Two goals from Ramon Nunez helped Leeds United overcome Doncaster Rovers to progress to the third round of the League Cup. 

Simon Grayson made six changes to the side that drew away to West Ham United on Sunday and that decision made for some extremely poor football at The Keepmoat.

Donny, who had made far fewer changes from the side they fielded at the weekend took the lead after just two minutes and dominated almost totally for the first half hour as Leeds took their time to settle into the game.

But Ramon Nunez levelled things up with an excellent strike from the edge of the box to restore parity 15 minutes before the break.

The poor football on show was made all the more painful by some attention-seeking idiot in the Donny end mercilessly beating away on a drum. Whether his attempts to create an atmosphere in the home end were successful or not was hard to tell because Donny’s home support was almost as pathetic as the following they took to Wembley back in 2008.

As the game grinded towards full-time, Ramon Nunez saved us the torture of another 30 minutes with the Tinpot drummer boy by netting his fifth goal of the season and sending Leeds United into the third round.

Overall, a pretty dire performance from The Whites, but considering the amount of changes made the result was a good one. There’s no denying however that what seperated two extremely poor sides here was an Honduran sensation demanding his place in Simon Grayson’s first team.

Simon Grayson post-match
Courtesy of @MojoLUAFC

Doncaster Rovers 1 2 Leeds United
James Hayter (2) Ramon Nunez (30, 83)
The Keepmoat Stadium (Att. 8.505)
League Cup 2011-12, August 23rd 2011


13 Responses

  1. Matthew

    Questionable team selection aside, Nunez is a legend.

    Also tonight was our night, teams that could of proved a challenge in later rounds have been knocked out, teams such as QPR, Norwich, Sunderland, Swansea, Reading.

    Dunno about anyone else but I fancy our chances if Grayson puts a decent team out in round 3rd to get a potential Scum draw, or at the very most, we could last until we play Scum.

    Couldn't go to this game, dying of the flu lol

    • Bubionwhite

      Steady Matthew … "Nunez is a legend" not quite yet but he's well on his way to being one of our better finds, technically better than many of his team mates. He needs to be signed up on a long term contract and given the pitch time he deserves … oh and also wins as many tackles as Mad Max without diving in.

  2. sparkx

    to be fair donny are without as many first teamers with their injury list. a good run out for some of the youngsters and 90 minutes for Sam can only be good for the team if we get a winger injured or more likely suspended (Gradel).

    Also another 90 minutes for O’Dea and Keough can only be a good thing For the new players and the gelling of the squad. Good to see O’Brien get some time on the pitch to improve his competitive fitness after a long time out in pre-season (he will come good again)!!

    Finally two fantastic goals from Nunez should keep his confidence going as our new super sub!

    No extra time and a good squad work out what more could you want?


    • Mark__R

      That's my assesment as well Sparky.

      It's all good , we're through and hopefully with a home draw we can progress further in this competition.


  3. COL

    We're through to the next round, which is all that matters I suppose. However, I still have big conerns over our defence. Aidy White was given a torrid time by Donny's winger & I thought Rachubka was badly at fault for their goal.

  4. Matthew

    By the way, Carling Cup 3rd round draw on Saturday 27th of August for anyone wondering, will be on Soccer Saturday.

    Hope we dont get Leicester, who seem to be our bogey team. Hoping for a Home Draw against Tottenham, Scum, or Man City, preferably Scum, even if it doesnt come this round. If we beat Scum again, it'l be a sign we're going up, as we beat them the season we got promoted from League 1.

  5. LeedsBeatnik

    I hope Aidy will be alright. You'd think if he took a knock then we'll sign a loanee left back before the Ipswich game.

  6. trueyorxman

    @Matthew 'if we beat Scum it s a sign we are going up', how old are you 8? It doesn't work like that fella

    • Matthew

      I'm guessing you haven't heard of the word *Omen*? That and positive thinking.

      We beat the Scum, knocked them out the cup and went up. And we can sure as hell do it again.

  7. derbyshirewhite

    At least it was a chance to give a couple of youngsters some experience of first team football. Although Nunez has rightly got the headlines there were some worryingly average individual performances in the first half, with Sam and O'Brien in particular suggesting that we'll struggle in this league if we pick up injuries to regular players. Last night gave the lie to Peter Lorimer's claim that we have a big squad.

  8. bobjimwilly (drfc)

    Oh dear, where to begin? First of all we haven't made many changes since the weekend because we were already missing 6 first-teamers (Sharp, Woods,, Coppinger, Martis, Brown, Chambers) with O'Connor and Stock starting on the bench after coming back from long-term injuries. Just thought I'd mention it because you sort of made it sound like DRFC were playing their 1st team, although I'm sure that's unintentional? The poor football was only on show from Leeds the majority of the game, hence only having 4 shots on target the entire game, the 2 spectacular strikes from Nunez. If it wasn't for the Leeds keeper, Rovers would have easily scored at least 3 more of their 11 chances on goal, and add in the fact a certain handball in the box resulted in a corner, Leeds were very lucky to come away with a win, IMO.

    You had great support though, which is all that counts surely?

  9. mojoluafc

    Im glad Nunez is showing SG what he can do but he`s not everything, he has bad games aswell.


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