Noel Whelan reacts to Doukara's performance v Rotherham, evaluates Leeds' 4-4-2

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The former Leeds forward has praised the 24-year-old, as well as the Whites' tactics.

Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan thinks Souleymane Doukara was 'excellent' against Rotherham United, with the Frenchman scoring his first goal for the Yorkshire club since November 2014, according to BBC Football.

And the pundit also reserved praise for Steve Evans' 4-4-2 system.

Indeed, according to Whelan, the two strikers worked hard and the rest of the Leeds side delivered a 'workman-like' display. Rotherham, under former Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn, had no answers on the day.

Whelan told the BBC: "It was a workman-like game; there was some good football and some good creative play and that’s what it is all about.

"They’ve got through this round and they’re in the bag for the next draw.

"It's great for the fans. They've seen a 4-4-2 and they've seen two strikers work really hard. I thought Doukara was excellent and his goal there showed you to never give up."

A great cup day for Leeds, then, and one that saw a bit of revenge for Evans against Redfearn, who earned a win for Rotherham against the Whites in the Championship earlier this season.

As Whelan says, fans will be pleased to see a functioning 4-4-2 system - Evans has sometimes been reluctant to go two up top, while Uwe Rosler virtually never did.

Even though Leeds had been unbeaten in seven league games, some of their performances were far from convincing. Here, though, United delivered - and supporters can smile until their next league action.

Could Doukara, meanwhile, become a gem at Elland Road!?

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