Leeds were poor, deserved to lose, and got what they deserved. Two West Ham headers from set-pieces gave the Hammers a 2-1 win.
Leeds took an early lead from the penalty spot, at the second attempt. Liam Cooper played in Patrick Bamford who was brought down by Lukasz Fabianski. Fabianski saved his fellow Poland international Klich’s penalty but was off his line, Klich kept his head to score the retaken attempt.
West Ham were having the better of the chances through the first half and got the equaliser in the exact way you would expect. Jack Harrison gave away a needless corner, which was swung in to Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek, he headed past Meslier to equalise.
In the second half West Ham were by far the better side and eventually got their deserved lead with 10 minutes to go. Angelo Ogbonna headed home from Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick. I know, a set-piece, who saw that coming.
Rodrigo missed a great chance late on, but had it gone in it would have been an injustice. West Ham deserved to win, and by a bigger margin at that.
Illan Meslier - A couple of easy saves early on. Got a hand to Soucek’s header and may think he could have done better with that. Wonder save to deny Fabian Balbuena with 15 minutes to go. 7/10
Stuart Dallas - Ok at right-back in the first half, ok at left-back in the second half. 6/10
Luke Ayling - Had a goodgame in his less familiar centre-back role, played some good passes into midfield and stepped out with the ball well. Brightest spot in a bad performance. 7.5/10
Liam Cooper - Brilliant start to the game, stepped in to win the ball from Sebastian Haller before playing Patrick Bamford through on goal who won a penalty. After that, ok for the most part with a couple of errors. 6.5/10
Ezgjan Alioski - Not a great first half, booked for a late challenge. One really good cross for a Rodrigo chance. 5/10
Kalvin Phillips - Went man to man against Said Benrahma and the Algeria international got the better of the duel throughout. A lot of places (including here) talked about Declan Rice v Kalvin Phillips, Rice was far better today. 6/10
Raphinha - A few nice touches in the first half. One great pass to create a good chance for Rodrigo. Struggled to get opportunities in the second half but far the better than the other Leeds’ wingers on display. 6.5/10
Mateusz Klich - Took the early penalty terribly. Fabianski saved but was off his line, showed good composure to dust himself off and score the retake. Other than the goal he had an off night. 5.5/10
Rodrigo - Hit a good chance straight at Fabianski and put another wide. Some nice moments in the first half but not at his best. Missed Leeds’ best (non-penalty) chance of the game in stoppage time with a header from six-yards which he put straight at the keeper. 6/10
Jack Harrison - Some nice link up with Alioski, and one good cross for Bamford, other than that not a good first half. Needlessly gave away the corner which lead to Soucek making it 1-1, which was poor given everyone knows how good West Ham are at set pieces, and how poor we are at defending them. 4.5/10
Patrick Bamford - Did well to go round Fabianski and win a penalty early on. Looked frustrated at a lack of service at times in the first half. Went close early in the second half but he struggled to get into the game. 6/10
Jamie Shackleton (for Alioski, HT) - Some nice attacking involvement straight away. Did ok but not much of an impact. Shack/Dallas were an improvement on Dallas/Alioski. 6/10
Helder Costa (for Harrison, HT) - Struggled to get involved and Coufal got a lot of joy against him early in the second half. Did the square root of f**k all going forward and gave away a silly set piece for Ogbonna’s goal. 3/10
Tyler Roberts (for Bamford, 74mins) - Barely involved. N/A