By Jonty Banks

10th Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Cardiff City man Sheyi Ojo claims no Leeds United fear after Sonny Perkins saves embarrassment

Cardiff City attacker Sheyi Ojo has admitted there is “no reason to fear” Leeds United in their FA Cup third-round replay after a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Premier League side on Sunday (8 January).

The Whites were sloppy in the early stages of the encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium as they fell two goals behind after just half an hour.

A neatly taken goal from Rodrigo reduced the deficit before Sonny Perkins spared Jesse Marsch’s blushes with an injury-time equaliser to force a replay, which will be played on either Tuesday 17 January or on Wednesday 18.

As reported by Wales Online, Cardiff goalscorer Ojo believes the Championship side can take a lot of confidence to Elland Road with them.

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming tie, he said: “To be honest mixed emotions.

“I mean, obviously I think as a team we played very well. We were solid. We stuck to our game plan, we know Leeds, obviously are a good team. We showed them respect but not too much.

“I feel like we deserved to win the game. So, there’s no reason to fear Leeds. Obviously, they are a big club and they’ve got good players, but you know, if we put that tough performance in again, there’s no reason why we can’t win.”

Can’t get any worse

For the many fans who travelled to the Welsh capital on Sunday afternoon, it was a journey wasted for the most part.

Leeds just didn’t seem up for the game in the first half and seemed to carry a slight arrogance about the way they thought they could carve open their Championship opponents.

Marsch must have had a stern word at the break, as the Whites were much improved in the second 45, with both Rodrigo and Perkins looking bright when coming off the bench. In the end, Leeds probably didn’t deserve the draw, but boy, will they take it.

Another loss for Marsch at the weekend would have increased the scrutiny on his job tenfold, and the American manager won’t hold any punches in the replay later this month.

Fans can expect the Whites to go full speed into this encounter and look to blow the Championship strugglers out of the water early on. It would be a huge surprise if Mark Hudson’s side were to progress to face either Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley.

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