Leeds dumped Premier League side Everton out of the Capital One Cup at Elland Road as goals from Aidy White and Rodolph Austin secured a deserved 2-1 victory in their third round clash today.
Everton were complicit in their own downfall, as they attempted to play the ball out of defence early on, only for Austin to seize possession just inside their half before White burst forward, weaving his way into space before curling the ball beyond Jan Mucha for his first-ever goal for the club.
A clearly unimpressed David Moyes, who had named a much-changed side which did not include any Englishmen, sent on Phil Neville and Steven Pienaar at the interval, only to see his side fall further behind in the 70th minute due to more poor defending.
El Hadji Diouf picked out the unmarked Danny Pugh on the edge of the area following a free-kick out on the left near the goal-line, with his shot into a crowded six-yard box diverted inside the post and beyond Mucha by Austin’s deft touch.
Sylvain Distin climbed above bandaged Leeds centre-back Jason Pearce after Victor Anichebe’s flick on with nine minutes remaining, but the visitors could not find an equaliser, although they had a strong late shout for a penalty after Pearce climbed all over Anichebe in the box.
The performance of Austin – a 27-year-old Jamaican international who has spent most of his career in Norway – was at the centre of Leeds’ victory, with the midfielder coming out on top of his battle with another man mountain, Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgium international was one of just five Everton players to retain his shirt from Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea in what was a first meeting between these two sides since April 2004, when the goals in a 1-1 draw were scored by James Milner and Wayne Rooney.
In other matches Chelsea beat Wolves 6-0, Aston Villa downed Manchester City 4-2 and Wigan beat West Ham 4 -1. (Sky)