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Leeds Recap and Ratings: Derby u23s 7 - 1 Leeds u23s: A dismal day at the office for the u23s.

This was awful to watch.

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Leeds United’s under 23 side took an absolute hammering from Derby County in their second Premier League Cup fixture, losing 7-1 after an excruciatingly bad performance.

Derby absolutely dominated the first half and lead 4-0 at the break after two goals from Louie Sibley, and one each for Mason Bennett and Jahmal Hector-Ingram. Then, in the second half another Sibley goal - this time from the penalty spot - was added to by Max Bird and Hector-Ingram. Josh Galloway grabbed the very definition of a consolation goal in the last minute for the beleaguered Leeds side.

Derby went close early on, Everton loanee Kieran Dowell curling a free-kick just wide before there was a minute on the clock.

Kamil Miazek came off his line well to win the ball off the toes of Jahmal Hector-Ingram when he was put through after six minutes.

Louie Sibley put Derby in front after some really poor play from Leeds. Kamil Miazek palmed a cross down to Leif Davis, but he passed the ball straight out to a Derby man, the ball was then played to Sibley in the box who finished past Miazek.

Sibley almost had a second a minute later when put through, but Miazek made a good save to deny him.

It was 2-0 after 17 minutes, this time it was Olly Casey who passed the ball straight to a Derby man in his own penalty area. This time, straight to Sibley who doubled both his and Derby’s total.

Derby were pressing Leeds well and it was rare that Leeds were successful at playing out from the back in the opening 20 minutes.

Sibley went through again from a long ball forward from goalkeeper Ben Hamer, but his shot was weak and saved by Miazek. The Poland youth international was then forced into another save 30 seconds later after Jayden Mitchell-Lawson cut inside and shot.

Then it was three. Mason Bennett curling the ball in from the left corner of the penalty area into the far corner. It was a cracking finish but Leeds were making things incredibly easy for Derby.

Jordan Brown then went close with a half-volley from a corner which just curled wide.

Jahmal Hector-Ingram made it 4-0 in the 29th minute. Derby played straight through the middle of Leeds with a counter-attack. Sibley found Mitchell-Lawson, who played Hector-Ingram through and he slid the ball past Miazek.

In the 32nd minute we saw some life from Leeds. Jordan Stevens cut inside from the right and played a good one-two with Robbie Gotts but he was denied by a good block.

Miazek made a couple more simple saves from long-range efforts from Sibley and Dowell as the half drew to a close. If anything, 4-0 flattered Leeds at half-time.

The second half started with more of the same. This time Miazek was at fault for a poor kick, but he made another good save to tip Max Bird’s shot around the post for a corner. Mason Bennett had a completely free header from the resulting corner but it went well over the bar.

Max Bird then made it 5-0 with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area. The shot was straight at Miazek who seemed to dive out of the way. Struijk was down with an ankle injury at the time, but he was not in the goalkeeper’s way.

Sibley then went around the outside of Jack Jenkins far too easily down the right, he got into the box and Jenkins brought him down for a penalty. Sibley stepped up to make it 6-0 and claim his hat-trick and duly put the ball into the top right corner.

Leeds gave it away again immediately after the restart and Hector-Ingram forced Miazek into another diving save to his left.

Ryan Edmondson went close to getting one back in the 78th minute. Leif Davis put in a good cross from the left and Edmondson’s header from a tight angle was a good effort but was saved.

Derby went straight down the other end and made it seven. Kieran Dowell waltzed into the area with no Leeds player making anything approaching a tackle. He played it into Mitchell-Lawson, who layed the ball of to Hector-Ingram who placed it into the bottom right corner for his second.

Mason Bennett put another shot over from the edge of the box, then one wide of the left post, then one high and wide.

It was almost eight in the 89th minute. Dowell breaking through midfield and playing a through ball for Alex Babos who hit the side netting.

Kieran Dowell then put one just wide from the halfway line, he caught Miazek off his line and had the keeper beat but it drifted wide of the right post.

Then, last minute, Theo Hudson played an excellent through ball to put Josh Galloway through on goal and he slipped the ball past the goalkeeper. Really good finish. to make it 1-0 to Leeds, sorry - I mean 7-1 to Derby.


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 - This might be generous to be honest.

Kamil Miazek - Came off his line well early on and made a good save as well. Got a hand to it on the opening goal but couldn’t keep it out. Made a few decent saves in between picking the ball out of the net. Couldn’t do anything about goals two through four. Seemed to dive out of the way of the 5th goal. 5/10

Dane Burlace - Really struggled for the first 30 minutes. Completely outdone by Mason Bennett (who is a much more senor player) and couldn’t find the target with his passing. 4/10

Olly Casey - Awful pass straight to Sibley in the box for the second goal. Nowhere for the other goals in the first half. Made a couple of good tackles second half but never got near the Derby attackers’ movement. 3/10

Pascal Struijk - Missed the ball too often and, as the more senior of the two centre-backs, didn’t do enough to try and marshal a clearly panicking Leeds defence. Went off with an injury just after the hour mark. Hopefully not too serious. 4/10

Leif Davis - Fresh from signing a new contract, but it was a poor start as he gave the ball away in the Leeds area leading to the opening goal. Was able to get forward and put a couple of decent balls into the box in the second half but no Leeds player got near, until Ryan Edmondson had a header on target from one. 4/10

Jack Jenkins - Tasked with protecting the defence in the Phillips role. For the opening 30 minutes - he may as well have not been there. Couldn’t do much on the ball. Gave away a penalty poorly for the sixth goal. Didn’t have any help but did not help himself either. 3/10

Robbie Gotts - Playing as an “8”, which Marcelo Bielsa said is his best position in a recent press conference. Out of a completely overrun midfield, he looked the most able to cope but he still wasn’t at his level. 4.5/10

Jordan Stevens - Had Leeds’ brightest moment of the first half with a good one-two and shot. Most visibly frustrated of the Leeds players. Some good play in the build up to the consolation goal. 4/10

Stuart McKinstry - Moved inside to play as the more attacking number eight role currently occupied by Tyler Roberts for the first team. Early passes didn’t find their range but was always looking for “killer” passes in behind the Derby defence. After the opening few minutes he couldn’t get on the ball and much like his teammates, he gave it away when he did. Have been very impressed with him previously but not tonight. 4/10

Liam McCarron - Barely on the ball, and offered little in either direction in the first half. No impact on the second half either. 4/10

Ryan Edmondson - With the way the first half went, a lone striker has no chance. On the rare occasions he got the ball he didn’t do much with it in the first half. Similar story second half. The whole performance was awful, but as Striker he is one of the least to blame. Had a decent header saved from a Davis cross. 4.5/10

SUBSTITUTES

Charlie Cresswell (for Struijk, 64mins) - Much better than Casey or Struijk. 5/10

Josh Galloway (for McKinstry, 65mins) - First pass went straight out of play but after that was alright. Really good finish to get Leeds a last minute consolation. 6.5/10

Theo Hudson (for Liam McCarron, 76mins) - Beat his man and was brought down the first time he touvhed the ball. Kept trying to beat players and had a wayward shot. The effort was appreciated. Great through ball for Galloway’s goal. 6/10