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Leeds player ratings - Leeds 0 - 0 Fulham

Another 0-0, but how did Leeds’ players perform against Fulham?

Leeds United V Sheffield Wednesday  - Sky Bet Championship

Despite another scoreless draw there were plenty of positives to take from the game against a very good Fulham side. On another day Leeds could have won the game having had a goal disallowed and missed a few good chances.

Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @mightywhitespod or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.

STARTING LINE-UP

Felix Wiedwald - In a change from previous matches Wiedwald had a little bit more to do. He was beaten when Fulham hit the post but he had no chance with that. In the second half he made one great save to deny Sone Aluko and his distribution was better than it was against Preston. Rushed off his line well to deny Fulham after a poor backpass but still looked nervous when crosses came into the box. A second consecutive clean sheet for the German stopper. 7/10

Luke Ayling - A very solid performance as usual, defended well for the first 20-25 minutes when Leeds were under heavy pressure. As Leeds got more into the game he was able to come forward more and he did some good work in that regard too. Very much a typical Luke Ayling performance. 7.5/10

Conor Shaughnessy - Well done Conor Shaughnessy. Leeds fans (including me) had a very nervous reaction upon seeing Shaughnessy’s name on the teamsheet against Fulham but, after a nervous first 10 minutes where he was a bit wayward with his passing and positioning, he was absolutely terrific. Some very strong and clean tackling including one in the second half to deny a very good chance for Neeskens Kebano. For a player who has always been considered a midfielder this was a tremendous centre-back display on his full league debut. 8/10

Pontus Jansson (MAN OF THE MATCH) - A much more composed performance than against Preston. Defended well all game. A return to the form of last season for the Swedish international. Also did well to cover for Vernon Anita who got caught out a couple of times in his less-familiar left-back role. Probably slightly better than Shaughnessy but only due to slightly better passing. 8/10

Vernon Anita - As mentioned before, didn’t look as comfortable at left-back as he did on the right side for Newcastle. Didn’t have a bad game by any means but I would be very surprised if we don’t see Cameron Borthwick-Jackson return to that role for the next game. To be fair to Anita Fulham made a point af attacking down his side and with Ryan Fredericks and Sone Aluko down that side it was always going to be a tough night for him. 6.5/10

Eunan O’Kane - Similar to the rest of his performances this season. Him being able to get on the ball and start attacks coincided with Leeds’ best spells in the match. Particularly good with the ball in the second half. Could have done more defensively though and got caught a bit too far forward for a couple of Fulham counter attacks in the second half. 7/10

Kalvin Phillips - Not at his best but a big improvement from the Preston game. Ended up much further forward in this match for the second half. Made a few good tackles in midfield but also picked up a booking. Similar level of performance to O’Kane. 7/10

Ezgjan Alioski - Quiet game for Alioski, found it tough to get into any really good positions and it wasn’t surprising to see him substituted. However, he did play a fantastic through ball to Chris Wood for the chance he really should have taken. Overall, he lost the ball more than you would like to see and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him on the bench for the next match (although I would keep him in). 6.5/10

Samu Saiz - Very quiet early on but grew into the match. Got involved in some good link-up play and it looks like it will be possible to play Saiz and Hernandez in the same team, although I would only do it in a game where we will dominate the ball a lot more than we did in this game. 6.5/10

Pablo Hernandez - Very similar story to Saiz but had a slightly better game than him overall. Got on the ball well despite being shifted out to the left hand side to accomodate Saiz. Probably the player Fulham’s defenders found it hardest to deal with throughout the match. 7/10

Chris Wood - Much like the Preston game wasn’t at his best and missed the best chance of the game, he also seemed to get tired towards the end of the game. Had a slow start last season though and came good. Crucial to the way the team plays and is still the first name on the teamsheet. 5.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Kemar Roofe (for Alioski, 63mins) - Looked less dangerous than Alioski although he didn’t give the ball away nearly as much. Often looking to pass backwards in a game you are hoping he can create problems for defenders. 5.5/10

Stuart Dallas (for Saiz, 82mins) - Didn’t have time to really get involved. One decent ball into the box. It’s a bit unfair to give a rating on such a short time on the field really but I will. 6/10

Another game where a draw was probably about a fair result but it was a much better performance than Leeds put in against Preston. Still unbeaten, if we can get 4 points from Sunderland away and Nottingham Forest away I would consider it an excellent start to the season.