Leeds were excellent in the first half. Max Dean opened the scoring from a pull back from Crysencio Summerville, before Nohan Kenneh reacted fastest to a loose ball at a corner to double the advantage. The third was again set up by Summerville, this time his pull back was controlled well and finished by Joe Gelhardt. Gelhardt then scored the pick of the goals with an outstanding curling effort from the edge of the box.
Leeds are still Leeds though, so Middlesbrough got one back early in the second half with a header from a corner. Stuart McKinstry won a penalty with some good skill soon after but Sam Greenwood hit the post with it. Cain Sykes made it 2-4 in the last 10 minutes with a good finish.
Elia Caprile - Made two very good saves in the first half. Didn’t look to be at fault for the goals conceded. 7/10
Cody Drameh - Defended well throughout the first half and showed his ability to track his man all over the pitch. Defensively was up against Hayden Coulson a lot who looked good in the Championship and he handled him very well. 8/10
Oliver Casey - Defended well in the first half. Got Leeds out of trouble a couple of times in the second half with excellent reading of the game. 7.5/10
Nohan Kenneh - Reacted well to a poor clearance to make it 2-0. Was up against Ashley Fletcher (£6.5m signing) and got the better of the duel. Moved into the DM role for the second half and looked good both defensively and in possession. 8/10
Liam McCarron - Played as a left-back and didn’t look like he was playing out of position. Good pace to cover when he needed to. Up against Djed Spence who has played plenty of senior football and coped well, although Spence did beat him a few times. Looked like he pulled his Hamstring late on so hopefully that isn’t too bad. 7/10
Jack Jenkins - Played well without standing out as much as some of those around him, playing in the “Phillips role” that can happen. Good on the ball and won it when he could. 7/10
Crysencio Summerville - Excellent piece of skill to nutmeg a defender before setting up the opening goal. One of several times he beat his man early on. Forced the keeper into a couple of good saves. Set up the third goal for Joe Gelhardt with good skill and the correct pass. Technically gets the assist for the fourth goal too but that was all about the finish from Gelhardt.
Played the second half in the same vein, forced a couple of good saves and looked a threat at all times. The only criticism was a couple of moments where he went alone when he should have played in a team mate. Quieter in the last 30 minutes when Leeds performance as a whole dropped. 9/10
Stuart McKinstry - Good pass in the build up to the third goal. Good in the first half. Won a penalty with some good skill early in the second half. Looks like he is getting used to the central midfield role now. Strong performance. 8/10
Sam Greenwood - His penalty struck the post and missing the target with a pen is never good. Played well in the central midfield role. Lots of energy, good passing range, plenty of tackling. 7.5/10
Max Dean - Good finish for the opening goal. Excellent pressing to block a clearance which created the chance for the fourth goal. Play as a striker in the second half and did fine without standing out as much. 8/10
Joe Gelhardt - Took his time before producing a good finish to make it 3-0. Scored an absolutely brilliant goal to make it 4-0. Good skill and link up play throughout his 45 minutes. 8.5/10
Charlie Allen (for Gelhardt, HT) - Solid outing but Leeds weren’t as threatening in the second half so he had less chance to stand out. 6.5/10
Kris Moore (for Jenkins, HT) - Missed an interception early which put Leeds in trouble, but did well after that against much more senior opposition. 6.5/10
Cole Gibbon (for McCarron, 87mins) - N/A