LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk is predicting an altogether different spectacle in the EFL Cup against Blackburn Rovers tonight – seven days on from a tense and cagey league encounter at Elland Road.
United and Rovers locked horns last Tuesday evening for an important league game in which both sides sat in the Championship relegation zone prior to kick-off.
After a very uneventful first half, United eventually dug out their first home win of the season with goals from Chris Wood and Kyle Bartley, either side of a 77th-minute equaliser from Marvin Emnes.
But Monk is predicting a somewhat more immediately lively encounter at Elland Road this evening when the two sides meet again for a place in the EFL Cup last 16, in a tie which must be settled this evening.
Monk reasoned: “I guess it’s a little bit more that the game has to be decided. There has to be a winner. In terms of that attitude, it might change the game a little bit of how it’s played out. It might not be as cagey as some periods of that game was a few days ago. But in cup competitions generally, you understand that you have to win it on the night so your performance is to go out there and get a win which we always try and do anyway.
“I am sure both teams will approach it with confidence and it should be a good game.”
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