Brian McDermott praised his team's mentality last night, as they dispatched Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup.

Although admitting that on the night the better team had lost, McDermott was pleased with the attitude Leeds displayed during the contest.

League Two Chesterfield, who it must be said were more than up for a battle, provided the Whites with a stiff challenge, and were unfortunate to suffer defeat.

The underdogs took the lead in the 19th minute and were more than a match for their Championship opponents for the majority of the game, but were unable to turn their frequent dominance into goals.

Michael Brown and Dominic Poleon struck in the first-half to send Leeds through to the second round, but McDermott was rightfully relieved come the final whistle.

In a post-match interview, the Leeds manager said: “We won and that’s important.

"Chesterfield played really well, they kept the ball better than us, and we lost our way in the game. Sometimes that happens and you have to dig in and get a result."

Though accepting that their opponents offered more of a challenge than might have been expected, McDermott was happy with the way his side adapted in order to progress.

“We went behind again at home and that’s something we have to address but the result is everything in a cup game. We got over the line in the end," the 52-year-old manager said.


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