EFL Cup 1st Round
13/08/2019 7:45 pm
|Salford City||Leeds United|
|Nketiah (43), Berardi (50), Klich (58)|
Following some disappointment following Leeds United’s weekend clash against Nottingham Forest, given manager Marcelo Bielsa only saw his side take a point when we really should’ve made it six from six, Tuesday’s action pitted us against Salford City in the first round of the EFL Cup.
Bielsa and our first team boys headed to Moor Lane for the game and given the links to Manchester United through their owners, this was alway going to be a bit of a tasty one, but our Argentine gaffer selected a strong group although we did see some changes such as deadline day signing Eddie Nketiah making his senior bow following his switch from Arsenal.
Leeds naturally had far more of the ball, but Salford were a tough cookie to crack and pretty much matched us on overall chances for large periods of the first half. Nketiah did get the breakthrough just ahead of the halftime break though, as he opened up his club account and we started to really threaten them. It only took Gaetano Berardi five minutes in the second period to double our advantage as he nipped in from a corner. Mats Klich added a classy third as he broke in the 58th minute and it was simply a question of how many, or, did we blood the youngsters on the bench?
Sadly, we did neither although Alfie McCalmont did come on for the final 20 minutes, but with the game secured we saw it out sensibly enough so I doubt anyone will complain. Although for the more glass half empty amongst us, the chances on the night being so close will be a concern I guess.