Eddie Nketiah scores on debut and Leeds brush aside Salford City with poise and pace on the break

Despite some spirited attacking play, which saw Danny Whitehead force Kiko Casilla into a couple of routine saves from long range, Mat Klich scored a spectacular third goal on a devastating counter-attack to wrap up the tie after 57 minutes.

From a cleared Salford corner, the Polish midfielder collected the ball around the halfway lane, darted half the length of the field and beat Neal from 18 yards, via a slight deflection.

“It was a great atmosphere within the stadium and our players rose to it,” said Salford manager Graham Alexander. “Quality just showed in the end.”

Match details

Salford (3-5-2) Neal; Maynard, Pond, Piergianni; Threlkeld (Gaffney, 62), Towell, Jones, Whitehead, Touray; Beesley (Lloyd-McGoldrick, 69), Dieseruvwe (Rooney, 69).
Subs (not used) Wiseman, Lethern, Jones.

Leeds (3-4-3) Casilla;  White, Berardi, Davis; Shackleton, Phillips, Klich, Alioski (Harrison, 77); Helder Costa, Nketiah (Bamford, 77) Clarke (McCalmont, 70).
Subs (not used) Miazek, Dallas, Gotts, Bogusz.

Referee K Stroud (Bournemouth)


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