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Leeds Player Ratings - Leeds 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest

A frustrating game for Leeds who, while not at their best, were comfortably the better side.

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Leeds United were held to a goalless draw against Nottingham Forest, who were under the caretaker charge of Gary Brazil having sacked former Brentford and Rangers manager Mark Warburton on New Year’s Eve. Unlike the defeat against Birmingham City, and the victory over Hull City, this was a match Leeds thoroughly deserved to win but unfortunately some profligate finishing means we finish with 7 points from 4 matches over the Christmas period (on the podcast we had said the minimum we should get was 9 points). The players will now finally get a rest, with no game for 6 days and Leeds expected to name a heavily rotated side for the FA Cup trip to Newport County.

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.


Felix Wiedwald - Distribution was much improved from previous matches, played the ball short far more often and that really helped Leeds to take a foothold in the match. Only had two saves to make and a couple of crosses to deal with, all was dealt with well. Nothing spectacular needed. Another clean sheet. 7/10

Luke Ayling - Did ok but got injured after 20mins, tried to run it off but was unable to. Was having a decent game before the injury. Lost some attacking threat from full-back without him as Berardi and Anita aren’t as good going forward. 6/10

Pontus Jansson - Another good game for the Sweden international. Got through some decent work defensively and his passing was pretty consistent. Was a big threat from Leeds’ attacking set-pieces and had a couple of decent efforts on goal including one which was cleared off the line. Booked for challenge that looked to be fine tackle at the end of the first half. 7.5/10

Liam Cooper - Today was probably the better of our two centre-backs defensively, but without the attacking threat at set-pieces. Made one absolutely tremendous tackle on Ben Brereton in the opening 10 minutes when it looked as if he was in. A proper goal saving tackle from the skipper. 7.5/10

Gaetano Berardi - Started at left-back but moved to right-back following the injury to Luke Ayling. Looked more comfortable after the switch and actually started to overlap the winger occasionally which is something his game lacks when he is on the left. His usual committed self and a very solid performance. 7/10

Eunan O’Kane - Both he and Phillips were better than the midfield were against Birmingham but neither were particularly impressive. Looked comfortable on the ball barring a couple of mistakes but never played any passes that gave Leeds any real penetration. 6/10

Kalvin Phillips - Slightly more combative than O’Kane, and got forward a little bit more. Was a bit wasteful at times. There were times in the game when he was anonymous. Fine but no better than that. 6/10

Ezgjan Alioski - The only player to have a “bad” game. Lots of the players weren’t at their best but the Macedonia international had a stinker today. First touch deserted him on too many occasions and he did not look as confident as usual when running at players. Had a couple of poor games lately and his likely rest against Newport is coming at a good time. 4/10

Samu Saiz - Best player on the pitch for either side. When he plays Leeds are a far more threatening side. Pretty much every decent opening we had came through the team and had Leeds had their shooting he would have had at least one assist to his name. His direct running left a lot of Forest players looking scared and he laid on great openings for both Roofe and Hernandez. If Leeds end up in with a shout at the end of the season, it will likely be down to his creativity. 8/10

Pablo Hernandez - Good delivery from set-pieces today and played some tidy stuff in the midfield. Won the ball back on a couple of occasions and for the most part did the defensive part of his job solidly. Missed a chance late on that he would back himself to better with. Pretty good today. 7/10

Kemar Roofe - Leeds were more effective when he moved out wide in the second half. When playing as a Striker he got dragged out wide too often, this left Forest with two central defenders and Liam Bridcutt (who was probably Forest’s best performer) in the middle against Saiz, making his job more difficult. Was tidy in possession but had by far the best chance of the game when Saiz gave him a chance in the box with lots of time and space, however he hit the bar when he absolutely had to score. Had a couple of other decent chances as well, a game he will look back on feel he probably should have been the man to win it. 5.5/10


Vernon Anita (For Ayling, 26mins) - Will be pleased to be on the pitch for the first time since the defeat to Sheffield United but didn’t take his chance to impress really. While he wasn’t terrible he wasn’t great when closing wingers down and too often allowed players to get the cross in. I would also make him take throw-ins all week in training as he consistently took them badly causing Leeds to lose possession. 5/10

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (For Alioski, HT) - Definitely more active than in previous matches but was unable to get on the ball enough. Kept making little darts in behind the Forest defence but Leeds only looked to play him in on a couple of occasions when the pass was on more often than that. His presence up front occupied the defenders and opened up space for Saiz which the man from Spain was able to exploit. A little unlucky that he couldn’t get enough on Sacko’s cross to finish at the end. 5.5/10

Hadi Sacko (For Roofe, 80mins) - A good cameo for a player we haven’t seen much of lately. Leeds played some balls over the top which looked more threatening with his genuine pace and his cross for Lasogga at the end was about half a yard from being perfect. 6/10