Date: 28th August 2019 at 9:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has been left blown away by the level of support shown by Leeds United fans for their League Cup clash against Stoke City on Tuesday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says he was astounded as to how many fans turned up for a midweek tie against the Potters, with it common-knowledge that manager Marcelo Bielsa would be making use of his fringe players.

Tuesday’s clash at Elland Road, which ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, was the second time the two sides had met in a matter of days, Leeds having beaten Stoke 3-0 in their Championship fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds confirmed prior to kick-off that over 30,000 tickets had been sold for the game and Mills, who was at Elland Road, was left applauding the dedication from the supporters.

Mills told Football Insider: “There were more than 30,000 people at Elland Road on Tuesday night, that’s incredible. For a League Cup second-round tie, they’ve sold more than 30,000 tickets.

“I don’t care if they’re a pound each, five pounds each, ten pounds each – to sell that amount of tickets for a League Cup tie against Stoke, where everybody knows there’s going to be changes, that’s incredible support.” 

Leeds beat Salford City 3-0 in the first round of the cup, while Stoke had overcome fellow Championship Wigan 1-0 to progress to the next round.

The Whites’ next fixture sees them take on Swansea City in another home clash, in what will be the final game before the first international break of the season.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that one Premier League-quality star is causing Bielsa a serious headache at Elland Road.