: Fucking love his passion every time he scores 💙 Made even better by shoving that little doyle of a steward who’s always trying to spoil the fun with and in the south stand every game for the last 4/5 seasons at least 🤌🏼

@cammarshaII: He’s copped his fare share of criticism, some of it justified, but his love for the club can never be questioned.

@Shortieyates04: Steward got violated 😂

@Kingdanny30: 10 game ban incoming for shoving the steward 😂

@pjacko2060: WTF are the stewards trying to do anyway, he wants to celebrate that moment with those that it means so much too.

@TheGribster: Got to applaud the quality of the ball from Rodrigo, who looks to be in his element this season. 👍🏻

@IanWebber78: 8/10 on the Di Canio scale.

@PL13Les: That’s naughty

@rorynewman: Deserved better commentary

@AllLoveLeeds: We bought Gnonto for £4M yes that’s 4 MILLION POUNDS!!! Insane!!

@MarcHarrison197: Great ball in by Rodrigo too. He’s playing out of his skin at the moment.

@samuelj104: O wow. Finish that 🔥

@josh14951078: Holy shit even better on replay 😍😍

@24Lufc: This finish is just all kinds of silly. The boy is special

@ChicagoWhites: You’ll be talking about this goal for years to come! #LUFC

@eltel89: Bloke is an absolute hero. Love you @Cli5hy #lufc

@TomIrvine96: I’m gonna fucking miss him

@ryanwignal1: Childish behaviour… and I love it 🤣

@ossett_white: You love to see Klichousery 🖕🏻 he’s #lufc & he knows he is

@paulryder80: Shithousing to the end. Good luck @Cli5hy 🤍💙💛

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