Fleetwood v Leeds United: Cup tie is ‘massive banana skin’ for United – Whelan

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NOEL Whelan feels Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town will strongly fancy their chances of causing Leeds United more early season pain in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup tie.

Fleetwood plyed their trade in a division ten tiers lower than Leeds in 1999 and were still seven levels behind the Whites one decade ago in 2006.

But promotion from League Two in 2014 has put the Cod Army just one rung away from the Championship Whites ahead of Wednesday night’s cup tie in the north-west.

With Leeds having proved major flops in Sunday’s Championship opener at QPR, YEP columnist Whelan can sense that the clash at Highbury Stadium is now cherry ripe for an upset.

“It’s a massive banana skin,” acknowledged Whelan, speaking on the back of Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Loftus Road.

“Uwe Rosler is there, it’s probably one of their biggest games and they will have watched Sunday’s game and they will be thinking ‘we can beat them, there’s nothing to fear’ on the back of that poor performance.

“They will be having a look and they will be well up for the game so we have got to be mentally strong now to get over this defeat and brush it off very, very quickly because these games are coming around very quick.”