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Leeds United 3-0 Crewe Alexandra: Phillips and Harrison score late to win Carabao Cup tie

Leeds' Kalvin Phillips scores against Crewe
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips broke the deadlock with just over 10 minutes remaining

Three late goals helped Premier League Leeds United past League One Crewe Alexandra and into the third round of the Carabao Cup at a sold-out Elland Road.

The hosts, knocked out in round two in the past three seasons, looked set to be frustrated until Kalvin Phillips flicked home a near-post corner with just over 10 minutes of the game remaining.

Jack Harrison then scored twice, with a lovely dinked finish, before slotting past the keeper in added time.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side dominated the game – having 28 shots in total – but lacked a clinical edge until the dying stages.

Leeds, who made six changes from Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Everton, started well with Tyler Roberts having an effort blocked, before Adam Forshaw – making his first appearance since September 2019 because of a hip injury – saw his effort saved.

Harrison, who joined the club on a permanent basis from Manchester City this summer, saw an effort tipped behind, with Phillips sending an unmarked header wide from the resulting corner.

Another summer signing, Junior Firpo, hit the outside of the post with a volley as Leeds failed to find the breakthrough.

It eventually came when Phillips ghosted clear of his marker from a corner, and despite not catching the ball cleanly, did enough to beat William Jaaskelainen – son of former Bolton keeper Jussi – in the Crewe goal.

Harrison, who was perhaps the most guilty of lacking precision in front of goal, sealed the win with a delightful dink over the advancing Jaaskelainen, after good hold-up play by substitute Patrick Bamford, before slotting home when left one-on-one.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa: “It took a long time to score. We missed a lot of chances in a very contested game. Even though [Crewe] created little, they disputed everything.

“Adam Forshaw is very well prepared. He’s sacrificed a lot in the last two months. If he keeps healthy and progressively acquires the competition’s rhythm he has all the virtues to shine.”

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell on BBC Radio Stoke: “I thought the lads were terrific and they performed admirably. The fans were magnificent too – they should be the first thing we talk about. You could hear the 1,500 of them among the 37,000 here tonight.

“The first goal was always going to pop the cork, and if there is one disappointment from tonight it is the manner that the goal came.

“Marcelo Bielsa came up to us at the end and said the way we set up was magnificent.”

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 46Shackleton
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forAylingat 45′minutes
  • 21Struijk
  • 3Firpo
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forKlichat 61′minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 11Roberts
  • 22Harrison
  • 19RodrigoSubstituted forBamfordat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ayling
  • 9Bamford
  • 13Klaesson
  • 15Dallas
  • 35Cresswell
  • 38Summerville
  • 43Klich

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 3AdebisiBooked at 82mins
  • 2Ramsay
  • 22Sass-Davies
  • 5Thomas
  • 20Lundstram
  • 16MurphyBooked at 44minsSubstituted forGriffithsat 89′minutes
  • 15McFadzean
  • 10KnightSubstituted forJohnsonat 76′minutes
  • 12MandronBooked at 87mins
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 9Porter
  • 11Ainley
  • 18Griffiths
  • 21Daniels
  • 23Johnson
  • 31Richards

Referee:
Ben Speedie

Attendance:
34,154

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Leeds United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Firpo.

  4. Offside, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.

  5. Goal! Leeds United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

  7. Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Regan Griffiths replaces Luke Murphy.

  8. Foul by Junior Firpo (Leeds United).

  9. Travis Johnson (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Mikael Mandron (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Foul by Mikael Mandron (Crewe Alexandra).

  13. Goal! Leeds United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford following a fast break.

  14. Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  15. Josh Lundstram (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mateusz Klich with a cross.

  17. Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

  18. Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra).

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