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Leeds Player Ratings: Luton Town 1 - 2 Leeds United

How did the players rate in the vital win at Kenilworth Road?

Luton Town v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images

Leeds United got a late winner to win 2-1 away at Luton Town and go up to second in the Sky Bet Championship.

A Patrick Bamford goal and a Ben Pearson own-goal (hopefully Bamford will get the credit but I doubt it) either side of James Collins equaliser were enough to get all three points for the Whites.

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.


Kiko Casilla - Busier scond half than first half. Made a couple of good saves in the second half. Distribution was good. No chance with the goal. 7/10

Luke Ayling - Got forward well down the right consistently. Solid enough game but seemed to be out of position for the Luton goal. 6.5/10

Ben White - All his usual attributes on display. Calm on the ball, consistently in the right positions and defensively solid as a rock. Fantastic work to bring the ball almost the length of the pitch before playing a perfectly weighted assist for Patrick Bamford. 8.5/10

Gaetano Berardi - Deputised fairly well for the captain Liam Cooper. Won a few tackles, had a few moments of struggles against Harry Cornick but nothing to make you overly worried. Luton got on top after their equaliser and he was substituted while Leeds were struggling - Leeds did improve from then. 6.5/10

Stuart Dallas - Started at left-back but was swiftly moved into the middle of the park. Good energy throughout and won a few tackles. Not an easy task and stuck to it well. 7/10

Kalvin Phillips - Up against Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who looks a lot more like the player he can be rather than the one we had. Stuck to the task fairly well but wasn’t able to stop Brown having an influence on the game. Made some very good interventions when Luton looked to counter. 7/10

Pablo Hernandez - Good to have him back. Creative, skillful, and always a danger to the opposition. Had a couple of chances and may think he could have done better with them. 7.5/10

Mateusz Klich - Good on the ball as usual. Took up some excellent positions for pull-backs and had enough to chances that he will probably feel he should have got on the scoresheet. Good cross from the Poland man to set up Leeds winning goal, although he probably won’t get the credit officially. 7/10

Tyler Roberts - Fresh from Wales’ qualification for EURO 2020, Roberts had a slightly quieter game than you would like. Forced James Shea into one excellent save (one of his 11 saves - he had a tremendous game), but probably lost the ball a little too much - in his role he will lose it a bit more than others in the side though. 6/10

Jack Harrison - Pretty good down the left for long stretches. Worked hard as always and was having an impact on the game before he was substituted. Probably should have scored with a rebound from a Phillips effort, Shea making good saves from both his and Phillips’ efforts. 6.5/10

Patrick Bamford - Lead the line well yet again. Hit the woodwork with a good chance in the first half and put a good headed opportunity straight at the keeper. Took his goal well by catching Shea out at the near post. In the right place making a run across his man for the winning goal, even if he doesn’t end up getting the goal - it was good forward play to force the issue. With his chances, only criticism is he probably should have had another goal on top. 8/10


Liam Cooper (for Berardi, 59mins) - Luton had got on top and Cooper came on to sure Leeds up, it worked. Pushed up really high and helped Leeds exert pressure on Luton until the winning goal. If fit, should be back in the starting line-up for the game against Reading FC on Tuesday night. 7/10

Helder Costa (for Harrison, 64mins) - Considered unlucky to be dropped by many, plenty of endeavour and a couple of good pull-backs. Similar level of performance to Harrison so probably not going to replace him in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans on Tuesday. 6.5/10

Jack Clarke (for Roberts, 71 mins) - His first league minutes of the season I think? None of the spectacular stuff we saw last season, but did keep possession well and take up some good positions. 6.5/10