Five things we learned about Leeds from their 1-0 victory against Rotherham

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Leeds United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Leeds United maintained their impressive run this weekend as they overcame Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Goals from new signing Mustapha Carayol and Souleymane Doukara secured the victory and ensured the Whites got revenge for their recent Championship defeat against Neil Redfearn’s side.

Here we take a look at five things we learned from Leeds’ latest encounter:

Carayol looks like being an instant hit

Leeds manager Steve Evans wanted a new winger this month and loan signing Carayol wasted little time proving what a canny addition he can be.

The 27-year-old arrived at Elland Road from Middlesbrough until the end of the campaign and on this evidence he could have a huge impact.

There is still a place for Doukara

He may not be every Leeds fan’s cup of tea but Souleymane Doukara still has a role to play under Evans.

The Doukara love-in appeared to come to a premature halt after his disappointing performance against MK Dons last weekend, but he scored the second goal on Saturday to ensure there was no question of the result and impressed throughout.

Coyle is ready for the step up

After two brief substitute appearances right-back Lewie Coyle started for Leeds against Rotherham and he did not look out of place.

While doubts remain over the long-term future of Sam Byram and fans continue to have mixed feelings regarding Sam Wootton, Coyle is a full-back everyone can get excited about.

Bridcutt’s extension was vital

For a while it seemed as though Leeds loanee Liam Bridcutt would be sold permanently by his parent-club Sunderland this month, but his recent extension is vital for Leeds.

It is no coincidence that since he arrived at the club they have looked a very different proposition.

There is now strength in depth at Elland Road

This could not always be said at Leeds in recent times but there is plenty of strength in depth right now, as Evans proved on Saturday.

He may have rotated the squad but they did a good job and that bodes well for a potential play-off push in 2016.

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