Never expected to win that today, regardless of managerless Millwall. Poor day all-round. Just 1 win in 17 matches in London for Leeds now. #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 5, 2019
A Jed Wallace penalty and a Tom Bradshaw goal were enough to get three points for the home side, although Leeds got one back through North Macedonia international Ezgjan Alioski.
The main story was Gaetano Berardi’s red card after 14 minutes following a blatant dive by Tom Bradshaw which referee James Linington fell for completely. Meaning Leeds had to play for 80 minutes with 10 men.
LANDMARK: Gaetano Berardi becomes the club’s most red carded player in @LUFC history with his 8th sending off.— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 5, 2019
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Kiko Casilla - Made a decent early save from Mahlon Romeo. No blame on the penalty going in. No chance with the second goal either. Great goalkeeping to come off his line to deny a great chance at 2-1. Should have been more proactive with his distribution as Leeds chased the game at the end. 6.5/10
Manuel Neuer dreams about Kiko Casilla every night.— ben (@lufc__ben) October 5, 2019
Luke Ayling - Not much to say about his opening spell at right-back, did fine. Moved into centre-back following the red card. Let Bradshaw get across him too easily on the second goal. Got caught under a high ball and lost out when he shouldn’t have, and was booked a minute later for a clear foul. Stepped forward with the ball well when Leeds were pushing for an equaliser but when he tried to play a pass that could break Millwall down he couldn’t find his range. 6/10
Lost count of the times Ayling didn't make his easy pass though - bit rusty maybe #LUFC— Patrick Veale (@nuttyhill) October 5, 2019
Ben White - Had an ok first half with a couple of rare mistakes. Good covering for Ayling on a couple of occasions in the second half as Leeds pushed forward leaving space. Made space well in the second half by beating a man and bringing the ball out from the back. Another mistake late on gifted a chance to Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. 6.5/10
We went into the season with Cooper and an unknown quantity in Ben White, who has been arguably our best player so far this year. Berardi despite his sendings off is an ok squad player. But not signing another centre half in the summer was criminal. #LUFC— Rhys Wyn (@RhysWyn19) October 5, 2019
Gaetano Berardi - Missed a header really poorly to let Tom Bradshaw in behind - really poor play and that is 100% his fault. Criticism of this is reasonable, as is saying Leeds’ squad is short of centre-backs.
The penalty and red card against him wasn’t a foul and was a blatant dive, he never even made a challenge. Cannot blame him for that. That it is his eighth red card of his Leeds career does say something about him but this one is purely on a referee being crap at his job. 4.5/10
Ezgjan Alioski - Barely seen in the first half but the issues weren’t stemming from him. Moved to left wing at half-time and scored after only 20 seconds of the second half, finding space in the middle to finish a Jack Harrison cross. Drifted inside well from his left-wing position which created space for Barry Douglas outside him. Good effort all game as always. 7/10
20 seconds after the break, Harrison broke to the byline before his low cross was met by Alioski to tap it home. 2-1 pic.twitter.com/8WhFjTjXnq— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 5, 2019
Kalvin Phillips - Ok first half but hard to impose himself when a man short. Had an ok second half to before being subbed to allow Leeds to be more attacking. As usual, tackled well and did his bit in the air. Once he was subbed, Leeds struggled to keep hold of the ball. 6.5/10
Not slagging Bielsa off with this but taking Phillips off when he offers everything for our midfield is a complete mind fuck. Klich was awful but still got the full 90 mins.#LUFC— Leeds Designs (@leeds_designs) October 5, 2019
Stuart Dallas - Moved into the number 8 role, showing his versatility. Had a solid start and a couple of decent efforts from distance but had to move back to right-back following the red card for Berardi. Moved forward again as Leeds chased the game. Always involved and looked good. 6.5/10
Helder Costa - Had a poor first half, didn’t do nearly enough with the ball when he got it. Had to put in more effort to stop Shane Ferguson’s cross for Millwall’s second goal and didn’t. Hooked at Half-time. 4.5/10
First big of genuine quality from Leeds. Pleased to see it from Harrison. Didn’t work for Costa today. I maintain that we won’t get the best out of Costa as a Pablo replacement. He needs to play with Pablo. #lufc— All Stats Aren't We (@AllStatsArentWe) October 5, 2019
Mateusz Klich - Hard job in the middle with 10 men but unable to effect the match in the first half. Good play to find Harrison in the build up to Alioski’s goal. Had a decent effort from distance. Dropped into a slightly deeper role following Phillips removal where he looked good in possession but looked sloppy in defensive situations. Gave the ball away a lot more than you would expect him to. 5/10
Jack Harrison - Much like Costa he had a poor first half, didn’t look a threat. Did go down for a decent penalty shout, maybe soft but it was a shedload more of a penalty than the one Millwall got.
Moved to the right following the HT sub and immediately put in a great cross to find Alioski unmarked in the middle to score. Great break soon after to get Leeds up the pitch, only stopped by a cynical foul from Jayson Mulumby. Got Leeds forward again for a Klich chance - looked miles better on the right. Had an excellent chance to find Douglas at the far post near the end of the match but cleared him by miles. Dragged his rating up with his second half performance. 6/10
I know he crossed to Alioski for the goal (finally) but Harrison’s crossing is awful.— stujeffery (@Stuart_Jeffery) October 5, 2019
In stoppage time Douglas is wide open and he can’t put it anywhere near him. It drives me crazy #lufc
Partick Bamford - Very isolated up top following the red card in the first half, did well with a ball into him in the build up to Alioski’s goal. Less link up play than we have seen previously and no chances. Not really his fault though. 6/10
Bamford entering into dialogue with some home fans as he walks back to the dugout. Seemed to indicate that someone had a protruding midriff.— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) October 5, 2019
Barry Douglas (for Costa, HT) - Found a lot of space on the left from cross-field passes. On one occasion had time and space to pick out a man after being played in by Nketiah but his cross was wasteful. 6.5/10
Robbed, never a penalty or a red card. The Ref was poor throughout. costa not the races. Douglas played well. we are still not converting possession, that will be our downfall. We deserved much more @LUFC— Brendan Bonner (@BrendanB2) October 5, 2019
Eddie Nketiah (for Bamford, 62mins) - Got to the byline well once but his cross was blocked. Taken out cynically by Murray Wallace when breaking. Dropped off the front to play Douglas in behind well but it was wasted. Much like Bamford, not involved enough. 6/10
Tyler Roberts (for Phillips, 75mins) - Couple of nice touches but the were in deep areas. Couldn’t get on the ball. N/A