LUFC Warnock full of praise for team performance
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he couldn`t fault any of his players after they produced an FA Cup shock with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road.
Leeds never looked back after going ahead through Luke Varney on fifteen minutes and they more than matched their Premier League opponents, who came into the game fourth in the league and unbeaten in their previous eight games.
Ross McCormack doubled Leeds lead just after half time with a fine finish when he cut inside Jan Vertonghen to give Brad Friedel no chance.
Tottenham put out a strong side with only one of their starting eleven not a full international and Warnock felt the strength of the visitors was a compliment to his side.
Speaking on ESPN, Warnock said, "It was just a fabulous FA Cup game. I have always loved the FA Cup, going back to when I was a kid and it was nice that we beat them with (Gareth) Bale and (Aaron) Lennon in the side, it was quite a compliment to us.
"I couldn`t fault anybody, one to eleven."
Tottenham had started well. Gylfi Sigurdsson tested Jamie Ashdown and Clint Dempsey failed to keep a header down when he found space in the Leeds area.
They were made to pay when Varney got in behind the Tottenham defence and he cut in to beat Friedel.
Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone both tested Ashdown but their final ball was going astray and they were left to try their luck from long-range.
McCormack missed a great chance to increase the lead for Leeds close to half time when he found himself one-on-one with Friedel but he couldn`t beat the experienced goalkeeper.
Leeds started the second half well and their good start was rewarded when McCormack fired Leeds further ahead.
Dempsey missed a great opportunity to bring Tottenham back into the game soon afterwards when he fired wide with the goal at his mercy but he made no mistake a few minutes later when his glancing header gave Ashdown no chance.
Tottenham continued to press but they rarely threatened the Leeds goal and McCormack missed another opportunity to increase the lead when Friedel once again denied him when he found himself in behind the Tottenham defence.
The visitors had a late flurry of corners and a free kick in the dying seconds, which saw Friedel come forward but Leeds were not to be denied a deserved win and a trip to Manchester City in the fifth round.
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