Whether or not Liam Bridcutt touched an eagerly awaiting leg of Gregg Halford we will never know. It seemed very soft after being booked for decent in the first half. Bridcutt has been struggling for form in recent weeks and yesterday summed up Leeds’ and his last week.
Bridcutt has struggled to get hold of games in recent weeks. He couldn’t get a foothold in either the Blackburn or Huddersfield games and despite dominating and dictating the middle of the park yesterday he couldn’t prevent Leeds sinking to another defeat at the hands of Cardiff City. We couldn’t break the away side down and by the time Bridcutt was sent off the game was pretty much running itself down with the help of the Cardiff City players who were getting their job done. The recent defeats shouldn’t really come as a shock as we have been playing very poor since the turn of the year taking Derby and a half against Rotherham out of the equation.
Bridcutt will probably be replaced with Eunan O’Kane on Tuesday and it could be a blessing in disguise for Leeds. Our best form of the season has come with O’Kane dictating from deep midfield but with Bridcutt in the side he has to make way, as we saw at Blackburn the pair were to similar and couldn’t get to grips playing with each other. O’Kane will now do the same job as Bridcutt on the ball and let Ronaldo Vieira bomb around confronting the opposition. With Liam Cooper and not Pontus Jansson behind it seems to put the players slightly off and Bridcutt wasn’t being given the ball enough yesterday, Cooper opting for diagonals much to the frustration of the crowd.
We need a big response on Tuesday and the experience and composure of Eunan O’Kane could be key to the game. Bristol City aren’t a bad side and their form doesn’t represent the team coming to Elland Road. Bridcutt will be available for the trip to Ipswich in the following game.