By Saikat Mandal

18th Jan, 2023 | 8:34pm

BBC pundit wowed by Leeds United forward Willy Gnonto after 'astonishing' goal v Cardiff

Leeds United are cruising to the next round of the FA Cup after taking a healthy 3-0 lead at the break against Cardiff at Elland Road on Wednesday (18 January).

Willy Gnonto scored twice for the Whites, while Rodrigo netted the other one as the Whites demolished Cardiff in the first half, as Leeds are on course to secure their first win after the World Cup break.

Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 Live (relayed by BBC Sport) was blown away by Gnonto’s first goal and hailed it as “astonishing”.

“You won’t see too many better goals tonight, this week, this season,” said Nevin on BBC Radio 5 Live (relayed by BBC Sport) after 3rd minute of the game.

“That was astonishing technique. That is an astonishing goal. He scissors it, technically you’re not supposed to do that but he did it and he did it brilliantly. What a goal, what a start to this game.”

Scintillating

It has been a scintillating performance from the youngster, and arguably the best performance from Leeds at Elland Road all season. 

Gnonto was unstoppable on the night. 

His first goal was unreal, while he second goal was equally magnificent. He could have added another goal to his name but his effort was saved. 

Rodrigo was equally brilliant as he scored a fantastic goal to give the Whites a 2-0 lead. 

Jesse Marsch will be pleased with the performance of Jack Harrison who was magnificent throughout. He was involved in all the goals for the Whites, and created some wonderful chances. 

Likewise, Sam Greenwood has been superb as well. 

Unless Leeds press the panic button and go into self-destruction, they should win this game comfortably. 

What has been really frustrating is that they nearly conceded a silly goal in the first half that could have allowed the visitors to come back into the game. 

In other Leeds United news, we’ve been exclusively informed about a group of senior Leeds players telling the board they want Jesse Marsch to be sacked.