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Leeds United beat Fleetwood on penalties: Noel Whelan's instant reaction

Leeds United's manager Garry Monk

Leeds United faced Fleetwood this evening, with the game going to penalties

Leeds United's manager Garry MonkLeeds United's manager Garry Monk

Leeds United goalkeeper Rob Green went from zero to hero as he saved the winning penalty to help the club into the next round of the League Cup after a 2-2 draw.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan gave his view on the result, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

He said: "What a great game. It comes down to character and mental strength. Every penalty Leeds took was assured and confident.

"We did play some fantastic football at times. We showed some class. It was not an easy game but they've managed to come through it."

The match pitted current Leeds boss Garry Monk against the man who was in charge this time last year, Uwe Rosler.

Leeds handed a debut to Pablo Hernandez, who impressed and looked bright even late on with Leeds chasing the game.

Fleetwood Town's Victor Nirrenold and Leeds United's Ronaldo Viera in actionFleetwood Town's Victor Nirrenold and Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira in action

Leeds had gone 1-0 down early on, conceding a goal after just 10 minutes and then having to clear another shot off the line.

Head coach Garry Monk made one change at half time, bringing on Sol Bamba for Liam Cooper.

Marcus Antonsson scored a vital equaliser in the final 10 minutes, before Chris Wood scored a penalty early on in extra time. They then conceded a goal to Ashley Hunter in the second half of injury time to make it 2-2.

The Whites had lost their first Championship game at the weekend, 3-0 to QPR, and face Birmingham City this weekend followed by rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

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