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Leeds United receive complimentary EFL verdict as 2021 obstacle drawn

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Crawley Town boss John Yems has been delivering his reaction to the news that his side will face Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup next month.  

Leeds are now a Premier League club and, alongside the Championship clubs, will enter the FA Cup at the third round stage as usual.

Despite the Whites winning the competition only once in their history, there’s no denying that they are a big draw and, despite opening up with a joke, Yems is delighted to be taking on such a big club next month.

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“Not really, I wanted a bigger club,” Yems joked, as quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Seriously, you couldn’t have asked for more. It’s obviously a tough game but let’s hope a few more fans will be able to come.

“It will be the biggest game at home in the club’s history.” 

Under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have never made it past the third round of the competition, but will be looking to do so against Crawley.

Yems side beat AFC Wimbledon over the weekend to secure their place in the hat for the third round, but their extended run in the cup is something that’s impacting league form.

Crawley are without a win in four League Two fixtures and have fallen to 15th in the league.

The Verdict

It’s a great draw for Crawley, particularly at home, where they will hope to have supporters back too.

Leeds are a side that will fancy a decent run in the cup too if they can have a good Christmas and make their place in the Premier League that little bit more secure.

It all aligns for a decent tie in early January.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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