Noel Whelan's instant reaction to Leeds result

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United played out an entertaining game with Stoke City tonight.

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Stoke City beat Leeds United 5-4 on penalties at Elland Road to reach the next round of the League Cup tonight.

Late first-half goals from Danny Batth and Sam Vokes helped the visitors into a commanding 2-0 lead at the break.

Eddie Nketiah, who scored on his home debut for Leeds last week, found the net yet again as the Arsenal loanee made it 2-1 midway through the second half, before Helder Costa opened his account for United with an equaliser on 81 minutes.

Marcelo Bielsa's side, who beat the Potters 3-0 in the Championship this past weekend, finished the side the stronger of both teams, but were unable to get a winner.

 

There were nine perfect penalties during the shootout - including from City goalkeeper Jack Butland - but Jack Harrison struck the post as Leeds bowed out.

Harrison was consoled by his team-mates immediately after the miss, and former United hitman Noel Whelan said that it symbolised the togetherness in Bielsa's squad.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I don't see it as a defeat. I just don't. That's the way the fans should feel. We've not been beaten.

"I got to say, as soon as Harrison hit the post, all the Leeds players were striding toward him. That shows the unity, the fightback, the togetherness in this squad of players."

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

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