Creepy Crawley Conquer Calamitous Leeds

11 Jan 2021 09:01 am, by Ellandback1

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Creepy Crawley Conquer Calamitous Leeds

Three second half goals from third division minnows Crawley Town sent Premier League Leeds crashing to their second consecutive defeat and the New Year, tumbling the West Yorkshire side out of the FA Cup at the third round for the fourth season running.

Nick Tsaroulla put the Reds ahead just after half time with a well taken individual effort. He turned Shackleton and Hernandez with ease before out-sprinting Casey and Phillips to give himself room to drive a ferocious strike across goal , and under the despairing dive of Kiko Casilla. Ashley Nadesan doubled the lead minutes later beating Casilla at his near post having bolted past Casey.

The game was put to bed twenty minutes from time from yet another set piece. Tunnicliffe pounced onto a rebound; the defender made no mistake from five yards out.

Are the cracks beginning to show? Its one thing lose 3-0 against Spurs, but losing to a side that cost a grand total of just over 2 million should feel very humble to be in the fortunate position they are in.

Post match reactions

Crowley Manager John Yems and players reaction

Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa's reaction

Are the youngsters up to the task

Yesterday's second half display clearly shows that both he fringe players, and the youngsters from the academy are not as good as they should be following the money invested in players and the facilities!

We've seen Accrington Stanley demolish the U23's 7-0 (though we played a weakened U18 team) in the group stages of Football League Trophy. Once back to full strength, the Whites were beaten by Barrow from the East Midlands Counties League and thrashed by Blackpool 3-0. Leeds were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by neighbours Hull 9-8 on penalties in the second round!

The 23's are sat at the top perch of the Premier League 2 table, three points clear of Wolves, BUT you have to admit that the first team have had a massive impact on results!

Leeds U18 have collected 5 points from 10 games and have a minus 18 aggregate.

When the promising youngsters are sent out on loan, how many of them make the grade?

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Carrick Dave wrote on 11 Jan 2021 11:49 pm

Drameh looked brilliant for the U23s today, looks a world beater - get him into the first team straight away.

:whistle: :whistle:

Irish Ian wrote on 11 Jan 2021 08:29 pm

we avoided a trip to Bournemouth

Irish Ian wrote on 11 Jan 2021 07:09 pm

So it seems those HT subs were all pre meditated.

I get the Cooper and perhaps even Struijk subs but not Rodrigo.

Leeds1000 wrote on 11 Jan 2021 03:47 pm

Cjay wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:34 pm Crawley.

Was a disgrace, Bielsa got it terribly wrong and fans have the right to be furious. It isnt an overreaction at all its a perfectly understandable reaction.

Only 1 team ever has performed similarly badly vs a team with such a big gap in league position ever in FA Cup history.

Lets not pretend it hasnt made us a laughing stock and wont be talked about in 10 20 30 years.


No of course they arent up to it yet, Hull tore them to bits now Crawley, the younger ones are still boys who need a proper footballing education not the pampering they get in the academy. Id send Greenwood, Jenkins, Casey etc to League 2 for the rest of the season.

As a side note, why do we pick Casey over Cresswell? Cresswell always looked to me the better player?

Imo even players like Struijk, Shacks, Davis need loans as well. You will never see what level they really are until you see them playing 90minutes week in and out.

Any half decent u23 can have occasional decent moments but they need games to show whether they can be good players imo.

Hopefully as we sign ready made first 11 players and certain current first 11 players become bench players or leave we can allow the younger players the loans they need for their development.
Its going to boost Mark Wrights viewing figures that's for sure. We will forever be linked with him and that show. Add to that Crawley have the second lowest budget in the EFL and it really was up there in the biggest Cup shocks. Great to see the emotion in that kid who scored their first goal. He was left for dead in a car crash and it took him 12 months rehabilitation to get back playing. Leeds are always accommodating for the Butcher, Baker & Candlestick maker to have their day in the sun.

I think Bielsa will have told certain players they were playing before the game and we know he's a honorable man that way. Wrong decision for me, play the game to win you only get one chance. None of the players were any good and let themselves and the fans down badly. Some long weekends ahead watching Crawley progress in the Cup. Good luck to them in the 4th round.. they won't get a easier game than that.

Ellandback1 wrote on 11 Jan 2021 02:41 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:39 pm :tup: fact it is a good overall team display mate...Burnley unbeaten in last 5