Two minutes later, Vale’s net bulged again as Elland Road feted a new sensation and a competitive match was done.
Caleb Ekuban added a fourth goal for good measure after a piercing run from Gianni Alioski and Vale finished with 10 players as Gunning dived in on Alioski and incurred a second yellow card.
Dallas’ delivery confused Lainton and cracked off the inside of his far post, sitting up nicely for Saiz who volleyed the ball home with a deflection off the same upright.
A gift of a goal was Vale’s worst-case scenario and Leeds sprayed the ball around amid little in the way of a threat towards Wiedwald.
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Let loose for the first time, Saiz drove United into round two of the Carabao Cup with three lovely finishes and a general masterclass. Thomas Christiansen, Leeds’ head coach, wanted progression through the opening stage an his side were making heavy weather of a clash with Port Vale until two well-chosen substitutes injected magic into the tie but the Championship is what matters at Elland Road and United’s success on that front rests on the quality of the influx of players recruited this summer.Vale’s manager, a midfielder whose years at United were not his easiest or finest, did what Warnock was always good at doing, fighting the odds and threatening to find a way.The night was set up for Leeds when Saiz, on a tidy debut, scored but another old boy, Michael Tonge, brought Vale level before half-time by finishing off the sort of direct attack which old-school managers thrive on.LIVE/WIRE would like to wish all fans young and old a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.This year is almost at an end and yet again it has been a tremendous year for all of us if not tinged with a little sadness after long term members Pete Eccles and Darren Wood announced that they would be leaving to pursue exciting new work opportunities.