DAVE HOCKADAY will hope for better luck second time around as he looks to get his first win as Leeds United manager, writes Steven Back.
This evening they welcome League Two side Accrington Stanley to Elland Road in the opening round of the Capital One Cup, which Hockaday will look to use to install some much needed confidence into mercurial owner Massimo Cellino.
United’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Millwall on Saturday failed to earn him any more favour with Cellino, still to be convinced after Hockaday’s pre-season exploits.
Hockaday admitted: “We lacked an intensity and a purpose to our play. To concede a poor goal from a corner where a defender volleys the ball in from eight yards out, that can’t happen.
“The sad thing is that we haven’t played well over the 90 minutes but we had the chances to come away with something.”
The fixture could prove an ideal opportunity for Hockaday to give full debuts for summer signings Zan Benedicic, Gaetano Berardi and Tommaso Bianchi.
The two aforementioned witnessed United’s defeat from the bench and the latter Bianchi was serving a one-match ban carried over from Serie ‘B’ side Modena.
United will take on a Stanley side who lost 1-0 in their season opener to Southend United, after conceding an 85th-minute penalty. The clash will only be the second between the two clubs - Leeds winning 2-0 in the 2009/10 Johnstone Paint Trophy.