Warnock targeting Cup win after Saints victory

Daily Echo: Neil Warnock Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock last night set his sights firmly on winning the Capital One Cup after his Leeds team took the scalp of another Premier League team in the shape of Southampton.

The veteran boss has often made light of his daughter Amy's request for him to win the competition this season, but after last night's 3-0 success, getting to Wembley does not seem as fanciful as it once did.

United are one of three non-Premier League teams left in the competition and a chance of at least a last-four berth is now a genuine possibility, especially if they get a home draw. They have now seen off Everton and Southampton at Elland Road.

And Warnock, who was a regular visitor to the old Wembley but has never manned the touchlines of the new one, is starting to sharpen his focus.

"I want to win it," he said after goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf and a Luciano Becchio penalty saw off a Southampton side sporting 11 changes from the weekend loss to Tottenham.

"Amy came to the game, she had a word in my ear about it (winning it).

"I thought that right from the off we were at it. I wanted us to enjoy it because if all the games are like our draw with Charlton last week, I would be better off fishing.

"We played some good football. In the second half, when it was 1-0, I said to my assistant Ronnie Jepson that extra-time would kill us, because you thought Southampton would always have that chance.

"But we didn't sit back and we should have scored more goals."

On a night when his side made few mistakes, Warnock singled out Luke Varney for special praise.

The well-travelled winger has been a target for the Leeds boo-boys after an indifferent start to his Elland Road career, and the heckling started again when he missed an open goal from a yard with the scores at 0-0.

He produced a man-of-the-match performance after that, though, and Warnock said: "He wasn't well before the game, he was sick at half-time - and he has been an easy target but I thought he was terrific."

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10:46am Wed 31 Oct 12

dly397 says...

Why is this on here? I couldn't give a
t%$$ what he wants - and I don't think too many other Saints fans are interested either.
Why is this on here? I couldn't give a t%$$ what he wants - and I don't think too many other Saints fans are interested either. dly397

11:27am Wed 31 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Well I am not sure either, but if Leeds won the Trophy it would look better to read that Saints were knocked out by the eventual winners!
Well I am not sure either, but if Leeds won the Trophy it would look better to read that Saints were knocked out by the eventual winners! OSPREYSAINT

12:08pm Wed 31 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

if a Leeds team full of ex Pompey players goes on and wins the cup then it will make last nights woeful performance by our team even more inept and abject.lets face it the saints last nightwere worse than useless.Next monday we must put in a heroic effort to come away with a point or 3.COME ON YOU REDS
if a Leeds team full of ex Pompey players goes on and wins the cup then it will make last nights woeful performance by our team even more inept and abject.lets face it the saints last nightwere worse than useless.Next monday we must put in a heroic effort to come away with a point or 3.COME ON YOU REDS CB FRY LIVES

12:58pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Bigrich1980 says...

i think he is in dream world - he has knocked out two prem teams who were not interested in it and put out 2nd string sides - as soon as there is a chance to go to wembley and potentially europe a prem team will destroy leeds with their strongest team.
i think he is in dream world - he has knocked out two prem teams who were not interested in it and put out 2nd string sides - as soon as there is a chance to go to wembley and potentially europe a prem team will destroy leeds with their strongest team. Bigrich1980

2:44pm Wed 31 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Bigrich1980 wrote:
i think he is in dream world - he has knocked out two prem teams who were not interested in it and put out 2nd string sides - as soon as there is a chance to go to wembley and potentially europe a prem team will destroy leeds with their strongest team.
More is the pity that it wont be Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]Bigrich1980[/bold] wrote: i think he is in dream world - he has knocked out two prem teams who were not interested in it and put out 2nd string sides - as soon as there is a chance to go to wembley and potentially europe a prem team will destroy leeds with their strongest team.[/p][/quote]More is the pity that it wont be Southampton. CB FRY LIVES

10:51pm Wed 31 Oct 12

SaintDon13 says...

Home to Chelsea, for us that's money down the drain, a full house gone begging. Good luck Leeds but somehow I don't think Chelsea will field their 2nd team.
Home to Chelsea, for us that's money down the drain, a full house gone begging. Good luck Leeds but somehow I don't think Chelsea will field their 2nd team. SaintDon13

12:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

SaintDon13 wrote:
Home to Chelsea, for us that's money down the drain, a full house gone begging. Good luck Leeds but somehow I don't think Chelsea will field their 2nd team.
Good point.that would have been a full house plus any tv money.plus the glory and prestige and world wide acclaim for beating the champion club side of europe.Another missed opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: Home to Chelsea, for us that's money down the drain, a full house gone begging. Good luck Leeds but somehow I don't think Chelsea will field their 2nd team.[/p][/quote]Good point.that would have been a full house plus any tv money.plus the glory and prestige and world wide acclaim for beating the champion club side of europe.Another missed opportunity. CB FRY LIVES

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