Date: 16th September 2020 at 10:12pm
Written by:
Leeds United
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Hull City

Elland Road

EFL Cup Second Round

16/09/2020 7:45 pm

Attendance: 0

Referee: David Webb

Leeds United Hull City
Alioski (93) Wilks (5)
Casilla Ingram
Davis Coyle
Casey 45 Jones
Cresswell McLoughlin
Douglas Elder
Bogusz 78 Docherty
Poveda Batty
Shackleton Wilks 72
Roberts Honeyman 81
Alioski
 
Lewis-Potter 45
Rodrigo Scott
 

Substitutes

Meslier Emmanuel
Bamford Samuelsen
Struijk 45 Mayer 45
Harrison Greaves
Phillips Chadwick 72
McCalmont Cartwright
Gotts 78 Jones 81

Game Statistics

8 Goal attempts 19
2 On Target 7
7 Corners 7
15 Fouls 17
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
65 % 35

Following on from Leeds United’s scintillating return to the Premier League with our 4-3 defeat to reigning Champions Liverpool last Saturday, Wednesday evening’s action had us back on Elland Road soil as we welcomed Hull City in the Second Round of the EFL Cup.

Cup progression this year is not a priority as top flight survival is the focus, although it would be a further welcome financial boost with fans still not back in the Stadium yet and going into the game we had every confidence of taking victory over the visitors.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa made plenty of changes but it was still a strong side with talented youth mixed in but we didn’t have the perfect start as the visitors were ahead five minutes into the game. Although we had our usual possession, Hull had the far greater chances in the opening 45 minutes and come the half time break, we hadn’t managed a shot on target.

Short of more Hull dominance (chances not the ball) in the second half, the main thing of note was Ezgjan Alioski’s 93rd minute leveller to take us to penalties and after 17 attempts they won it 9-8.

Looking at the team sheets we should’ve taken them, but there’s always a Cup hiccup…but again it wasn’t a priority this year and plenty of our youngsters have an experience they cannot forget, and that can only serve them, and us, well moving forward.

Given how congested this season will be, exiting the Cup – whilst galling – could also be a blessing when it comes to survival.

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