'I can't find the words' - Gjanni Alioski says Leeds United players 'must understand' defeat to Crawley Town

The Whites were handed an embarrassing FA Cup exit by League Two side Crawley Town on Sunday.

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 5:39 pm

Gjanni Alioski says Leeds United's players must understand what FA Cup defeat to Crawley Town means.

The Whites were handed another embarrassing exit in English football's historic competition on Sunday afternoon at the hands of League Two opposition.

Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes for the trip to West Sussex but was still able to call on the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa, Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Alioski.

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Leeds United's Gjanni Alioski and Helder Costa react at full-time following defeat to Crawley. Pic: Simon Hulme

Leeds, though, were stunned by their counterparts as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to a side who sat 62 places below them in the football pyramid ahead of kick-off.

Two goals in three minutes through Nick Tsaroulla and Ashley Nadesan put the hosts in control, before John Yems' side bagged a third through Jordan Tunnicliffe with 20 minutes remaining to leave an emphatic look to the scoreline.

Despite Bielsa making all five substitutions throughout the encounter - with a number of those being academy youngsters - Leeds were unable to haul themselves back into the tie and were well beaten with Crawley running out deserved winners.

Alioski - who made his 150th appearance for the Elland Road club against Town - was left dumbfounded at the humbling defeat to the Reds.

"I can't find my words right now," Alioski reflected afterwards.

"We are really disappointed and it wasn't the result that we wanted. Especially me, I'm really sad, we took the game really seriously and we wanted to win and go on a run so it is disappointing.

"Crawley played the game of their lives, and congratulations, to beat us 3-0 - I still can't believe it. It happened."

Asked about Bielsa's dressing room message post-match, he said: "What do you want to say?

"Every player needs to know, it's not important for the manager to tell us because every player needs to know what it means to lose 3-0 [to Crawley].

"Of course, he is sad and the players are sad. We are disappointed with the result of the game."