Leeds 3-0 Crewe: Kalvin Phillips and a late Jack Harrison doppelganger save the blush for Marcelo Bielsa’s men at Elland Road after a gritty display of the League One outfit
- Leeds left late to push past Crewe, who held their opponents for most of the stand
- Kalvin Phillips, who captained Leeds that night, broke the deadlock
- Jack Harrison then scored a quickfire double to get the job done
Jack Harrison fired off a late double as Leeds sealed their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 home win against Crewe.
Skipper-for-the-night Kalvin Phillips finally broke Crewe’s stubborn resistance deep into the second half and Harrison sent home a full house on Elland Road happy with two more in the closing stages.
Not since a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in 2009, Elland Road had sold out to a League Cup draw and after a hopeless opening 20 minutes, Leeds shifted through the gears.
Kalvin Phillips leads the celebrations after giving Leeds the lead against Crewe on Tuesday
Fit-again Diego Llorente’s header was swept off the goal line by Billy Sass-Davies, Harrison’s shot was parried by Will Jaaskelainen and Phillips flashed a header wide.
Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts had both blocked shots from inside the box and after Harrison’s fine run and cut-back, Junior Firpo’s volley cleared the post.
Helder Costa was headstrong in addition to firing after Llorente’s precision pass, but Crewe held out until the break.
The visitors didn’t give up at the start of the second period when Harrison’s oblique attempt went in front of the goal.
Leeds kept flowing forward. Rodrigo failed to keep his bet on target and Marcelo Bielsa made his intentions clear by replacing him with substitute Patrick Bamford with 20 minutes to go.
Crewe’s first shot on target, from substitute Callum Ainley in the 74th minute, was saved comfortably by Illan Meslier before Leeds finally broke the deadlock.
Jack Harrison then scored two late goals as Leeds advanced to the third round of the cup
Harrison’s corner fell to Phillips in the six-yard box and he made an emphatic close-range finish.
Crewe fought on and rallied briefly, but was then hit in the counter-attack when Harrison smashed into the second from Leeds with five minutes to go after Bamford’s nimble pass in.
Harrison batted in his second and Leeds’ third in the last minute. Costa’s low shot was saved well by Jaaskelainen, but his fellow winger made no mistake with the rebound.