‘It hasn’t sunk in yet’ – Jordan Tunnicliffe in shock after Crawley stun Leeds

Jordan Tunnicliffe admitted he was still in shock after helping League Two club Crawley pull off a stunning FA Cup upset against Leeds.

Tunnicliffe scored his side's third goal in a fully-deserved 3-0 win over their Premier League visitors at Broadfield Stadium.

"It hasn't sunk in yet, I don't think," Tunnicliffe told the BBC. "I think shock at the minute is the overriding emotion.

"We know how good Leeds are but we knew that if we gave 100 per cent and stuck to our guns that we had a chance and I think every man (has) done brilliantly out there.

"We've been watching Leeds in the Premier League on TV and know how high intensity they are. We had to match that and we did and luckily won 3-0."

Asked about his preferred opposition in the fourth round, Tunnicliffe added: "We don't want to get too carried away, we want to go as far as we can but a giant-killing would be lovely.

"Leeds were a big club in themselves but we'd love a big club, go away somewhere and enjoy the day out."

Nick Tsaroulla opened the scoring five minutes into the second half and fought back tears in his post-match interview.

"I'm buzzing. It was an amazing team performance. I'm getting a bit emotional now. It's been a long hard road for me and this is a great moment. I'm really proud."

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Crawley Town's English defender Jordan Tunnicliffe (L) celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English FA Cup third round football match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, southern England on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casillo and Kalvin Phillips of Leeds sit dejected in the mud after the third Crawley goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The Peoples Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English defender Jordan Tunnicliffe (C) celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English FA Cup third round football match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, southern England on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Crawley Town's Jordan Tunnicliffe celebrates scoring his side's third goal with Tony Craig during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The People's Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Jordan Tunnicliffe of Crawley Town celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's third goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The Peoples Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Dejection for Leeds United's Francisco Casilla and Kalvin Phillips after Crawleys third goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The People's Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Ashley Nadesan (hidden) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Cypriot defender Nick Tsaroulla (R) shoots past Leeds United's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips (L) to open the scoring during the English FA Cup third round football match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, southern England on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla makes a save during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Mark Wright (right) and Josh Wright (second right) warm down after the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the People's Pension Stadium, Crawley. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Mark Wright of Crawley Town interacts with team mate Jack Powell of Crawley Town following the FA Cup Third Round match between Crawley Town and Leeds United at The Peoples Pension Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Crawley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Crawley manager John Yems hailed the performance of his players, adding: "It's nice when you work on something and you've got the players here, there's a lot of them have a lot to prove to other clubs that released them.

"It was just a really good team performance. We did what we could do. They're a good side. We are what we are so let's see who we get in the next round and just enjoy the moment."

Ashley Nadesan made it 2-0 just three minutes after Tsaroulla's opener and was named man of the match.

"Overall, it's a team performance and every single one of us has done everyone proud today," he said. "One person gets man of the match but every single one of us put in a shift.

"The first goal was a bit of a shock but the second one straight after gave us more momentum and pushed us on to get the third. It was an all-round performance which we're proud of."

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted his side had failed to create many chances as he reflected on a hugely disappointing performance.

Bielsa said: "We couldn't unbalance them when we attacked. We had the ball for a long period of time but we couldn't do much with it.

"In the first half, we played better than the opponent and the game was played how we wanted it to be played, even if we did not create much danger.

"And in the second half the game was played how the opponents wanted to play and they did create danger to deserve the goals that they scored.

"The result generates a lot of sadness and disappointment for us."

Asked if he had been surprised by Crawley's performance, Bielsa added: "No it's not a question of surprise. We knew the characteristics of their players and the opponents just like every other opponent."

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