By Dave Woods

28th Aug, 2019 | 2:16pm

Three things we learned about Leeds in 2-2 v Stoke

Leeds were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Stoke on Tuesday night in a game where they deserved more. 

Once again, Marcelo Bielsa’s men dominated the game, this time with 71% of possession, and they were unlucky to go into the half-time break trailing 2-0.

It was the first time they’d been behind all season and they showed character to get back into the game with goals from Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa – two players currently not getting a start in the Championship.

Unfortunately, Leeds went out in the lottery of a penalty shootout but can claim the moral victory over 90 minutes, with Stoke hanging on for dear life.

Team and fans are in unity

When Jack Harrison missed his spot-kick the players all strode towards him on the pitch to console him and the crowd started singing his name. He’s been brilliant since his return from Man City this summer and the fans are completely on board with him and the rest of the team. Leeds had an unbeaten record going into the game last night. Penalties don’t count – they’re still unbeaten and there’s a sense of togetherness that will hopefully spur the team on to a win against second-placed Swansea on Saturday.

Bielsa really doesn’t like losing

This was an EFL cup game and although no one really wants to lose in any competition, there was a certain amount of ambivalence from fans. It’s all about the league this season and getting knocked out of the EFL cup is no bad thing, although the competition does give Bielsa a chance to test out other players. The manager really doesn’t like losing though. At 2-0 down at half-time he made a triple substitution, taking off Jack Clarke, Alfie McCalmont and Jamie Shackleton and bringing on Adam Forshaw, Jack Harrison and Ben White. He was furious in the second half at what he perceived as time-wasting from the Stoke players and he was probably the most disappointed man in Elland Road after the penalty shootout.

Jack Clarke is in trouble

There were murmurings about his attitude in front of some fans before the game. And Clarke only made 45 minutes before being hauled off last night. He wasn’t the only player removed from the game but he’s been dropped from the Championship squads because of loan numbers and the EFL Cup is his only outlet at the moment. That he was pulled from the Stoke game spells trouble for the youngster, who hasn’t shown any signs of recovering his dynamic early form for the club. If his head’s gone after signing for Tottenham it would be a real shame but with the EFL Cup gone we can’t see him playing again without some major injuries and that could lead to Tottenham recalling him in January.