Threadbare Leeds please Bielsa

22 September 2021 20:46:26 GMTPlus11
Bielsa happy to see Leeds progress

Marcelo Bielsa was pleased with the way his youngsters stepped up to help Leeds advance beyond Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Leeds have only won the EFL once in their history, lifting the trophy in 1967-68, but they can be backed at 12121/1 to get their hands on the silverware this season after booking a spot in round four.

With injuries starting to mount for the Whites, Bielsa was forced to play talismanic midfielder Kalvin Phillips in defence at Craven Cottage, while 19-year-old Crysencio Summerville was also handed a start.

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Youngsters fill the void

Under 23 duo Stuart McKinstry and Joe Gelhardt also made appearances off the bench against the Championship outfit.

After 90 minutes of play the two clubs couldn't be separated, playing out a goalless draw, however, Leeds held their nerve in a penalty shootout to win 8-7 and seal their spot in the next round.

Bielsa told Leeds' official website: "It was a very difficult game.

"We have a group of 18 players plus the support of the young players. 

"From the group of 18, nine were missing today. But, the young players managed to contribute and the absences weren't too bad."

The West Yorkshire side return to Premier League action on Saturday when they welcome West Ham to Elland road in pursuit of their first league win of the campaign.

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