By Saikat Mandal

19th Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Roy Keane details mood at Thorp Arch after Leeds United win in FA Cup v Cardiff City

Roy Keane suggested on ITV that the “feel-good factor” will be back at Thorp Arch after Leeds United won their FA Cup tie against Cardiff on Wednesday (18 January) at Elland Road.

After being forced to play a replay following a 2-2 draw, the Whites produced arguably their best performance of the season to pick up a 5-2 win. The players were jubilant after the final whistle as they not only moved to the next round but also secured their first win after the World Cup break.

Keane, who watched the game as a pundit for ITV 4, said on 18 January [09:55pm] that everyone will be smiling and feeling a bit better about themselves on Thursday morning in Leeds training, as nothing can beat the feeling of winning a football match.

“[It was a] good night for Leeds. The feel-good factor, you can see the reaction after the game,” said Keane on ITV.

“If you go to the Leeds training ground [on Thursday}, you’ll see everyone smiling and feeling a bit better for themselves. You can’t beat winning football matches. They’ll have the feel-good factor over the next few days.”

Spot on

It was a terrific performance from the Whites who were completely dominant from the beginning. 

Willy Gnonto was outstanding during the game and scored twice. He could have had a hat trick to his name, but his effort on target was well saved by the Cardiff goalkeeper in the first half. 

Rodrigo has been enjoying the form of his life, and he scored again to take his goal tally to 12 in all competitions this season. 

Jack Harrison has been superb and he was instrumental in breaking moves for the Whites. Patrick Bamford came from the bench and scored twice to cap off a wonderful performance. 

The only concern remains the fragility at the back, and there seems to be no remedy at the moment to rectify it. 

This victory will give tremendous confidence to the Whites, and they must carry it forward to the Premier League now. 

They face Brentford, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United in their next three games. Jesse Marsch should look to pick at least six points from these fixtures. 

In other Leeds United news, one fan favourite is likely to get the nod from the start in our predicted XI to face Cardiff.