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Leeds United 2 - Darlington 1

Elland Road

06/10/09 7.45pm

Attendance: 8,429

Leeds squeeze through

Leeds made six changes from the weekend game, for the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy second round clash at Elland Road with Darlington

Tresor Kandol and Aiden White got their first starts of the season and there was also recalls for Michalik, Robinson and Prutton.

Davide Somma got a place on the bench alongside young keeper Jones.

Leeds dominated the early exchanges with Kandol going close on three occasions.

Robinson opened the scoring for Leeds when his free kick took a slight deflection on its way into the net.

Within minutes, Kandol had doubled the lead after a good through ball from Kilkenny.

After looking comfortable for almost the whole of the first half the visitors got a life line on the stroke of half time when substitute Convery scored from close range.

Enoch Showunmi replaced Tresor Kandol at half time in the Leeds attack.

Leeds looked to regain their two goal advantage in the early exchanges of the second half, Richard Naylor twice going close.

Darlington gave Leeds a scare just past the hour when Convery who scored the first missed a simple chance at the far post.

Davide Somma replaced Mike Grella with twenty minutes remaining to make his first team debut for the club.

The visitors were still very much in the tie and Kevin Gall was next to go close when he shot wide.

Somma`s debut didn`t last long when he suffered a hamstring injury, with Somma leaving the pitch it reduced Leeds to ten men for the final five minutes having already used their three substitutes.

Leeds almost conceded a penalty kick in the closing minutes when Bromby handled in the area but it went unseen from the officials.

The sides were ten against ten in the final seconds of the game when goalkeeper Liversedge was sent off for bringing down Showunmi on the edge of the area.

A much changed Leeds side held on and booked their place in the next round of the competition.


Ankergren, Bromby, Michalik, Naylor, Hughes, Robinson, Kilkenny, Prutton, White, Grella, Kandol

R. Jones, Beckford, Johnson, Showunmi, Somma

Liversedge, Arnison, Foster, Plummer, Miller, Gary Smith, Jeff Smith, Groves, Devitt, Barnes, Gall

Knight, Bennett, Main, Convery, Baines

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The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 6 2009

Time: 9:41PM

Your Comments

Made hard work of it, whats more worrying is three strkers going off injured to join Becchio on the treatment table. We are down to Beckford and Showunmi!!!
well hopefully grayson will see sense if becchio isnt back and play kandol with beckford for norwich
Not looking good on the injury front but at least we squeezed through.
Simon Grayson is not happy with the performance, says a few could be on there way out.
well only 2-3 from there that cud possibly go out are kandol,prutton and robinson.. michalik i still thinks a good player who gets undeserved stick as hes starting to find his form again. he just needs grayson to play him and kishnorbo. naylor doesnt look ready yet and only in games hes played in the results hav been dodgy...
i like the fact graysons annoyed. that shows hes a great manager. just because its a small tournament he obviously wants the best out of the team every game. as for the strikers, has to be kandol to recover becchio. banging em in for reserves, not forgetting the 4 against newcastle reserves.
Nice to see White back now we have 2 left sided players no need for Hughes at L B.
Tiny T

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