Leeds battled hard last night as their run in the EFL Cup came to an abrupt end in a 2-0 quarter-final loss to Liverpool.
It was in no way an embarrassing way to be knocked out of the competition as Liverpool are a side in fine form. Even so, manager Garry Monk was left gutted about his team's loss, as he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Divock Origi and teenager Ben Woodburn scored the goals as the Yorkshire side were beaten by the Reds. Monk made quite a few changes to his side ahead of the game as he looked to freshen his side up and, wile they were beaten, they were not embarrassed as they battled hard against Liverpool.
Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match
After the game, Garry Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was gutted with the result: "I was gutted for them. As a performance from a team that’s very young, this sets a marker. This is the type of mentality and spirit you have to have, along with the quality. Albeit we’re disappointed but we’ll look back in the next few days and realise we put on a very good performance".
"If we continue in this way then hopefully we can be successful and get to where we want to be. We want to make this type of fixture more regular and if we continue in this way, whether it happens this season or next season or whenever, these players can achieve that".
"It’s the ambition. It has to be the ambition of this club and this group are on the road there. We all want it right now, we’re going to fight for it right now, but we’ve made massive strides and nights like tonight will help".
Garry Monk manager of Leeds United
Monk was of course left disappointed by his team's loss, however, they showed that they are closing the gap between themselves and those above them.
They must now switch their attention back to the league as they face Aston Villa on Saturday evening with their opponents shooting up the table to 11th place with 25 points. It has been an incredible turnaround for Steve Bruce's side following his introduction, a turnaround that Leeds will be looking to force a sour end to.
Monk's side will be desperate to keep pace with the teams around them as they look to maintain their position in the play-off places. With the Championship so congested at the moment with fourth and 14th separated by just seven points, Monk knows that Leeds cannot afford to drop points at this vital stage of the season.
Swansea manager Garry Monk