By Amir Mir
Pontus Jansson praised the “fighting spirit” of Leeds following their penalty shootout victory against Norwich in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night at Elland Road.
First-half goals from Alex Pritchard and Marcus Antonsson sent the game into extra-time, before Chris Wood cancelled out Castro Oliviera’s goal to take the game to penalties.
Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri saved three penalties, as the Yorkshire club sealed a dramatic 3-2 win to progress through to the quarter-final stage for only the second time in 20 years.
Centre-back Jansson, who is a pivotal member of the first-team, was rested by manager Garry Monk for the game, but he could not hide his joy at the Whites late victory.
“I’m so impressed of the team today,” Jansson wrote on his personal Twitter account after watching the match from the stands. “That fighting spirit, together with the fantastic fans was amazing. Now full focus on Saturday.”
Jansson, who is on a season-long loan from Italian side Torino, has made ten Championship and EFL Cup appearances for the Whites this term.
The popular defender has helped Monk’s side to three clean sheets this season, including a 1-0 win in their previous league encounter.
Monk’s men host newly-promoted Burton at the weekend, as they look to close the gap on a play-off place, with the Yorkshire outfit three points adrift of Bristol City.
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