Date:Wednesday September 26 2012
Vital Leeds contributor King Billy made the trip to Elland Road on Tuesday night to watch Leeds United beat Everton in the Capital One League Cup.
King Billy gives us his player ratings from the game on a successful night for Leeds.
He had very little to do in all honesty. A couple of ropey clearances in the first half but I don`t think the back passes helped. He could do very little with the goal and I think we are in safe hands if Paddy Kenny is injured.
I thought he struggled in the first half. He seemed to be running in treacle and his passing was all over the place. He got better as the game went on and he kept Everton quiet down the right.
An excellent game from Lees. He made a couple of last-ditch tackles in the first half and he looked solid all evening.
He wore the captain`s armband and led by example. He was fully committed and continued despite needing eight stitches in a head wound.
I have to admit, when I saw his name on the team sheet I was disappointed but he let no one down. He was another who got better as the game went on, surprising, as he has had so little football this season. He played his part in the crucial second goal. If he can play like this when called upon then he still has a part to play at Elland Road.
Another player who has had hardly any playing time this season but put in a good shift. The customary yellow card for Brown, who lives on the edge with his tackling.
Austin 8 Man of the Match
The bloke is colossal. He kept the Everton midfield quiet all night and inform Marouane Fellaini hardly had a kick. He scored the crucial second goal.
He is quickly winning over those fans who did not want him at Elland Road and he seems to be revelling in the atmosphere. He was a constant thorn in the Everton side all night and he ran Austin very close for the man of the match.
He is looking fitter and better with every game. I would have liked to have seen him have more of the ball as he troubled the Everton defence whenever he had it.
No goal for Becchio in this game but he came very close with a bullet header. He was the Becchio of old and it is great to have him back this season. He was a constant pain for the Everton defence all night.
What a way to get your first goal for Leeds. A brilliant individual goal, which had it been scored by someone from the Premier League, would have had the pundits raving about it. He continuously ran at the Everton defence and also helped out defensively when needed.
I went to the game hoping we would not get a drubbing and when I saw a few of the names on the team sheet, I was seriously worried.
So glad that the likes of Pugh and Brown were able to compound their critics (including me), has they played their part in the win.
I think the win and the performance showed that we have a squad full of battlers, who will not lie down against any side. All we need now is to get this investment sorted, bring in a few more players with the quality and we will give anyone a game in the championship.
After wins over Forest and Everton this week, we now need to continue this into the championship at Bristol City this weekend.
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Date:Wednesday September 26 2012
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