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Leeds Player Ratings: Leeds 1 - 1 Man City: An incredible match with two teams going for it all match.

This was incredible.

Leeds United v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Leeds United produced an incredible effort to get a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Elland Road.

Man City battered Leeds for 15 minutes, but only took the lead when Raheem Sterling took advantage of a poor clearance to cut inside on to his right foot and curl the ball into the far corner.

Leeds then improved and Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas, and Luke Ayling all had good chances to equalise, although Man City always looked dangerous too.

Leeds managed to get level just before the hour mark. Substitute Rodrigo, who had just hit the bar, tapping in from a corner which Ederson dropped as his feet.

Both teams had chances to win it, and Leeds tired at the end allowing Man City to get on top, but the story was how incredible this match was. I love Marcelo Bielsa.

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.


Illan Meslier - Got caught out by an early De Bruyne free-kick when he tried to anticipate a cross but the Belgium playmaker went straight for goal and hit the post. Forced to go long with his kicks and was unable to hit his target when did, which put Leeds under a lot of pressure.. Good goalkeeping to smother a Sterling one-on-one and a good late save to prevent a Bamford own-goal. 7/10

Luke Ayling - Struggled to deal with Sterling early on but so does everyone. Had a massive chance at the end of the first half that he will think he should do better with (but I would call that a great save from Ederson). Defensively really good. Good on the ball. Limitless energy. Fantastic. 9/10

Robin Koch - Defended well throughout. Much less involved than his central defensive partner but did everything he needed to do. 7.5/10

Liam Cooper - Couple of early blocks but a terrible attempt at a clearance which lead to the first goal, his attempt at challenging Sterling straight after wasn’t his best either. Followed that with a few more good tackles and was much more solid defensively in the second half. 7.5/10

Stuart Dallas - Goal saving block on the line to deny Ferran Torres. Got forward well on the occasions when he could. Looked off it when he moved into midfield for the last 15 minutes. Put in a bad tackle late on on Bernardo Silva which was not good to see. 8/10

Kalvin Phillips - Struggled at times in the first half to deal Man City’s incessant pressing against him, but he needed more help and he didn’t do badly barring a few errant passes. Better in the second half and against that opposition he did well to win the ball back as much as he did. 7.5/10

Mateusz Klich - Some really nice moments and looked to have the most success in his one-on-one duels of all the midfielders when he was in possession, less so out of possession but his positional play was good. 8/10

Tyler Roberts - Some really nice touches including a great reverse ball to set up Dallas. Much better than his last two outings. 6.5/10

Helder Costa - Went down too easily on a lot of occasions and in a man marking system that leaves those behind you with a problem. Did get some attacking joy against Benjamin Mendy, but when Mendy went forward I think Costa only came out on top once. 7/10

Ezgjan Alioski - Decent headed chance from Leeds first real attack. Good energy but didn’t see lots from him. Off at half-time. 6/10

Patrick Bamford - Leeds up against it so he didn’t get much service but he did well with the ball when it came into him. Had a few efforts on goal including a good chance with a one-on-one which was saved. Looked exhausted at the end from the sheer amount of effort he put in. 8/10


Ian Poveda (for Alioski, HT) - Immediately beat Mendy and put in a good cross from Bamford. Gave Mendy a torrid time and the France fullback could have been sent off. Also did well to bring the ball out from Leeds’ defensive areas. 7.5/10

Rodrigo (for Roberts, 55mins) - Hit the bar the first time he got on the ball in an attacking area. Right place to tap in and make it 1-1 following Ederson’s error. Denied a second by a wonder save from the Brazil keeper. On the ball he stood out a mile and his movement was excellent. 8/10

Leif Davis (for Klich, 76mins) - N/A