Noel Whelan admits he was blown away by the reaction from Leeds United’s fans and players after Jack Harrison’s missed penalty against Stoke City.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter of the club says that it was an impressive comeback from the Whites in the second half against the Potters, having gone into half-time 2-0 down.
Goals from Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa levelled to scores at 2-2 to take the game to a penalty shoot-out, Harrison missing his effort to send Stoke through to the next round.
However, Whelan was not left upset by the eventual result and heralded the positive reaction from Harrison’s teammates and the fans after his missed penalty.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It shows the mental strength we have in the side, it took three players to show the quality that we needed but the rest of them followed. It takes 11 players to get back into a game.
“Everyone showed that capability of bouncing back from a disappointing result in the first 45. I see it as a win, I don’t see it as a defeat because in 90 minutes we drew, we came back. In penalties, anything can happen.
“A decent effort, penalties can go either way. The reaction from the players to Jack Harrison when he missed, and the way the fans were to Jack Harrison, was absolutely spectacular, it was brilliant.”
Harrison played the second 45 minutes against Stoke, having replaced Jack Clarke at half-time, and was the final penalty taker after Barry Douglas, Helder Costa, Kalvin Phillips and Eddie Nketiah all scored theirs.
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