EFL Cup - First Round
LeedsLeeds United4Port ValePort Vale1

Leeds United 4-1 Port Vale

Samuel Saiz
Samu Saiz was signed from Spanish second division side SD Huesca for an undisclosed fee last month

Samu Saiz marked his Leeds debut with a hat-trick as the Championship side overcame Port Vale in the the EFL Cup.

The Spanish midfielder slotted home his first after Stuart Dallas' cross came back off the post.

Michael Tonge sent Vale in level at half-time following a long throw, but Saiz rounded the keeper for his second and then fired into the top corner.

Caleb Ekuban converted a cross to make it four before Vale's Gavin Gunning was sent off for a foul on Ezgjan Alioski.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen made nine changes following the weekend win at Bolton, with loan signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United in the starting line-up.

Despite that, they were on top for most of the game against League Two side Vale, who changed goalkeepers at the interval, with Sam Hornby replacing Rob Lainton and making good saves from Ekuban, Alioski and Borthwick-Jackson before the Championship side made their extra quality count.

Samu Saiz on Twitter

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen: "Saiz is a player who enjoys it with the ball. If we have possession, if we move the ball, he has the quality. He's intelligent and is a good finisher also.

"But it's not only that in football. You also need to work and we need to work on that also, but I'm very pleased with his performance."

"There were several (debutants) and I'm very happy for them,. It's important that they keep giving me headaches when I have to name the (starting) XI and the squad for the games.

"It's a difficult situation for me to leave players out, but this is my responsibility, I have to take that as it comes."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 2AylingSubstituted forGomesat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 35Shaughnessy
  • 3Borthwick-Jackson
  • 8Anita
  • 43KlichBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBridcuttat 58'minutes
  • 25Vieira
  • 15Dallas
  • 21Sáiz
  • 24SackoSubstituted forAlioskiat 57'minutes
  • 45Ekuban

Substitutes

  • 9Wood
  • 10Alioski
  • 19Hernández
  • 23Phillips
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 29Gomes
  • 30Peacock-Farrell

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1LaintonSubstituted forHornbyat 45'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 5Davis
  • 24Smith
  • 33GunningBooked at 88mins
  • 18Reeves
  • 32Tonge
  • 8PughSubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 80'minutes
  • 19Turner
  • 22Pyke
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forPopeat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Myers-Harness
  • 9Pope
  • 12Hornby
  • 21Gibbons
  • 28de Freitas
  • 29Calveley
  • 31Whitfield
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
15,431

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 4, Port Vale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 4, Port Vale 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Booking

    Madger Gomes (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Tom Pope (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Madger Gomes (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  10. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gavin Gunning (Port Vale) for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Gunning (Port Vale).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United).

  14. Post update

    Dan Turner (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 4, Port Vale 1. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

  17. Post update

    Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale).

  19. Post update

    Conor Shaughnessy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

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