Leeds thump Cardiff to progress in FA Cup

Willy Gnonto and Patrick Bamford have both struck twice as Leeds thumped Cardiff 5-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay at Elland Road.

Gnonto gave Leeds a flying start with a stunning volley inside the opening minute and fired home his second after Rodrigo had struck his 11th goal of the season to put his side 3-0 up before the interval.

Substitute Bamford then bagged a second-half double before Callum Robinson scored two late consolations for Cardiff as Leeds reached the fourth round of the competition for the first time in six years.

Leeds scored five goals for the first time since beating West Bromwich Albion 5-0 in December 2020 and now face an away tie at Accrington or Boreham Wood.

A stoppage-time equaliser from Leeds teenager Sonny Perkins salvaged a replay at the Cardiff City Stadium 10 days ago, but the managerless second-tier strugglers were put to the sword before half-time.

Cardiff sacked Mark Hudson after Saturday's 1-1 home draw against Wigan extended their winless run to nine games in all competitions, but it was a night to forget for interim boss Dean Whitehead in his first game in charge.