Monk reveals Leeds FA Cup ambitions ahead of clash v Cambridge
By Emma Sanders
Garry Monk has claimed the FA Cup is the biggest domestic competition in the world and that a good run would help them in their quest for promotion, ahead of their third round tie against Cambridge on Tuesday evening.
The Leeds boss stated a good run in the cup would help improve the “winning mentality” of his side and he believes they should aim to repeat the success they achieved in the League Cup.
Leeds reached the quarter-final of the EFL Cup competition earlier this season before being knocked out by Liverpool at Anfield and Monk hopes his side can go far in the FA Cup too.
He also admitted there would be some changes to the starting XI but he has backed his fringe players to do the job against “difficult” opponents.
“For me it’s the most famous domestic cup competition in the world,” Monk said in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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“It’s something all players look forward to playing in and we’ve used the League Cup already this season to give us momentum and a winning mentality,” added Monk.
“We need to do that again. Yes, we’ll make changes for the game and we have to get the balance right. It’ll be difficult.”
Monk is set to make a number of changes to the Championship outfit as they take on Cambridge who are currently battling it out in League Two.
Leeds will go into the tie as resounding favourites but another League Two side Plymouth, have already caused problems in the competition as they held Liverpool to a goalless draw on Sunday lunch-time.
The Whites have been in great form this season and have now picked up four victories in their last five games so they should go into the FA Cup tie with confidence.
In other Leeds news, Eddie Gray has delivered his verdict on the upcoming FA Cup clash.