Leeds United are through to the next round of the EFL Cup following a confident 3-0 win over Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium. The Whites earned the win thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Gaetano Berardi and Mateusz Klich.
However, the League Two side’s boss Graham Alexander will undoubtedly be happy with his team’s efforts in a game they fought valiantly.
Speaking to the Salford City Twitter account after the game, he stated his belief that conceding so close to half-time was a hammer-blow. He also stated his disbelief that his side conceded from a corner against Leeds.
“The goal just before half-time was a little bit of a dagger to the heart. I thought, up until then, they didn’t really get in behind us. They didn’t have clear-cut opportunities except long-range.
“The disappointment from myself and the players after the game is the second goal…We didn’t expect to concede from a set-piece. It became an uphill task there.”
There is no doubt Nketiah’s goal just before half-time relieved some of the pressure for Leeds.
The second goal, however, is when the game looked wrapped up and it was a brilliant piece of thinking from the Leeds players or, indeed, management.
As Alexander suggested, the home side were far superior in the air compared to Leeds and did not expect to concede from a set-piece.
Therefore, Leeds decided to go low with this corner and it was a rare piece of attacking composure from captain Berardi that turned Helder Costa’s brilliant delivery goalward.
It was an excellent move from Leeds and one that clearly caught the opposition napping.