Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leeds Look to Boro after Cup Thrashing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leeds Look to Boro after Cup Thrashing

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LEEDS slumped to an Elland Road humbling as they were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea in their League Cup quarter-final.

United - who face Boro next - took an early lead but were swamped by the resurgent Blues in the second half of their Capital One Cup clash.

Despite the result Leeds manager Neil Warnock, who shook hands with rival Rafa Benitez after the match to draw a line under a row dating back to 2007, was pleased with his side's display And he quickly turned his attention to Saturday's looming Championship clash with Boro.

Warnock is also eagerly-awaiting news of the completion of the club's pending takeover by Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital, which is scheduled to be finalised tomorrow.

"I'm disappointed because I thought if Tom Lees' header had gone in just before half-time, it would have made it 2-0 and very difficult for them," said Warnock.

"But overall we made it a difficult night for them and played some good football.

"The noise volume when we scored, I've never heard anything like it. If Leeds sort themselves out, who knows where this club can go? "But to concede as early as that in the second half against world-class players you're always going to be in trouble.

"It was such a relief from them to get back into the game, you could see that. Then they took over and were too good for us."

Juan Mata's equaliser soon after the restart owed a lot to a fumbled attempt at a save from Jamie Ashdown in the Leeds goal.

"When you're a goalie you make a mistake and it counts. When you're anywhere else on the pitch you get away with it," Warnock said.

"I don't think the scoreline reflects the game but I've got no complaints. I thought it was a great cup tie for an hour.

"We have to get straight back to work now. We have Middlesbrough here on Saturday and that will be a tough game. …

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