Leeds United head coach Garry Monk has lavished praise on his players for snatching a win at Luton Town in difficult circumstances.

A goal from debutant Tyler Denton in the 23rd minute was enough to ensure Leeds’ progress to the third round of the EFL Cup for the first time in three years.

Luton made it hard towards the end for Leeds, but the away side hung on to their lead to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to three games.

Monk admits that he always expected a difficult game at Kenilworth Road as he fielded a completely different starting eleven to the one who beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

And he feels that his players, some of them who have not played much this season, deserve all the credit for pulling off a win despite the mitigating circumstances against Luton.  


The Leeds boss told BBC Radio Leeds: “Tonight was always going to be difficult.

“We saw against Fleetwood, how difficult these games are.

"We played against a very good side, and Luton knocked out Aston Villa in the last round.

“We knew coming here was tough, and I made eleven changes as well, so I have to give credit to my players.

"It’s very difficult when you make that many changes with some players who haven’t had minutes.”

The draw for the third round of the EFL Cup will take place tonight following the completion of the rest of the second round games.