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Leeds Recap and Ratings: Leeds 2 - 0 Huddersfield. Five wins, Five clean sheets. Top of the League.

We’re Leeds United, we’re top of the league. No-one say anything to mess this up.

Leeds United v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship Photo by John Early/Getty Images

Leeds United recorded another comfortable win with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at a sold out Elland Road. A Luke Ayling screamer, and a long overdue Patrick Bamford goal gave Marcelo Bielsa’s side the three points.

The game opened with Luke Ayling scoring one of the best goals I have seen in person, and one of the best any of us will see all season. Jack Harrison swung a cross in from the left to the back post where Ayling was arriving. He managed to hit a first-time volley on a ball that looked too high to hit first time and he hammered it in off the bar. What a goal.

Leeds weren’t at their best but were comfortably better than their opponents and could have doubled their lead late in the second half when Jack Harrison volleyed wide at the back post.

Leeds again scored early in the second half. Pablo Hernandez put in a good cross from a free-kick and Ben White met it with a good header. Jonas Lossl made a good save to deny the makeshift midfielder but it fell to Bamford a couple of yards out who finished it. The reception really showed how happy the crowd were that Bamford had broken his scoring drought.

Leeds then had their best period of the game where they went close on several occasions, but the closest was a tremendous Jack Harrison curling effort which hit the woodwork. Had Leeds’ final ball been better they could have had more but a 2-0 win was enough to send every Leeds fan home happy.

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 - Didn’t have much to do. Passing was fine. Spilled one simple shot that was straight at him but Gaetano Berardi was aware to clear the ball. 6/10

Luke Ayling - Good throughout and did a good job up against Karlan Grant. On to the goal. What a goal. Absolutely unbelievable technique. Reminded me of the Robin Van Persie volley for Arsenal away at Charlton Athletic in 2006. One of the best goals I have seen live. 8/10

Gaetano Berardi - Did well to deal with Meslier’s one error. Passing good, defended well throughout. Booked for one daft tackle but that can be let go. 7/10

Liam Cooper - Never looked troubled throughout. Played some excellent crossfield passes to Helder Costa. 7.5/10

Stuart Dallas - Much like his defensive partners, solid throughout. Similar level to Ayling without the absolute thunderbastard of a goal. 7/10

Ben White - Deputised well for an injured Kalvin Phillips. Man marked the dangerous Emile Smith-Rowe and barely gave him a sniff of the action. Didn’t pass as well as Phillips does but in terms of everything else he was very good. Half claims an assist for the header which lead to the Bamford goal. 7.5/10

Helder Costa - Pace looked dangerous, but got knocked off the ball too easily on a few occasions. Final ball not there and sometimes took too long to make a decision. 6/10

Mateusz Klich - Quieter than in some recent games but still good. Plenty of work rate, got a rare rest at the end of the match. Great through ball to put Bamford through for a chance which deserved an assist. 7/10

Pablo Hernandez - Odd game. Did some things well. Played some good passes between the lines and was always available as an option. Opened up the defence with a great nutmeg and could have scored from it. Also played some really bad passes and gave the ball away far too much. He is always going to give it away more than most due to types of passes played, but today he was making a mess of too many simple ones. Seemed to roll his ankle halfway through the second half and didn’t look fit the rest of the game. Was surprised he stayed on while others were substituted. 6.5/10

Jack Harrison - Great work rate as always. Gets the assist for Ayling’s goal but that was all about the right-back really. Some excellent moments of skill. Went close with a volley and had he scored rather than hit the bar with his effort from range it would have been an incredible goal. 8/10

Patrick Bamford - Got the goal he needed desperately with a real poachers goal. Did well with his build up play and occupied the centre-backs. Good performance. 7/10


Tyler Roberts (for Bamford, 78mins) - Some nice turns but not as on it this week as against Hull City. Had one excellent chance to put Hernandez clean through but overhit the pass. 6/10

Jamie Shackleton (for Klich, 83mins) - Did fine, not on long enough to score. N/A

Ezgjan Alioski (for Harrison, 93mins) - Not on long enough to score. N/A