VIDEO: Leeds striker Varney offers up contender for 'miss of the century'
14:49 GMT, 31 October 2012
Tuesday night may have brought us game of the season in Reading v Arsenal but the Capital One Cup fourth round also produced a contender for miss of the century…well, according to Neil Warnock anyway.
Leeds were looking to upset Premier League side Southampton but fans probaby thought it wasn't going to be their night after Luke Varney’s horrific first-half effort.
At 0-0, El Hadji Diouf had done all the hard work by hooking a ball across the six-yard box, but the Senegal forward and just about everyone else inside Elland Road were left stunned when Varney somehow turned the ball back across the face of the open goal and wide from just a yard out.
Thankfully for the Championship side, it
was to be a rare error from the former Portsmouth star, as the
30-year-old inspired Leeds to a 3-0 victory.
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Surely not… Luke Varney somehow managed to miss this chance
Good and bad: Luke Varney (left) had a blunder and a belter for Leeds against Southampton
Varney played a vital role in the lead up to Diouf’s opener and was a constant menace to the Saints defence as the hosts dominated.
Leeds boss Warnock didn't hold back, praising Varney’s massive contribution and getting stuck in to his blunder.
He said: ‘I thought Luke Varney epitomised our performance. He came up with the miss of the century yet was still man of the match for me.
‘He wasn’t feeling well and was sick at half-time. I asked him for another 15 minutes and he gave me 40. That’s his attitude through and through.’