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Leeds Player Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Leeds

Another late, late show. A well earned point in the end.

Middlesbrough v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Kalvin Phillips scored a 101st minute equaliser to earn Leeds United a point away at Middlesbrough.

A defeat would have been incredibly harsh on Leeds, who fell behind to a Lewis Wing goal. The biggest worry was the news of Jack Clarke being taken to the hospital having been taken ill during the game, hopefully the news is good going forward.

For a full recap of the game, read Pete’s piece here.

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 - Made an excellent save from a George Saville effort and played the ball out from the back well, both with his feet and with some good quick throws. Looked vulnerable under crosses though and could have been punished for that. 6.5/10

Luke Ayling - Was Leeds’ poorest performer against Norwich and probably was today as well. On several occasions he passed the ball straight out of play when under no pressure. Got caught out of position for the Boro goal which came down his side. I think the time has come for him to drop to the bench. 4/10

Pontus Jansson - Stood up to the aerial bombardment well and won the battle against Jordan Hugill. Did well at the other end too by setting up Kemar Roofe for a chance he should have scored and was unlucky to hit the post with an excellent header which Bamford should have scored the rebound from. 7.5/10

Liam Cooper - Similar level of performance to his centre-back partner. Made one excellent challenge to deny Hugill. Excellent header across to set up the equalising goal. 7.5/10

Ezgjan Alioski - Did a lot of really good defensive work managing to win a lot of headers despite his six-inch height disadvantage and won the ball back well in the tackle. Going forward was less impressive, too many crosses that he didn’t get right. Left-back seems to suit him more than Left-wing did. 6.5/10

Kalvin Phillips - Nowhere to be seen on Wing’s goal and as the DM he should have been much closer to him, was good with the exception of that moment though. Committed in the tackle and didn’t give the ball away much. Scored a very important goal to grab Leeds a point which could prove crucial at the end of the season. 7.5/10

Jack Harrison - In the first half the Ayling - Harrison combination seemed to be a constant detriment to the side. Lost the ball far too often and didn’t provide nearly enough end product. Improved in the last 20 minutes to be fair to him and did start to have a bit more joy on the left than the right. Good cross for Jansson’s header against the post and an excellent piece of defensive work to prevent a break when Leeds were chasing the game. 5/10

Mateusz Klich - Very quiet game. Everything seemed to pass him by and it wasn’t a surprise to see him removed early. Could have forgotten he was on the pitch. 5/10

Kemar Roofe - Dropped into the number 10 role and showed some nice touches. Should have done better with a good chance and the rebound in the second half. 6/10

Jack Clarke - Had a quiet game but was removed at half-time when feeling ill. As we know now this illness has required a trip to hospital all we can say is get well soon. Not giving him a score in the circumstances. N/A

Patrick Bamford - Some good movement to get in behind on a few occasions but didn’t quite get his link up with his teammates right. Missed a decent chance in the first half and missed an absolute sitter in the second half after Jansson’s header hit the post. Good that he got through a full game. 5/10


Pablo Hernandez (for Clarke, HT) - Asleep when he first came on and stepped up instead of dropping in with the run of George Friend which lead to Wing’s goal. Following this early error his performance was good and he dictated the game well, constantly dropping deep to start Leeds attacks. 7/10

Tyler Roberts (for Klich, 58mins) - Busier than the man he replaced but without showing the quality that we have seen him produce at times this season. 5.5/10

Jamie Shackleton (for Ayling, 80mins) - Used his pace well to help drive Leeds up the pitch. Didn’t really get chance to show everything he can do but that chance may come against Swansea City on Wednesday. 6/10