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Leeds Player Ratings: Leeds 1 - 0 West Brom

This was a massive win. A win that was sorely needed.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion - Sky Bet Championship Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds United returned to the top of the league - for one night at least - with a hard-earned 1-0 win over previously unbeaten West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road.

A Kyle Bartley own-goal separated the teams after Leeds had the better of the first half. West Brom then had the better of the second half but only forced Kiko Casilla into one tough save for all their pressure.

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

Kiko Casilla - Made one good save at his near post and came off his line well on one important occasion. Didn’t have a great deal else to do. Did well to keep his concentration after headlines of his being investigation for an alleged racist comment broke earlier in the day. As for what comes from that - we can only wait. Good performance tonight. Also, he changed kit at half-time - don’t see that often. 7/10

Stuart Dallas - Continues his good form at right-back. As always, great energy and fitness and did well up against the tough task posed by Grady Diangana - only got skinned properly once which is good against him. 7.5/10

Ben White - Excellent again from a player who is looking every bit a future England international. That the entire ground gasped when he played one really sloppy pass showed how rare an occasion that is. Won the important tackles and looked calm and assured. Took on the responsibility once Cooper had gone off injured and handled that very well as well. 8/10

Liam Cooper - He has been named in the Scotland squad but that might be a struggle after being injured by a late challenge from WalesHal Robson-Kanu in the first half. Was having a solid game before that. 6.5/10

Ezgjan Alioski - His shot lead to the own-goal, some places are giving it to the North Macedonia man but the shot was going well wide. Always lots of effort and got into a lot of good positions in attacking areas in the first half particularly. Got booked for a very unnecessary slide tackle in the corner and was warned after a blatant pull back of a West Brom shirt which could easily have gained a second yellow card. Second half the risks were reduced and he defended much more calmly. Overall, good performance, that Matt Phillips was subbed off says a lot for how well Alioski dealt with him. 7/10

Kalvin Phillips - Matheus Pereira did get some joy against him but this was a vast improvement on his performance against Charlton Athletic on Saturday. Much better in the tackle and able to make more of his passing, without being at his absolute best in that regard. 7/10

Jamie Shackleton - The last two matches he has been subbed at half-time and he needed a performance. He was again subbed at half-time, but this time following a good performance and an unfortunate injury. Gave Leeds all the necessary energy in midfield and was a constant source of pressure to West Brom, on top of making some great runs usually down the inside right channel. Passed the ball well too, would have definitely stayed on but for the injury, Leeds missed him once he went off. 7/10

Helder Costa - Like Phillips, improvement from Saturday, although a long way to go. Linked up well with Dallas and Shackleton down the right and showed a couple of flashed with the ball but was unable to beat his man on enough occasions to cause real danger. Had one fantastic chance on the rebound from a Patrick Bamford shot where he should have scored - some credit to Sam Johnstone for a good save. Worked hard defensively too in the second half when Leeds needed everyone to put a shift in. 6.5/10

Mateusz Klich - Stood out much more in the first half than the second with some good incisive passing. Got into a few good shooting positions and forced a good save from Johnstone, but not at his best in goalscoring areas. Worked hard in the second half when having to play a bit deeper following Shackleton’s injury. Solid day for the Poland international. 7/10

Jack Harrison - Got the “almost assist” by setting up Alioski for the Bartley own-goal, but the truth is he only ended up playing that pass because he had run down a blind alley and had to turn back. Watching him was another exercise in frustration as he got into a lot of good positions before either getting the ball wrong or making the wrong decision. Best effort was well struck shot with 10 minutes to go which was well saved. As always though, he worked hard and his defensive shift in the second half was much needed. Not a bad performance, just wasteful. 6/10

Patrick Bamford - Man of the Match for working his bollocks off. The negative was he missed a great chance at the end of the second half which as a striker he should really take. That aside: Ran hard, pressed well from the front, held the ball up excellently when it was knocked up to him, and brought others into play very well. If he has this exact performance and scores a goal - everyone calls it his best game for Leeds, without the goal still a great performance. 8.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Gaetano Berardi (for Cooper, 34mins) - Deputised well for the loss of the captain and didn’t show the rashness we can often associate with him. Nothing flashy, just defended well. 7/10

Tyler Roberts (for Shackleton, HT) - Usually, if a player comes on a half-time and is subbed off in the 74th minute you would think he has been awful. In truth, Leeds couldn’t get the ball so a tactical switch was needed but he was doing ok playing as the number 10 without reaching his best. Marcelo Bielsa made sure after the game to explain it was not related to his performance. 6/10

Luke Ayling (for Roberts, 74mins) - Not going to give a score due to lack of time but played fine when introduced. Three points, returning from injury, and a new four-year contract. Good week for Luke Ayling. N/A