Leeds United produced a fantastic performance to win 1-0 against Bristol City at Elland Road.
Kiko Casilla - Marcelo Bielsa kept him in and Leeds were rewarded with a clean sheet. In truth he only had one very easy save to make. Had the fans worried when he took too long to come for a ball and almost got into a mess with Liam Cooper a la Derby in the play-offs. Played a pass out from his box straight to a Bristol City player and that could have been far worse - loses half a point for that. Some good quick distribution. 6/10
Luke Ayling - Got forwards excellently throughout. Not afraid to shoot and I wouldn’t be shocked if he had the most shots for Leeds. Defended well, passed pretty well, although he was one of many hitting passes straight out for a goal-kick in the second half as they struggled to adjust to wind. Took his goal well, a well struck effort after a goalmouth scramble. 8.5/10
Ben White - Calm as you like. Defended well when he needed to and passed the ball well. Not his hardest day at the office. 7.5/10
Liam Cooper - Won everything in the air, won his tackles. Played some of the better passes I have ever seen him play, the one that put Helder Costa through on goal was unbelievable. Excellent display from the captain. 8/10
Stuart Dallas - Got forward well and linked up with Jack Harrison well. One of many good performances. 7/10
Kalvin Phillips - What a difference having him back has made. Good throughout although he wasn’t required to defend as well as he did against Brentford. Won possession well and got Leeds forward in the late stages of the game, preventing us dropping deep and increasing the pressure. 8/10
Helder Costa - Lots of running. Always the out ball to be hit crossfield and drove Leeds up the pitch over and over again. Forced Daniel Bentley in to two saves, the second of which looked a world-class save, but he maybe should have scored - my angle in the stadium wasn’t great for this one. Beat his man on many occasions. Should have had an assist when he put one on a plate for Patrick Bamford. Just a bit wasteful with some of his crossing. 6.5/10
Mateusz Klich - Has been one of Leeds better players during the downturn in form and he is playing well now, but with those around him playing better it helps him. Some good passes and breaks. Good throughout. 7/10
Pablo Hernandez - Took up good positions and played some good passes. A few more poor passes than you would expect from his high standards. Not at his best at the moment but still a creative force. 7/10
Jack Harrison - Many similarities to Costa. Worked a bit harder defensively but didn’t drive Leeds forward quite as much. Good performance, some good crosses, some poor deliveries. 6.56.5/10
Patrick Bamford - Made good runs. Some quality turns to beat his man. Some of his hold up play and passing was very good. Had an unbelievably good chance and hit it way too close to the keeper. Bamford in a nutshell. Definitely played well enough to keep his place though. 6.5/10
Jean-Kevin Augustin (for Bamford, 75mins) - Not as effective as Bamford. Had one good (not great) chance and put it just wide. 6/10
Jamie Shackleton (for Hernandez, 90mins) - Not on long enough to score.