By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Liam Cooper believes that “momentum” is the key after the Yorkshire giants progressed to the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
New Zealand captain Chris Wood bundled home a late winner to secure a 1-0 win at Elland Road on Tuesday night, seeing off Blackburn for the second time in a week.
The former Chesterfield stopper revealed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds must “keep the momentum going” as they host Ipswich on Saturday at Elland Road in what Cooper described as a “massive game”.
Good to get 90 minutes! Another clean sheet and 3 wins in the bounce.. Massive game Saturday.. Need to keep the momentum going! #MOT👏🏻
— Liam Cooper 💙💛 (@LiamCooper__) September 20, 2016
However, his first appearance in almost three weeks for the Championship outfit was impressive as he and Kyle Bartley were crucial to Leeds’ second clean sheet in four days.
Despite making seven changes, Monk’s men have progressed to the fourth round alongside the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea and will learn the identity of their next opponents on Wednesday evening.
Leeds will be hoping to continue their run of three wins on the bounce on Saturday as they look to profit from Ipswich’s poor run of form, which has seen Mick McCarthy’s men pick up just two wins in eight league and cup encounters.
Cooper is expected to drop back to the bench in place of the recovering Jansson, while captain Liam Bridcutt could also recover from a foot injury to face the East Anglian outfit.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the performance of hometown hero Kalvin Phillips.