Leeds United had been dumped unceremoniously out of the FA Cup by League Two Crawley thanks to a few fabulous second half objectives.
The Reds claimed an emphatic 3-Zero victory over their Premier League counterparts to maneuver into the hat for the Fourth Spherical of the FA Cup for the primary time within the membership’s 124 yr historical past.
Marcelo Bielsa made seven adjustments to his Leeds aspect, with Pascal Struijk, Gjanni Alioski, Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo the one Premier League regulars to retain their place at Broadfield Stadium.
Nevertheless, after a turgid first half of soccer, it was the FA Cup minnows who took the lead when left-back Nick Tsaroulla danced by means of the Whites’ defence and blasted previous substitute goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
With former ‘The Solely Manner is Essex’ and actuality TV star Mark Wright watching from the bench, Tsaroulla staked his declare to maintain his place instead of the 33-year-old superstar.
Ashley Nadesan then doubled Crawley’s lead simply minutes later when his shot someway squirmed by means of Champions League winner Casilla, earlier than Jordan Tunnicliffe fired dwelling after Leeds didn’t clear a free kick.
Wright did handle to get a quick introduction to the fray in harm time, nevertheless it was his decided teammates who deserve the credit score.
Though this much-changed Leeds aspect had been admittedly flat, City supervisor John Yems could be extremely pleased with his large killers.
Former Tottenham youth participant Tsaroulla, whose inclusion was Crawley’s solely change from final weekend’s win at Bolton, escaped the attentions of 4 Leeds gamers as he drove into the field and drilled his first senior objective into the underside proper nook.
The house dugout had barely completed celebrating the opener when the benefit was swiftly doubled.
Nadesan burst into the 18-yard space on the proper and, with no help, opted to unleash a low drive which bobbled and beat former Actual Madrid keeper Casilla on the close to submit.
Crawley, flying excessive within the fourth tier, had been searching for to make it 10 video games with out defeat and put the outcome past doubt with 20 minutes to play.
After Sam Matthews’ free-kick into the field, Nadesan’s effort was denied by Casilla, just for Tunicliffe to pressure the unfastened ball into the roof of the web.
There was by no means any menace of a Leeds comeback and substitute Watters may have added additional gloss to the scoreline.
He discovered his path to objective blocked after rounding Casilla, whereas supervisor Yems additionally used the comfy scenario to carry on former The Solely Manner is Essex star Wright for the ultimate moments.
Bankes’ full-time whistle promoted celebratory scenes from the house aspect as they cruised into the fourth spherical for the primary time since 2012.