Leeds United on loan midfielder Michael Tonge is looking forward to the Capital One League Cup tie with Southampton this evening.
Tonge is happy that there is another game so quickly after the disappointment of defeat to Birmingham City at the weekend and he feels that the players can relax more this evening with them going into the game as underdogs.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Tonge said, “It is good to have a game, whether it is league or cup. It is good that we are at home in the cup and we are playing against a Premier League side, so we are not under as much pressure.
“We can go out there and really enjoy it and try to put on a performance and hopefully set us up nicely for the next league game.”
Tonge is expected to stay in the side this evening despite struggling with a shoulder injury in recent weeks.
He returned to the side for the Birmingham game on Saturday after being rested for the previous midweek game with Charlton Athletic.
The midfielder is on loan to Leeds from Stoke City until December, having struggled to earn a place in the Stoke side since his move to the Britannia Stadium in 2008.
The 29 year old is enjoying his best run of games since a loan spell with Derby County in 2010.
Tonge has made ten appearances for Leeds since joining in September and he has already chipped in with two goals, both long distance efforts against Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.
He is once again working with former boss Neil Warnock, for whom he played for at Sheffield United.
The competition will bring back happy memories for the pair having reached the semi-finals in 2003 before narrowly losing out to Liverpool over two legs.
Tonge was the hero in the first leg when he scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.
They eventually went out after extra time in the second leg, losing 3-2 on aggregate.
Both will be hoping for a similar run this season. A win over Southampton would book Leeds place in the quarter-finals for the first time since reaching the final in 1996.
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