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Leeds Player Ratings - Ipswich 1 - 0 Leeds

A decent performance in some ways, but it is still an incredibly frustrating result in a game Leeds should have won.

Ipswich Town v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Leeds United fell to another defeat after being reduced to 10 men at Portman Road against Ipswich Town. Leeds were the better side up until the red card and still created a few chances while a man down. Leeds fans were rightly frustrated at the result and social media was quick to look at what went wrong.

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 - Made a good save to deny Callum Connolly, distribution not at his best as Leeds looked to hit the ball long a bit too often. Had absolutely no chance with Bersant Celina’s goal. No complaints. 6/10

Gaetano Berardi - Looked better as a right-back than his average performances at left-back (which there was nothing wrong with). Looks less reticent to come forward on his stronger side. Passing and tackling were solid. 6.5/10

Pontus Jansson - Frustration started to get the better of him towards the end of the game but overall he had a good performance. Made several good tackles and his passing was solid. He also dribbled the ball out of the defence on several occasions. He overran it on one occasion but it wasn’t costly. The best of the defenders. 7/10

Liam Cooper - Was fine defensively while having less of an impact than Jansson. His biggest moment in the match was a sitter missed from only a couple of yards out and he really should have scored. 6.5/10

Vernon Anita - One of his better matches of late, was solid although he wasn’t tested as much as he has been on other occasions. In the second half he made several good interceptions which allowed Leeds to break. Laurens De Bock will probably come in for the Millwall match. 6/10

Kalvin Phillips - Solid performance in most respects. He made a few good tackles and was solid in the air. However, his passing wasn’t up to scratch by the standards of a central midfield player. Slipped in the build up to Celina’s goal, but the lack of closing down was all over the pitch and someone should have got out to close it down. 6.5/10

Eunan O’Kane - I do not like blaming one player for a defeat, but sometimes (like with Andy Lonergan away at Brentford) it is unavoidable. Wasn’t actually playing badly up until his moment of madness but as much as Jonas Knudsen went down easily nobody complained. A very poor decision from an experienced player who should no better. A three game ban awaits which Leeds can ill-afford with the injury to Ronaldo Vieira. I do not look forward to potentially facing Millwall with a central midfield pairing of Conor Shaughnessy and Kalvin Phillips. 3/10

Pawel Cibicki - Wasn’t that involved in the game but had one excellent chance that he really should have taken. Went off injured after 28 minutes. Hopefully the damage isn’t too serious. 5/10

Pablo Hernandez - Almost every good thing Leeds did went through the former Spain international. Created the opening for Cibicki as well producing some good play leading to several other chances. Created the best chance of the match for Liam Cooper and also had a couple of decent efforts himself. Stepped into the void left by Samu Saiz admirably. Leeds best player on the day. 7.5/10

Ezgjan Alioski - Not really involved in the game during the first half and was the player sacrificed for an extra midfielder after O’Kane’s moment of madness. A quiet day for the Macedonia man. 5/10

Kemar Roofe - Solid enough and an incredibly willing runner. Only had one real chance when he should have hit the ball early but instead tried to turn back onto his left-foot. Didn’t look like scoring that moment aside though unfortunately. Was left isolated at times which wasn’t really his fault but his workrate deserves some praise. 6/10


Hadi Sacko (for Cibicki, 28mins) - One of his better performances. In the second half he used his pace well to help Leeds counter attack. Gave the ball away less than you would usually expect from him. A good performance from him which may give him a chance of a start against Millwall, although I personally would pick Stuart Dallas in that role. 6/10

Conor Shaughnessy (For Alioski, HT) - His best performance in central midfield for Leeds (although that isn’t saying much). His passing was vastly improved from the poor performance against Birmingham City and his height was useful in the midfield battle. I still would not want him starting as a CM but he didn’t do a great deal wrong. 6/10

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (For Anita, 78mins) - One of his better recent performances. Was on for less than 15mins but he won the majority of his headers, held the ball up well and had a good effort on goal. Far more committed than his recent performances and more of that will help turn the tide of fan opinion. 6.5/10