Leeds come from behind to see off battling Cambridge

Leeds marched into the fourth round of the FA Cup as they came from a goal down to beat League 2 side Cambridge United.

The Whites fell behind to Uche Ikpeazu’s first half strike before goals from Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt put Leeds in the nect round.

Garry Monk made eight changes to the side that beat Rotherham 3-0 at Elland Road.

Leeds hit the bar after just three minutes. Marcus Antonsson was sent down the left by Alex Mowatt and the Swede’s miss hit cross hit clipped the top of Will Norris’ goal.

Ikpeazu posed a threat for Cambridge upfront and was bullying the Leeds defence out of the game.

The forward went close for Cambridge just minutes later after a poor pass from Liam Cooper put the Leeds defence under pressure. Marco Silvestri got down low to save the forwards effort

A spicy 10-minute spell saw Kalvin Phillips, Pontus Jansson and Gaetano Berardi go into referee Craig Pawson’s book.

Jansson picked up his 10th booking of the season and will miss the Derby game on Friday night and the trip to Barnsley.

Ikpeazu put the home side in the lead on the 25th minute drilling the ball past Silvestri as the ball crashed in off the inside of the post.

Alex Mowatt forced a save out of Norris on the 40th minute. The midfielder’s long range, dipping shot was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

Norris then denied Leeds from the resulting corner as he saved Liam Cooper’s downward header.

Lewie Coyle replaced Berardi at half time. Monk clearly having Friday night’s game against Derby in mind with the defender having a booking.

Silvestri was forced into a save after five minutes of the first half. The goalkeeper failed to deal with a corner and had to tip over James Dunne’s lopping volley.

The Cambridge chance seemed to spark life into the Leeds team as they upped their intensity after about 50 minutes and started to get at the home sides defence.

Leeds were level on 56 minutes. Mowatt broke down the left-hand side and his cross was headed home by Dallas.

The Swede went close just five minutes later as he turned on the edge of the Cambridge penalty box but his left footed shot was saved by Norris.

Leeds were in the lead by the 63rd minute, in similar fashion to the first goal. Jansson’s header from a Leeds corner was turned in off the head of Mowatt.

Kyle Bartley replaced Liam Cooper on the 70th minute and Cooper limped off highlighting Leeds’ need for a centre back this transfer window.

Impeazu went close for Cambridge with 10 minutes to go but he couldn’t get enough on the glancing header and it went wide of Silvestri’s goal.

Cambridge went close in the 88th minute as Silvestri was forced into a double save from Piero Mingoia’s shot.

The win sets Leeds up with a trip to either Sutton United or AFC Wimbledon on the weekend of 28th January.

Monk’s side will turn their focus to their league fixture on Friday night against fellow Championship high flyers Derby County.

Man of the match- Alex Mowatt

Reporter- Matthew Beedle