An entertaining draw in the League Cup for this round saw Leeds United drawn away at Elland Road against Newport County, of South Wales in the northern section of the draw. If I could use a GIF to describe represent this it would simply be someone staring at the camera with one eyebrow raised.

It is what it is and Newport are getting their share of the gate despite not being entitled to it, a brilliant move by owner Andrea Radrizzani and one that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the media or by the visiting Welsh club, a club that are sure to enjoy their big day out at Elland Road tomorrow, win, lose or draw. Hopefully that’s a loss for them and a straight-forward passage into the next round for us. It certainly won’t be easy, Newport are an ever-improving side under the new manager after a great escape last season, staying up very late in the season to keep their football league status.

The injury list is growing by the week. Matthew Pennington, Gaetano Berardi, Caleb Ekuban and Pablo Hernandez are all set to miss out tomorrow and at the weekend, with Pontus Jansson even showing signs of a tight hamstring in recent weeks. We have no fit striker in the first-team squad and Souleymane Doukara is set to be moved on before the end of the window. Youngsters Paudie O’Connor, Eoughan Stokes and Malik Wilks all trained with the first-team squad today ahead of the game and Wilks, for example may well start the game or at least get a chance given the striker crisis.

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Featured image courtesy of the brilliant Heidi Haigh who travels up and down the country following Leeds United. For more of her travel stories visit http://www.followmeandleedsunited.co.uk.

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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