There was a game today, but it was about saying farewell to Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds United ended the season with a fourth win in a row as they won 3-1 at Elland Road in front of fans against West Brom.
Jack Harrison had an early goal disallowed due to Rodrigo being offside but it wasn’t long until Leeds took the lead. Raphinha swung in a fantastic corner which left West Brom all at sea, it bounced in the box and Rodrigo was well placed to head the ball home at the back post.
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Leeds doubled the lead with five minutes to go in the first half. Kalvin Phillips hit a freekick from a long way out and Sam Johnstone made a mess of it in the West Brom goal allowing Phillips to open his account for the season.
Pablo Hernandez forced Johnstone into a good save early in the second half before West Brom hit the post with a deflected shot, which Phillips and Ezgjan Alioski almost turned into a comical own goal immediately after.
Leeds substituted Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez to a heroes reception which was a lovely moment, but they will have wished they left it a touch later when Leeds were awarded a penalty for handball. Patrick Bamford stepped up and converted to make it 3-0.
A Kalvin Phillips error presented an easy chance to Hal Robson-Kanu who scored a late consolation but in truth it didn’t matter. The big worry was Kalvin Phillips who stayed down with a shoulder injury a couple of minutes later - hopefully he is ok for the Euros.
Kiko Casilla - Made an early routine save. A solid one from Maitland-Niles just after the hour mark. 6.5/10
Gaetano Berardi - Made a couple of good challenges in the first half. Solid throughout. Ovation when he and Hernandez went off was really something. 7/10
Luke Ayling - Played centrally with Berardi outside him before moving back out to the right in the second half. Played well throughout and brought the ball out well. 7/10
Liam Cooper - Booked in the first minute for an arm in the face of Darnell Furlong, was trying to hold him off but made a mess of it. After that he was untroubled. 7/10
Stuart Dallas - Solid throughout. As you would expect. 7/10
Kalvin Phillips - Scored his first goal of the season with a free-kick. Decent strike but it was terrible goalkeeping. Really poor mistake to gift a goal to Hal Robson-Kanu. Went flying into a tackle late on and stayed down holding his shoulder, hopefully it isn’t serious. 7/10
Ezgjan Alioski - Did well to avoid a comical own goal when he and Phillips got in each others way on a rebound. Did well up and down the left throughout the match. 7/10
Raphinha - Really good corner to set up the opening goal. Full of tricks today. Had a few decent openings but didn’t quite get it right at the crucial moments. 7/10
Pablo Hernandez - Set up the early disallowed goal with a good ball. Early nutmeg as well which had to happen. Really enjoyed himself and was he was able to get a lot of the ball. Forced Sam Johnstone into a good save early in the second half. Had a few shots but unfortunately the goal never came. Had a tear in my eye when he went off. 7.5/10
Jack Harrison - Good finish early for his disallowed goal. Outside of that wasn’t as involved as he would have liked. 6.5/10
Rodrigo - Good instincts to be in the right place to head home Raphinha’s corner to make it 1-0. Dropped deep and got involved in build up play. Good half before going off. 7.5/10
Patrick Bamford (for Rodrigo, HT) - Scored a well taken penalty. Made some good runs. 7/10
Pascal Struijk (for Berardi, 68mins) - N/A
Tyler Roberts (for Hernandez, 69mins) - N/A