Leeds United 1 (Alioski 90+3)
Hull City 1 (Wilks 5)
Hull City win 9 - 8 on penalties
I haven’t watched the Hull City game yet; I was taking a rare opportunity to watch some live football down at Worcester City – my third love! And for those of you asking… Mrs W is in the top two… City are having a strange start to the season – yet to score in three league games but already through two rounds of the FA Cup! They drew 0 – 0 this evening.
So, I can’t say much about the Leeds game other than to repeat what mates have commented to me about it. It seems the inexperienced 2nd XI side we put out tried its best to play the Bielsa way and had plenty of ball but we didn’t create much and were lucky to get to penalties, with Alioski equalising a Mallik Wilks (who else!) early goal for the Tigers. There was then something very familiar about the way we came back from the dead to give everyone hope and expectation of a cup run only to then fluff our lines in the lottery of the penalty shoot-out; much as we did last season of course in very similar circumstances when coming from two down to force penalties against Stoke City. We messed that one up too! At least the distraction of the EFL Cup is now out of the way and we can, like last season again, focus on the main prize; Premier League survival this time!
The pre-match debate was all about what team we’d put out and the smart money was on all XI changing – a few fans speculated whether Robin Koch would appear as he’s yet to be fully Bielsa’d but I was pretty confident all 11 starters from Anfield would be rested and they were; anything else would have been a risk. I now fully expect the side to face Fulham to be the one that started at Liverpool, unless Liam Cooper is fit, in which case he’d replace Struijk. The rest will be the same and the assumption is that Koch plays because we are short of experienced CBs while Rodrigo is not yet up to speed so Bamford is under no immediate threat.
Tonight was nothing more than a side show; the drama begins again on Saturday!
Leeds United Hull City
Possession 65% 35%
Shots 8 18
On Target 2 7
Corners 7 7
Fouls Committed 15 17