Another lower league team in the FA Cup, another abject performance and elimination from the competition. Leeds United were easily brushed aside by Crawley Town in the second half after a dull opening 45 minutes. Leeds made a number of changes at half time that really weakened the side and Crawley were able to take full advantage of what became a very inexperienced team.
Crawley opened the scoring through Nick Tsaroulla who twisted and turned his way past a number of white shirts then firing through the hands of Kiko Casilla. The home side doubled their lead just three minutes later as Ashley Nadesan’s shot seemed to go straight through Casilla at his near post. The rout was complete on 70 minutes when Jordan Tunnicliffe pounced on a save to fire home Crawley’s third from close range.
Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @chris2lawley or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.
Kiko Casilla - Made a good save from a header at corner from close range at the end of the first half. Horrendous error for Crawley’s second that allowed a shot to go straight through him at his near post. A save fell straight to Crawley defender Tunnicliffe for the third goal. Fingers crossed he is left at Gatwick Airport. 2/10
Jamie Shackleton - Made no impact on the game and looked like he’d never played full back before. His pace and energy would have been much better used in the midfield. 4/10
Liam Cooper - Solid performance. It’s a shame he came off at half time as he left a big hole in the backline. 5/10
Kalvin Phillips - Leeds missed his range of passing and defending was fairly lackluster. In the second half Leeds needed a leader and he did not step up to it. 4/10
Leif Davis - Started out at centre back and was quiet. Another who got lost in the shuffle after half time. His slack pass was intercepted and led to Crawley’s second. 4/10
Ezgjan Alioski - Did very little wrong but also never got into the game. The constant switching of Costa and Poveda probably didn’t help things. 4/10
Pascal Struijk - Moved in to the holding midfield role, probably preparing to play there against Brighton. He was unable to get hold of the ball and dictate play which isn’t the best dress rehearsal for a Premier League game. 4/10
Pablo Hernandez - Forced to play deeper in the first half and resorted to playing long diagonals to the wings. Ended up having to play even deeper as a left or right wing back at times to get on the ball. Time after time he was left with no options. Unfortunately his short passing was also poor. 5/10
Ian Poveda - Kept swapping side with Costa but, aside from a nice move to nutmeg a Crawley defender, he rarely got to attack the full backs. 4/10
Helder Costa - What does Helder Costa actually bring to the team? Every time he got the ball he turned his back to goal or ran straight at the defender. His one well weighted cross in the first half doesn’t make up for his total ineffectiveness. 3/10
Rodrigo - Aside from being pulled down during a Costa cross he did very little in the game, although he did have little service to work off of. It would only get worse. 4/10
Jack Harrison (on 46 for Rodrigo) - Brought on as a striker but barely saw sight of the ball. 4/10
Oliver Casey (on 46 for Cooper) - Much like his appearance against Hull in the League Cup the youngster looked well out of his depth. Found himself being dragged out of position a number of times. Could really have done with someone like Cooper alongside him. 3/10
Jack Jenkins (on 46 for Struijk) - I honestly can’t think of anything he did in the game. Needed the support of a much stronger defence behind him. 3/10
Raphinha (on 58 for Poveda) - The game was already gone by the time he came on. Was forced to a few long-range efforts. Very surprising to see him come on at all. 4/10
Sam Greenwood (on 58 for Davis) - Played as 10 but this certainly wasn’t the game to give a young, attack-minded player a run out. With the game already gone, he was unable to see much of the ball. Would like to see him come into a much stronger team. 4/10