Leeds United ended the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road. The match itself wasn’t really of any importance but it is always nice to see Leeds win and no-one could successfully argue that Leeds didn’t deserve their win.
Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips scored the goals in front of a typical, nothing to play for, end of season crowd who during the quieter moments of the match were entertained by beach balls and things along those lines.
A good win, a really nice sunny day, a solid end to a poor season.
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.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell - Finally gets a clean sheet and it is one of his lower ratings since claiming the goalkeeper position as his own. Had nothing to do. 6/10
Good end of the season and made up for BPF getting his clean sheet. Need to build on last few games (although away were still shite) and get more quality players in. Need Pearce to stay as he’s top quality. Glad Ryan got a good run out #lufc— mathew hibbert (@matteohib94) May 6, 2018
Luke Ayling - Good to have him back. I was surprised that we risked him for a meaningless match but he looked up to speed immediately. Successfully dribbling the ball out rather than aimless knocks up the pitch really contributed to Leeds being able to keep the ball much better than in previous matches. Good in possession, got forward well, back to somewhere close to his best immediately. Important that he is fit next season as this form was reminder of why he has been described as the best right-back in the division. Man of the Match on his return. 8/10
Luke Ayling is my favourite #lufc player by a country mile. Lovely to see him return and complete 90 minutes after that nasty injury.— Lucas Monk (@LucasMonk_) May 6, 2018
Pontus Jansson - Only 45 minutes for the Sweden international. Withdrawn as a precaution with a tight hamstring, not worth risking it with the World Cup coming up. Passed the ball solidly, did about as well in the air as you could hope to against big Matt Smith. Solid enough game but not tested too much. 6/10
Jansson had a tight hamstring which was why he came off at half-time. Forshaw has a hip issue and needs an injection in it so won't be going to Myanmar. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 6, 2018
Liam Cooper - Good defensive display. Similar to Jansson in the first half but with addition of doing some good covering when QPR went 2v1 against Tom Pearce. Playing the full 90 in a clean sheet is a good way to end the season. 7/10
Played well there. Some very good performances from the likes of Alioski, Pearce, Phillips, Forshaw & Cooper. Overall a good game from everyone. Ayling was fantastic, like he’d never been away . Good to end season with a win but next season has to be so much better. #LUFC— Matt James (@MattJLufc) May 6, 2018
Tom Pearce - There were a couple of moments when he dived in and missed the ball leaving Leeds a bit short at the back. Outside of these moments Pearce was very impressive. GOt forward well down the left and having fullbacks that can attack on both sides really helped the balance of the side. A couple of good crosses and one good effort which forced a decent save from Joe Lumley in the QPR goal. Still no news regarding a new contract and that needs sorting ASAP. 7.5/10
I’d be tempted to move Tom Pearce forward next season and have him as a winger. Loves getting forward but does get caught out occasionally at the back. Very promising player. #LUFC— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) May 6, 2018
Adam Forshaw - Passing was tidy, with the exception of 2 or 3 passes which were put straight out of play. A couple of times in the first half he turned and played the ball backwards when he had better options ahead of him. Overall a good performance of the standard we have come to expect from him. My leading candidate for the captaincy next season, weird that this is the first time we have won with him in the side. 7/10
Who would of thought, 433 made us look so much better, extra solid player in midfield, looked like a team set out with some purpose. Forshaw and Ayling make massive difference as well of course, base of very good team, squad not so sure #lufc— Adam (@Hertswhitelufc) May 6, 2018
Ronaldo Vieira - Really solid game. No mistakes that come to mind. He, along with Forshaw and Phillips, looked more comfortable for having the extra man in the midfield. Good in possession, not as combative as he can be because he didn’t need to be in this game. 7/10
Phillips and Vieira very good today #lufc— David (@BilliardsCue) May 6, 2018
Kalvin Phillips - Took advantage of the keepers’ mistake to get his goal, good turn to get away from the defender and finished well on his weak foot. Best of the Leeds midfield today, similar level of performance to Vieira and Forshaw but gets extra points for the goal. Gave the ball away more than his midfield partners but also won the ball back in the tackle more than they did. Jumped well for the header which knocked the ball down for Roofe’s goal but from the Kop it looked like the ball came off the defender rather than him. Just needs to be more consistent because today’s version of Kalvin Phillips is a good player in this league. 7.5/10
Kalvin Phillips v QPR #LUFC pic.twitter.com/vhyEjTmkq3— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) May 6, 2018
Ezgjan Alioski - Similar to the game against Barnsley where things weren’t going quite right for him but he put in plenty of effort to make up for it. Only difference is that in this game when Kemar Roofe set him up for a great chance he didn’t take it. Another player that needs more consistency. 6/10
CHANCE: Alioski should score. Great cross from Roofe on the right, Alioski meets it on the volley but drives it at Lumley who parries the ball away. 2-0 on 73 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 6, 2018
Kemar Roofe - Clever overhead kick for his goal. Put himself about well and battled for possession. Much improved in retaining the ball compared to some of his recent appearances. Should have had an assist as well having put in a great cross for Alioski who should have scored. Sign of his hard work that he looked knackered when he went off. 14 goals this season, solid return. 7.5/10
Kemar Roofe v QPR #LUFC pic.twitter.com/wLiRRbYhd1— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) May 6, 2018
Caleb Ekuban - Tried hard, no real threat, didn’t do anything particularly wrong either. Moved to the left wing at the end and had a couple of good touches. Would have rather seen Ryan Edmondson or Sam Dalby start but that doesn’t fall on him. 5.5/10
One thing I like about Edmondson is he finds space in the area. Something which Ekuban and Lassoga failed to do time and time again this season #lufc— Matt (@MWJS82) May 6, 2018
Matthew Pennington (For Jansson, HT) - Gave the ball away more than the man he replaced but defended solidly. Most impressive in the air of the three centre-backs used today. Remains to be seen if we will see him next season. 6/10
Ryan Edmondson (For Roofe, 73mins) - The 16-year-old’s first taste of first team action (at Leeds, had some first team action at York City) and it won’t be the last. Almost scored with his first touch but was denied by a good block following Alioski’s pull-back. Outside of that effort wasn’t in the game much. Won a couple of headers, got booked but it was never a yellow card. Physically very impressive, especially for someone who is only 16. Looks mid 20s, looking forward to seeing more of him. 6/10
CHANCE: Edmondson with his first touch, a deflected shot over the bar after Alioski cut the ball back to him. Some story that would have been. 2-0 on 78 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 6, 2018
Eunan O’Kane (For Forshaw, 87mins) - Not on long enough to give a score. With the number of central midfielders at the club and his form this season, could be the last time we see him in a Leeds shirt at Elland Road. N/A