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Leeds suffered a humiliating exit in the FA Cup third round as League Two Crawley Town outscored their Premier League opponents to a 3-0 win at Broadfield Stadium on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have made an impressive start to life in the top flight after a 16-year absence with Argentina’s offensive football mark winning many admirers.
But Bielsa is yet to win an FA Cup draw in his three seasons at the helm and has been penalized for putting a number of his key men to rest.
Illan Meslier, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford were left out and the in-form Crawley took the opportunity to extend his unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.
Bielsa made three substitutions after a scoreless first half, but rather than getting the visitors going, Crawley took the lead in the second half.
Nick Tsaroulla’s superb individual race and finish opened the scoring at 50 minutes.
Just three minutes later, the score was 2-0 as Ashley Nadesan’s shot slipped past hapless Kiko Casilla.
Jordan Tunnicliffe then closed a famous victory for the fourth-place team when he crashed onto the roof of the net after Casilla could only parry Nadesan’s initial effort.
Crawley might even afford the luxury of debuting reality star Mark Wright in downtime.
Wright, who started his career at Arsenal and Tottenham before moving into television, is making a documentary with the club to see if he can be successful as a professional player.
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