Leeds 4-0 Norwich (Agg 4-0): Despite the Joy of Reaching the Championship Play-off Final, Daniel Farke is Not Getting Carried Away - Latest Global News

Leeds 4-0 Norwich (Agg 4-0): Despite the Joy of Reaching the Championship Play-off Final, Daniel Farke is Not Getting Carried Away

Daniel Farke insists his Leeds United side will not let a win against Norwich stop them from reaching the Championship play-off final.

After a goalless draw at Carrow Road on Sunday, Leeds overwhelmed their opponents with a 4-0 win in the second leg at home to Elland Road on Thursday night to secure a place at Wembley.

First-half goals from Ilia Gruev, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter put them on the right track, while Crysencio contributed to Summerville’s defeat after the break.

Leeds face Southampton or West Brom on Sunday May 26 for a place in next season’s Premier League.

Farke praises the “clinical” side, but doesn’t allow himself to be overstated

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Daniel Farke has high praise for his team after Leeds reached the Championship play-off final

Leeds boss Daniel Wake on Sky Sports Football: “If I watch the game at home on the sofa, I will enjoy it! During the game I just focused on making the right decisions. But the team was brilliant and a little more brutal in front of goal and determined to finish the game.

“In the last few seasons I spent in this league, I was promoted twice. At the moment I’m in the play-off final.”

“If someone had told us we would be going to Wembley at the beginning of September and just one game before the Premier League, I would have said no chance. But right now we have that chance.”

“Well done to the boys. It was one of the most complete performances of the season against a really good team.”

“We were up early and they tried everything to get back to us. But we made sure we got back into the game without conceding a goal.”

“It wasn’t a perfect evening, sometimes we were a bit overexcited in possession of the ball and in our emotions because we have a pretty young team.”

“It was a great evening for us. But there’s more to come and I’m already concentrating on the next task.”

High spirits at Elland Road as Leeds reach the final

Sky Sports EFL Editor Simeon Gholam: “Any fears of a play-off semi-final nightmare like the one against Derby five years ago were quickly dispelled as there was almost 90 minutes of pure exhilaration at Elland Road.”

“Leeds went for the jugular early on and rarely let up. They simply blew Norwich away with a bombastic first half. It was one of her best performances of the season and it came at the perfect time.”

“Will they now go to Wembley and take another step? Your record suggests that no. But history is there to be changed and bad records are there to be broken.”

“If they play like they did on Thursday night at the National Stadium, nobody will be able to cope with them.”

Leeds have already been represented in the EFL play-offs five times and have not secured promotion once.

Ampadu: We can carry this momentum into the final

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Ethan Ampadu reacts to Leeds’ 4-0 win over Norwich

Leeds defender Ethan Ampadu on Sky Sports Football: “Towards the end of the season there was a lot of talk about how we played; that we weren’t at the forefront, we weren’t aggressive, we weren’t determined. We always believed in that. “On our day, when we shoot, it can be hard for anyone to play against us.

“When the front four, the front five and the front six all play like that, they make the job a lot easier for us defenders.”

“Sometimes we like to leave it too late, but if you score early you can calm the nerves and get them on your side a little bit, which gives you a little more space and it worked out that we scored a few more goals.”

“Whoever we play against in the final, it will be a very difficult game. It’s a final for a place in the Premier League and we’re happy to be there. I think we can perform like this.” Take momentum and confidence with you.

“The boys who played against Derby [in 2019] When it didn’t work, they told us about the atmosphere and the audience. They were second to none today. We love your support.

“We might just enjoy it for the next few days and then get ready for the big event.”

The goal scorers: Gruev and Rutter

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Ilia Gruev and Georginio Rutter react to reaching the play-off final at Wembley after beating Norwich 4-0 at home

Ilia Gruev on Sky Sports Football: “My goal was early in the game and I knew the goalkeeper was speculating so I thought I would try to take a shot and it went in! It was my first goal for Leeds. It’s nice to score a goal in such an important game.” .

“Everyone can hear the atmosphere and the action and we’re really looking forward to going to Wembley.”

George Rutter on Sky Sports Football: “It’s incredible. Today we arrived at Wembley Stadium. We played a very good game, we were very focused. I’m glad everyone is happy. One more game and we’ll see!”

“We played very well. We were mature and it was a very good performance from the team.”

“The atmosphere gave the players energy”

Jobi McAnuff on Sky Sports Football: “It’s been a while since they sang ‘I Predict a Riot’ here! I remember the game at Leicester again, where there was a brilliant atmosphere, but I have to say, from the minute we entered the stadium, we talked about the crowd and what role they could play – and they did.

“It energized the players, who then took it on and played fantastically. We talk about results being the most important thing but I thought it was really important to see this level of performance from Leeds.”

“That hasn’t been the case in recent weeks, but they seem to have hit the gear they did during that brilliant winning run. It was a very, very good performance from them.”

The goals that took Leeds to Wembley

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Gruev gave Leeds an early lead when his clever free-kick caught Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn

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Joel Piroe heads in from Willy Gnonto’s cross to give Leeds a 2-0 lead

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Rutter makes it 3-0 for Leeds

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Crysencio Summerville scores the fourth goal into an empty net

Lucky for the sixth time? Can Leeds finally end their play-off hype?

  • 1986/87 – Defeat in the Division Two (now Championship) final over two games against Charlton Athletic. This happened before the final was played at Wembley Stadium on a one-off basis.
  • 2005/06 – Lost in the Championship final to Watford 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
  • 2007/08 – League One final defeat to Doncaster at Wembley.
  • 2008/09 – League One semi-final defeat to Millwall.
  • 2018/19 – Championship semi-final defeat to Derby County.
  • 2023/24 – in the championship final at Wembley Stadium

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