By Keith Ingham
On a rainy, cold night Leeds warmed the 17,000 fans with a brilliant display to put Southampton the way Everton went before them: Out of the Carling Cup.
Neil Warnock made changes from the weekends team with Ashdown, White, Brown and Varney coming in, he also changed the way the team played with balls played to feet instead of the 'route one' that has been a feature of the last two games. Leeds started brightly with chances being created for Varney, who somehow missed from two yards after being set up by the impressive El Hadji Diouf, next
to miss was Austin when he headed wide from a cross.
Luke Varney didn't let the miss worry him as he seized on a defensive mistake, but his lofted shot
came back off the bar. Leeds would not be denied and Tonge curled in lovely shot after a great run and cross by Varney. The goal was well deserved and at the break a 1-0 score line was scant reward for a fine first half display.
Leeds pressed for a second from the off but the final ball just didn't come off and they were brilliantly led by the Senegal international, who was cheered on his every touch. Varney got into a another good shooting position but it was just off target. Southampton briefly threatened but the impressive Leeds back line stood firm.
With time ticking down 'The beast' Rodolph Austin got the ball in the Leeds half and ran forty yards before his shot was parried to gift El Hadji Diouf the goal his performance deserved. Luciano Becchio came on and within two minutes he was celebrating a penalty goal, after Tonge was sent sprawling by a Saints defender.
This was no doubt a fantastic win and although the crowd was disappointing in number they deserve credit for getting behind the team.
It was a pleasure to be there and a quarter final tie awaits, the first time the club has reached this stage since 1996. Credit to the manger for changing things around and the team for the performance. A great night.
Man of the Match: El Hadji Diouf but every player deserves praise
Crowd 10/10: Great backing and humour ie the good natured banter with the Southampton keeper.
On On On to the next round