It was always going to be a tough night at Elland Road. Garry Monk and his young side were coming off the back of two defeats on the bounce for the first time since the opening parts of the season and last night we left that statistic behind as Wood and Hernandez provided two moments that put us back on track and open up a six point gap to 7th place.
We looked much more threatening in the first half hour than at any time against Cardiff on Saturday. Kemar Roofe was finding some joy and Hadi Sacko had started with intent. On top of that Pablo Hernandez was looking like a threat again, his performance on Saturday one of the few positives from the defeat to Cardiff. At the back Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson were keeping a close watch on Tammy Abraham who didn’t get a kick before a quick free kick Pablo Hernandez was turned home by Chris Wood, 22 for the season. Was it a foul? Probably but things tend to even themselves out, a stone wall hand ball in the box in the second half turned down somehow saw to that.
Hernandez got the goal he deserved from the edge of the box in the second half before Leeds sat back. David Cotterill, Lee Tomlin and Joe Bryan all caused problems but were kept out by the fantastic Rob Green. A goal with literally the last kick of the game was a bit of a damper but the bigger picture is that we got back to winning ways. For the first 60 minutes we were very good and looked like scoring goals but afterwards we sat back and invited pressure. Mo Barrow provided some attacking input but Hadi Sacko wasn’t doing the dirty work down his side and it caused some unrest in the Leeds United defence. We move on to another big game at Ipswich Town on Saturday looking to at least keep the six point gap.
Man of the Match – Rob Green – Dealt with the basic attempts on target and saved a couple that looked like certain goals at crucial times in the game.
Green – 9 – The save from the Milan Djuric with some decent time left was crucial as Bristol City were on top. Great performance.
Ayling – 6 – Thought some of the criticism was harsh. Left exposed throughout as Hadi Sacko failed him with his defensive duties and got caught in possession in bad areas. Up against a quality Joe Bryan.
Jansson – 7 – Back to winning headers and dominating most of the game. Abraham and then Taylor both struggled against him.
Bartley – 7 – Captain and a leader on the night. Good performance alongside Jansson again.
Berardi – 7 – Solid again and looking to get forward when possible.
O’Kane – 6 – Forward thinking and always had purpose. Gave the ball away a few times in the second half but always getting on the ball. Should keep his place.
Vieira – 6 – Worked very hard and got about the park. Was up against three in the middle area as Lee Tomin found room. Gave ball away easily at times but battled hard and made a big tackle on Tomlin when he was beginning to make inroads.
Sacko – 5 – Started with intent but then went back to his frustrating ways. Seemed lazy at times but still a threat.
Hernandez – 8 – Got on the ball and made things happen in the early stages but after his goals struggled to make many more chances as he faded.
Roofe – 5 – After a lively start he drifted out of the game after hitting to over the bar.
Wood – 7 – Had one chance and took it. Can’t help thinking if we gave him more opportunities we would be more comfortable in games.
Barrow – 7 – Looked very lively and got at the Bristol defence.
Phillips – 5 – Made little impact on for O’Kane
Doukara – 5 – Came on to hold the ball, wasn’t on long.