English Premiership

Crawley humble Leeds in FA Cup shock

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Marcelo Bielsa (Getty Images)
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Leeds suffered a humiliating FA Cup third round exit as League Two Crawley Town outplayed their Premier League opponents to win 3-0 at Broadfield Stadium on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa's men have made an impressive start to life back in the top-flight after a 16-year absence with the Argentine's attacking brand of football winning plenty of admirers.

But Bielsa is still yet to win a FA Cup tie in his three seasons in charge and was punished for resting a number of his key men.

Illan Meslier, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford were left out and in-form Crawley took advantage to extend their own unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.

Bielsa made three substitutions after a goalless first-half, but rather than kick the visitors' into gear, it was Crawley who took control in the second-half.

Nick Tsaroulla's stunning individual run and finish opened the scoring on 50 minutes.

Just three minutes later it was 2-0 as Ashley Nadesan's shot snuck underneath the hapless Kiko Casilla.

Jordan Tunnicliffe then rounded off a famous win for the fourth-tier side when he smashed into the roof of the net after Casilla could only parry Nadesan's initial effort.

Crawley could even afford the luxury of handing a debut to reality TV star Mark Wright in stoppage time.

Wright, who started his career at Arsenal and Tottenham before going into television, is making a documentary with the club to see if he can make it as a professional player.

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