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Ben Reeves (left) was one of the few players to play against Tottenham that saw action against Leeds.
It's hard to draw any other conclusion after NIgel Adkins trotted out an entirely new starting 11 from Southampton's 2-1 defeat against Tottenham. In Adkins' defense, the Capital One Cup match was barely more than 48 hours after the defeat (nice scheduling, FA), with significant travel involved to get to Leeds from the South Coast.
Guly Do Prado, Ben Reeves and Emmanuel Mayuka all started after making substitute appearances on Sunday. The rest of the lineup could have been playing in a midweek reserve match though. Daniel Seaborne, Danny Butterfield, Richard Chaplow, Steve De Ridder and Tadanari Lee all received starts. Chaplow is the only player in that group to have even made a Premier League appearance so far.
The bench was made up entirely of academy players except for Paulo Gazzaniga, so there was no opportunity to rescue a result by throwing on Rickie Lambert or Adam Lallana for 20 minutes at the end.
Playing the reserves isn't a deviation from the normal for Adkins.
In every Capital One Cup match this season, Adkins chose to give bench players a run out. In the past, it has worked out fine. But considering the run of form Southampton have been on and the opportunity to reach the quarterfinals of a cup competition, it would have been nice to field a bit of a stronger side
Leeds took the match very seriously, with a lineup featuring a number of first-team regulars. It showed as Leeds had a sharpness to them and controlled the game throughout.