Well, the Leeds United team that seemed to disappear over the last few weeks finally made an appearance yesterday, as Leeds dominated the match against Bristol City in fine fashion.
Yellow card: Hegeler hangs onto the back of Vieira's shirt, sliding along the ground, as Vieira nicks the ball near City's box. 66th minute— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 21, 2017
After early goals from Samuel Saiz, the match settled down and despite Bristol City’s best efforts to start a rugby match, Leeds were able to win the match 3 - 0 and collect all three points. Leeds moved up two places in the table, to 4th, with the victory, and will host the third place team, Sheffield United, on Friday in a Yorkshire derby.
Read our Match Report if you haven’t already, otherwise here are the player ratings from the match against Bristol City.
TC on Stuart Dallas: "He should take the time that he needs because in life the most important thing is family. Football is just our hobby."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 21, 2017
I would also like to extend condolences from everyone at TIAT to Stuart Dallas, who suffered a loss before the match. And thankfully TC seems like the kind of guy who would be insulted if you thought that family didn’t come first.
Andy Lonergan: Kept a clean sheet in his second start, although he only had a few times where he was really tested. Did well to grab and hold balls that were sent directly at him, something that Wiedwald never seems able to do with any consistency. Put in a good performance. 7/10
Luke Ayling: Looked decent going forward at times, but after the first few goals, never really had to go on the attack as Leeds were able to boss the midfield without needing the fullbacks to provide width. 7/10
Matthew Pennington: Solid at the back. Made some good plays to deny some Bristol City attacks. Another good outing for the young Everton loanee. 7/10
Liam Cooper: Made up for his poor play against Cardiff City with a good match yesterday. 7/10
Gaetano Berardi: Was the lesser piece of the back four, not that his performance was necessarily bad until the ugly red card. As a fan it’s good to see him stand up for himself and put Matty Taylor on the floor, but was a stupid red that could have cost Leeds dearly. 4.5/10
Eunan O’Kane: was freed up to be a deep lying playmaker with Ronaldo Vieira shielding the back four and winning the ball. His through ball created the second goal of the day. 8/10
Ronaldo Vieira vs. Bristol City:— Chris Taylor (@LUFCDATA) October 21, 2017
Most touches for Leeds (65)
Most passes for Leeds (38)
Instrumental. Solid return. ⚡⚡
Ronaldo Vieira: Why it has taken this long for Vieira to take the pitch in a league match god only knows, but he showed exactly why every Leeds fan was clamoring for his inclusion in the team. He won tackles, defended, and still created a chance a nice chance in the Bristol penalty box that was almost converted. 8/10
Kalvin Phillips: Was he playing as a number 10? Or did he have free reign to play up from a more central role in a three man midfield? Who cares, he had a great match. Christiansen has a lot of faith in Phillips, and he was rewarded with another good performance from the young midfielder after a couple rough games. 8/10
Samu Saiz: Another masterclass in attack from the Spaniard. His first goal was a good shot that took a slight deflection, but his second goal was all from poacher’s instinct to be the first one to the ball. Pretty much took the wind out of Bristol City’s sails in about 15 minutes and almost put the game to bed with a cheeky chip attempt that didn’t quite make it. Easily the best player on the pitch. 9/10
Gjanni Alioski: Took a knock early on, and was able to continue but seemed a bit of a passenger for much of the match, not that he was needed. Caused problems with his pace, but didn’t look his best. 6/10
Lasogga's been like a different player compared to last weekend. Excellent, like virtually everyone.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 21, 2017
Pierre-Michel Lasogga: Had a great backheel to set up Saiz for the first goal and headed in the third goal that absolutely put the game out of reach. A good performance after looking very average against Reading FC last week. Hopefully being a new dad isn’t taking too much out of him. 7.5/10
Hadi Sacko: Came on late for Alioski. Caused some problems, but wasn’t really needed to make an impact. 6/10
Vurnon Anita: Was subbed on to play at left back after Berardi went mental. Did well enough. 6/10
Jay-Roy Grot: Was on the pitch for a few minutes at the very end when both teams were going through the motions. N/A