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Leeds Player Ratings - York City 1 - 1 Leeds United

A poor first half, a better second half, a decent run-out for the players

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Note - In first half Leeds United’s stream of this game bordered on unwatchable unfortunately. Making this job more difficult than normal. Was better second half but not great.

Leeds United came away from their trip to York City with a 1-1 draw. Leeds first half performance was really poor but they improved and managed to get an equaliser in the second half. The performance never reached a particularly high level but some players got much-needed minutes and that is as important as anything in pre-season. In the second half Leeds were the better side and, but for a couple of York chances, Leeds looked the more likely to get a winner.

Leeds had particular trouble at set-pieces and with long balls forward (particularly in the first half) and that is something Leeds will have to look at, given the midfielders at centre-back experiment is likely to continue.

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.


Kamil Miazek - A couple of decent saves in the first half to deny Newton’s Free-Kick and another to deny Bencherif. One iffy moment where he came for a low ball and didn’t take it cleanly. No chance with header which has to go down as a collective failure as no-one got close to marking well-traveled versatile player A.Trialist. One of the best Leeds players first half, which isn’t saying much. 6.5/10

Jamie Shackleton - Took an apalling throw-in which lead to Leeds conceding the corner from which York scored, a bit of a schoolboy error. Had Leeds best first half chance a couple of minutes before Half-Time. Broke into the box using his pace but was denied well by the keeper.

Did well to win the ball back on edge of York box, his pull back found Dalby but his touch was poor. Looked more impressive when he had a bit more freedom to get forward in the second half. Looked really impressive physically, would like to see more of him. 7/10

Ronaldo Vieira - Did not look comfortable and got caught out by a couple of long balls first half but had enough pace to get back in and cover for it. As with most of the players he looked better second half than first half. 5/10

Mateusz Klich - A couple of decent blocks and looked more comfortable with the role than Vieira and De Bock in the opening 20mins. Decision making was poor at times though to give away a few soft free-kicks in positions he did not need to. Definitely the most comfortable of the back three in the first half, was particularly impressive with his intent as he brought the ball out of from the back. His passing was a bit wayward at times but he impressed enough to think he could have a future under Bielsa.

Moved into midfield for the second half following the introduction of Hugo Diaz. Hit the bar with a good effort which lead to Dalby’s equaliser. Had a great effort from 30 yards that was well saved. Very impressive. Man Of The Match. 7.5/10

Laurens De Bock - Passing poor early and allowed York in behind him with a mistake. Made a recovery tackle for the corner that lead to the goal but that challenge could well have been a penalty.

Showed decent pace to get back in early in the second half when York broke the offside trap but positioning before that was poor. Showed the pace again after 85 mins when he caught up as York broke clean through, had a much better second half than first half. Made a few mistakes but also got out of trouble well. A lot of work to do to turn around opinions on him after some of the debacles we saw last season but he did ok here. 6/10

Tom Pearce - Clarke pulling wide so much in the first half seemed to restrict the space for his forward runs, did ok defensively but had less responsibility on that front than normal.

Lucky to get away without a yellow card early in the second half, showed some good pace going forward but had a relatively quiet day, did well to get to the byline a couple of times including one good cross for Dalby late on. 6/10

Yosuke Ideguchi - Showed some decent pace and energy and made a couple of good tackles in the opening 10 minutes. After that, disappeared a bit for rest of the half. Did some good work out on the right hand side in the second half and showed some confident touches. 6/10

Jordan Stevens - Very quiet first half. Couldn’t seem to decide whether he was playing on the right or in the middle (this was more looking lost than playing in a fluid formation). A few nice touches in the last 5 minutes of the half. 4.5/10

Lewis Baker - Not able to get close enough to Edmondson in the first half, had a decent free-kick saved after about 35mins. In the second half showed some better touches and stood up to the physical test better than some of his teammates. 6.5/10

Jack Clarke - Had a quiet first half, similar positional issues to those of Jordan Stevens. However, he had some threatening runs which gave him a higher score than his right sided counterpart. Got closer to Dalby in the second half than Edmondson in the first half and showed glimpses of the player we saw show great potential in the u23s last season. Not his best day. 6/10

Ryan Edmondson - A good ball across the ball after about 30mins to win a corner but that was his first real chance to anything in the game. Very isolated in the first half. His best bit of play was an exchange of passes with Shackleton that lead to Leeds best chance of the half. 5/10


Will Huffer (for Miazek, HT) - Made a fantastic save only a minute after coming on when Leeds again gave up on marking and allowed York 5 yards of space in the middle of the area. Able to get a punch out for a corner when Leeds again left players unmarked at a set-piece. First save was the best save of the match but had less to do than Miazek overall, similar level of performance for the two keepers. 6.5/10

Hugo Diaz (for Stevens, HT) - Looked more comfortable at the back than players in the first half, being an actual centre-back, did make moves into midfield at time. Got booked late on for a foul which was a fair decision. 6/10

Sam Dalby (for Edmondson, HT) - Good poachers instinct to turn home the rebound after Klich hit the bar. Had a decent header blocked from a corner. Looked far more involved than Edmondson was first half. 7/10