Evans gets the brag­ging rights with derby win

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Aaron Bower

LEEDS UNITED head coach Steve Evans re­vealed his pride in his troops as they stretched their un­beaten run to eight games and se­cured a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the ex­pense of his for­mer club Rother­ham.

Goals from debu­tant Mustapha Carayol and Souley­mane Doukara en­sured Leeds’ place in the hat for Mon­day night’s draw af­ter edg­ing an at times nervy York­shire derby, and Evans ad­mit­ted he is now eye­ing an­other home tie in the next round.

“The boys have worked re­ally hard out there,” he said.

“We were still dis­ap­pointed with parts of the per­for­mance but they’ve played very well, and it’s nice to be able to make some changes, leave a few out and still get over the line. It fills me with a lot of pride.

“I think a home tie in the next round now is the pri­or­ity. You could get a cou­ple of favourable ties from here and po­ten­tially be in the sixth round, but to get one of the gi­ants of English foot­ball to El­land Road and there be 35,000 peo­ple here would be in­cred­i­ble.”

Carayol’s strike lit up what was a rather tepid open­ing half, the Mid­dles­brough loa­nee fir­ing home a su­perb shot from the cor­ner of the area right on half-time to nudge Evans’s side in front. They had sev­eral chances in the se­cond half to kill the game off, but the likes of Liam Cooper and Stu­art Dal­las spurned good open­ings.

How­ever, Leeds even­tu­ally sealed the win when a de­fen­sive mix-up be­tween Frazer Richard­son and Lee Camp en­abled Souley­mane Doukara to tap into an empty net.

Millers man­ager Neil Red­fearn said he had few is­sues with his side’s per­for­mance, but did rue a lack of cut­ting edge in his team’s play.

“It’s just the re­sult which is frus­trat­ing.The per­for­mance was good,” he said.

“For the first half-hour we were the bet­ter side, I don’t think peo­ple can ar­gue with that.

“It was a su­per strike from Carayol.To sur­vive at this level you need that qual­ity in the fi­nal third, and that strike was a fine ex­am­ple of that.

“We just didn’t have enough cut­ting edge in front of goal to get our noses in front dur­ing that first half.

“They got into the as­cen­dancy and took the goal well, but we did give him too much space for the strike to go in.”

Red­fearn also re­vealed he is hope­ful of re­cruit­ing a mid­fielder in be­fore Tues­day’s league game against high-fly­ing Brighton.

MAIN MAN: Souley­mane Doukara cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing



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