David Moyes blamed Everton’s Capital One Cup exit on a ‘woeful’ first half performance at Elland Road.
Moyes made seven changes to the side that beat Swansea so comfortably at the weekend, with Leighton Baines, Phil Neville, Steven Pienner and Phil Jagielka all left at home.
But the fringe players bought in failed to make the most of their opportunity, particularly during the first half in which Leeds made them pay with a third minute strike from Aidan White.
Moyes handed full debuts to summer signing Bryan Oveido, alongside midfielder Francisco Junior as well as giving starts to Magaye Gueye and second-choice keeper Jan Mucha. However the Everton boss was not happy with what he saw.
“These boys are in the squad and they’ve got to show that when players get injured in the first team they can come in and play. If you don’t use them what’s the point in having them? One or two did OK but other didn’t ,” he said.
“We started terribly and handed Leeds the initiative and in all honesty probably lost the game in the first 20 minutes by giving away a really poor goal.