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.
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