Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Leeds claim another Premiership scalp

Micheal Tonge scored and was inspirational in taking Leeds into the last eight of the Capital One Cup as they dominated a shocking Southampton side. The Leeds midfielder struck after 35 minutes before El-Hadji Diouf and Luciano Becchio sealed the win late on to hand Leeds a deserved spot in the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1996. Leeds came into this game in confident mood having beaten Premier League high-flyers Everton in the last round of the Capital One Cup and they would have been further boosted when the Southampton team-sheet arrived. Having seen his Saints side lose their seventh Premier League game on Sunday, Nigel Adkins made 11 changes. The hosts made the better start with Luke Varney somehow missing from just two yards in the first 15 minutes. Aidan White pumped a long ball into the area that Diouf turned across to Varney and, despite Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis being out of position, the Leeds forward fluffed the chance wide from two yards. However, Varney soon made amends, creating a deserved opener in the 35th minute. Davis could only push a low cross from the striker into the path of Tonge and the midfielder slotted the ball past two Saints defenders and into the net. As Adkins opted against any changes at the break, Leeds continued to dominate after the restart and Varney should have scored again on the hour mark but Davis saved well. Southampton had hardly made an impression and it was not until the 70th minute when they finally notched an attempt on goal, albeit hopelessly off target from Emmanuel Mayuka. Diouf then doubled the advantage in the 88th minute when Rudolph Austin’s strike was palmed into his path by a helpless Davis. With the home fans still celebrating, Tonge was brought down in the area by Dan Seaborne and substitute Becchio converted from the spot.

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