Leeds United 2 Everton 1: All White on the night as Championship side stun Toffees
22:52 GMT, 25 September 2012
They may be one of the form teams in the Barclays Premier League, but a change in personnel brought an abrupt change in fortunes for Everton at Elland Road.
Everton made six changes to the team which beat Swansea 3-0 on Saturday and were given a shock after goals from Aidan White and Rodolph Austin.
Such was the extent of David Moyes’ reshuffle, Everton’s bench was more recognisable than a starting line-up containing two debutants, Bryan Oviedo and Francisco Junior, and not a single English player.
Pure delight: Aidan White scores the opening goal for Leeds against Everton
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Party time: Leeds celebrate White's goal against Everton in the opening minutes
Signed, sealed, delivered: Leeds score a second against Everton
It became more than a hunch in the 69th minute after Leeds went 2-0 up.
Diouf rolled a free-kick back to
Danny Pugh, whose low drive was heading for the far post when Austin
stuck out a boot to divert it in.
All hands to the pump: Leeds produced a battling performance to see off Everton
Everton gave themselves a glimmer of
hope when Anichebe flicked on an 81st-minute Pienaar free-kick for
Sylvain Distin to head home.
Afterwards, Moyes said: ‘We started
terribly, conceded a really poor goal and gave Leeds the initiative. We
lost the game in the opening 20 minutes and I’m very disappointed. The
boys who came in are members of the squad and have to show they are up
to it. Otherwise, what is the point of having them
Party time: Leeds celebrate scoring the crucial second goal at Elland Road
‘I have learned a lot tonight. This is a big place to come to and play and while some did OK, some didn’t.’
Jubilant Leeds manager Neil Warnock
saluted his side. He said: ‘That was probably as good a performance and
result as I have ever had in any cup competition. Given the
circumstances — the injuries we’ve got and how good Everton are — it has
to be right up there.’
Too little, too late: Everton's Sylvain Distin heads in a goal but his side still lost
Over and out: Everton's Steven Pienaar is dejected at the final whistle