THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN saluted a “perfect response” after Leeds United reached the Carabao Cup’s last 16 on a dramatic night at Burnley.
Leeds eliminated the Premier League club during a penalty shoot-out at Turf Moor, holding their nerve having twice lost a one-goal lead late in normal time.
Substitute Hadi Sacko broke the deadlock on 81 minutes but former Leeds striker Chris Wood equalised with a penalty in the penultimate minute of the 90, appearing to force extra-time. Pablo Hernandez, however, converted a penalty for Leeds five minutes later, leaving Burnley to stare at defeat until Robbie Brady forced a 2-2 draw at the end of normal time with a brilliant free-kick, seven minutes into stoppage time.
United held out during extra-time and secured a third-round win 5-3 on penalties after Andy Lonergan saved from James Tarkowski and Christiansen’s players buried all five attempts.
The result was a shot in the arm for United and their head coach after Millwall inflicted the Championship leaders’ first defeat of the season on Saturday.
Christiansen, who made nine alterations to his line-up, said: “It was about seeing a response. I made changes and the response was perfect.
“It says a lot about my squad, that I have a lot of players to choose. This gives me more headaches. It was a tough and long game but we came here with the intention to pass to the next round.
“There was too much (drama) in the last 13 minutes but that’s football.
“Anything can happen. This was one of those days.”
It says a lot about my squad, that I have a lot of players to choose. This gives me more headaches. It was a tough and long game but we came here with the intention to pass to the next round.Thomas Christiansen