Harris delighted with "statement" win for Cardiff

22 June 2020 00:13:07 GMTPlus10

Neil Harris praised the efforts of his Cardiff City side as they recorded a 2-0 home victory over Leeds United, who missed the chance to move back into first.

The Whites arrived in Wales knowing a win or draw would take them back to the summit, having been bumped down to second following West Brom's draw on Saturday, but they head back to West Yorkshire with nothing.

Leeds almost took the lead through Luke Ayling, who had scored three goals in his last 5 Championship games, in the first half but his flicked header from a corner was cleared off the line by Will Vaulks.

We wanted to make a statement. We've scored two glorious goals.

Neil Harris

Cardiff then took the lead in the 36th minute through Junior Hoilett, with his thumping effort from the edge of the box finding the top-left corner and taking his tally for the season to five.

Leeds should have levelled the scores after the break when Tyler Roberts looked to have an easy tap-in from Patrick Bamford's headed knockdown, but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep his side 1-0 ahead.

The Bluebirds made sure of the points in the 72nd minute when Robert Glatzel, on as a second-half substitute, took one touch on the edge of the area before his half-volley hit the inside of the post and rolled into the back of the net.

With that win, Cardiff have climbed to seventh in the Championship, only outside of the top six on goal difference, and Harris expressed his delight after the game.

"It tells us we're focused and have a desire and hunger for success," he said. "We wanted to make a statement. We've scored two glorious goals."

Cardiff are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Preston and the visitors are 3.10 for the win, while a draw is 3.00 and the home win 2.50.

The Bluebirds are 41.00 to be promoted.

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