'No complaints' from Warnock

Leeds manager Neil Warnock had no complaints after his side suffered a 5-1 defeat to Chelsea in their Capital One Cup quarter-final.

Last Updated: 04/01/13 at 12:34 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Luciano Becchio's well-worked goal had taken Leeds into the break 1-0 ahead, but Juan Mata equalised within two minutes of the restart.

Two goals in three minutes from Branislav Ivanovic and Victor Moses then effectively sealed Chelsea's passage into the last four, although the final scoreline was harsh on Warnock's team with Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres on target late on.

"To concede as early as that in the second half against world-class players you're going to be in trouble," Warnock said.

"It was such a relief from them to get back into the game. Then they took over and were too good for us."

Warnock admitted that goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, who made several important stops in the first half, was at fault for Mata's goal, letting his shot slip through his grasp and into the corner of the net.

"When you're a goalie you make a mistake and it counts," he conceded. "When you're anywhere else on the pitch you get away with it.

"I don't think the scoreline reflects the game but I've got no complaints. I thought it was a great cup tie for an hour."

Much of the pre-match build-up involved specualtion about whether Warnock would snub opposite number Rafael Benitez, in a row going back to the days when the pair were managers of Sheffield United and Liverpool, respectively.

But the pair shook hands before and after the game and the Yorkshireman joked: "If it wasn't for Rafa I wouldn't have had a great time at Crystal Palace, at QPR and now at Leeds, so I owe him one really, don't I?"

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Clyne: Title challenge the aim for Liverpool

Nathaniel Clyne says Liverpool's season aim should be to challenge for the Premier League title and make the final of a cup competition.

United plummet below City in rankings

Manchester United have fallen four places behind Manchester City and dropped to 20th overall in UEFA's club coefficient rankings.

Gareth Bale says he's happy at Real Madrid

Wales star Gareth Bale insists he's settled with Real Madrid and wants to play in a central attacking role for them.

Mail Box

Pedro Really Is Louis Van Gaal's 'Answer'

For all the United worrying, Pedro really could be the key to happiness. Plus more predictions, Chelsea's squad, Thierry Henry, Diego Costa and El Clasicoast...

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company