BLACKBURN ROVERS CRASH OUT OF EFL CUP
Blackburn Rovers were knocked out of the English Football League (EFL) as Leeds United got a late winner to advance to the next stage.
The game played on Elland Road witnessed a heroic praise for Chris Wood who got his sixth goal already for Leeds this campaign. His efforts were stopped until he got the 85th minute game winner through a rebound header. The 24-year old striker scored against Blackburn when they met in the League on September 13, and scored again within a week to end the hopes of Rovers.
Both sides approached the game making 16 changes between them from the squad that featured last week. The first half was generally dull, but the spark came on in the second half as the managers made good attacking changes. Rovers lost a huge chance when the efforts of substitute Marvin Emnes was saved by goalkeeper Marco Silvestri. That would have given them a huge boost. However, Wood didn’t lose his chance when Leeds had their chance. After an initial attempt was saved, his rebound sent the weary fans wild in jubilation.
Leeds assistant coach Pep Clotet said: “We’re delighted because it was a hard start to the season. We worked very hard. The commitment of the players has always been there and their hard work has paid off with three wins in a row.” He added that they would not get over their heads especially as they know how hard it is to win Championship games. He added that they would keep fighting for the club as they have the tools to stand up no matter the setback.
Owen Coyle admitted that Rovers feel “aggrieved” to be out of the cup. He said the team put up a good performance considering the number of changes made. Leeds had more possession and shots on target in the affair.