Championship title-chasers Leeds United made short work of Salford City with Eddie Nketiah, Gaetano Berardi and Mateusz Klich scoring in the Carabao Cup.
Salford City manager Graham Alexander believes that Leeds United deserve credit for their impressive defending during Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, speaking to the club’s official Twitter account.
On paper, Leeds’s backline looked set for a difficult evening at Moor Lane. Left-back Leif Davis was handed a rare chance at centre-half alongside Ben White and Salford fans would have been licking their lips at the prospect of two young defenders coming up against the 6ft 4ins, Leeds-born centre-forward Mani Dieseruvwe.
But while some might have singled out this intriguing encounter as a potential banana skin, Leeds eventually made rather light work of their League Two opponents thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Gaetano Berardi and a trademark long-range curling from Mateusz Klich.
White and particularly Davis deserve huge credit for standing up to the challenge at the other end, however, something Alexander alluded to at full-time.
“On another day we could’ve had one or two goals. I thought we really tested the goalkeeper and had a couple of opportunities from set pieces,” said the former Burnley captain.
“To be fair to Leeds, I thought they defended excellently against us considering we had a good size advantage.”
19-year-old Davis certainly looks like an option at centre-half after a confident and commanding display beyond his years. No one won more interceptions or tackles in Leeds colours than a teenager playing out of position against a giant of a centre-forward.
Maybe captain Liam Cooper should watch his back.