Today was a write-off in the end. Thomas Christiansen was brutally honest and said it was a “bad game” and they need to accept they were not good enough, and he started by saying he was the first one to look at. The players and Christiansen have ben fantastic this season and we need to realise this isn’t the end of the world, and after we have discussed what went wrong, we move on as players, management and fans and bounce back against Ipswich next Saturday.
Before I start I’m keen to say that we need to stay positive, we are sat on top of the table and we are building something. Having said that when players perform I rate them very high because they deserve it, and when they are very poor I rate them based on that.
Felix Wiedwald – 6 – A mixed bag today from the German keeper. Fumbled a shot that Morison scored and was given offside and had some dodgy distribution, but also made three or four saves that kept us in the game throughout.
Luke Ayling – 5 – Captained the side today and set the tone by delaying in the corner and allowing a Millwall player to sneak up and take the ball off him. Sums up his and Leeds’ day really, and down the sides we were opened up.
Pontus Jansson – 5 – Really poor game for the standards of Jansson, like everyone. Looked like he couldn’t get out of second gear and was often found pulled wide to cover lost full-backs, and trailing the heels of the Millwall forwards and wingers.
Conor Shaugnessy – 6 – In all fairness to the young Irish defender I didn’t think he did much wrong today. He certainly didn’t improve the side and Jansson was made to look very vulnerable but in terms of doing much wrong, he wasn’t at the top of the list.
Vurnon Anita – 4 – I would say the worst of the bunch today, although more than a few were close. He simply didn’t look like he could cope with Jed Wallace. Left exposed by Pablo Hernandez but just burned time after time and never recovered. Let balls bounce and pulled out of 50-50’s. I thought Borthwick -Jackson should have started due to the game, and I can’t help think he would have been a better option today.
Kalvin Phillips – 5 – Wasn’t really in the game today but didn’t make many mistakes. Some misplaced passes but really he gets a low rating for not turning up and playing to the standards he has set himself this season.
Eunan O’Kane – 5 – For one of our most consistent players this season today was not a great day. He could get things going and often his runs into the final third were ended with him going backwards or sideways, not his fault but he didn’t shine at all.
Gjanni Alioski – 4 – Another who wasn’t at the races today but stood out for the wrong reasons. Quite simply bullied off the pitch by Millwall and that was reflected when he was hooked at half time. Quality player but not a good day.
Samu Saiz – 6 – Tried to get us going and was often in holes looking for the ball but just didn’t get given it. Didn’t make any chances, blazed one miles over in the first half. Again, quality player but just didn’t get going today at all.
Pablo Hernandez – 4 – A player who got into decent positions but didn’t find the right passes. Did try to link the play at times but left Anita exposed and was also hooked at the break. looked like he needed to be rested today. Games like that just don’t suit him.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 5 – Lasogga had no service today but didn’t do anything but lose the ball when he did have it. I was keen to see Roofe played up front today to rest the big German and his leggy look showed he wasn’t really in a shape to make the difference today. Quality again, but not today.
Kemar Roofe – 5 – Didn’t have any impact when he came on and just seemed to fit straight in with the poor display that had been going on from the start of the afternoon. Should never have been dropped after the Burton game for me.
Stuart Dallas – 7 – Dallas looked like the only player who would make something happen today and fair play to him because he was on his own. Worked very hard and deserved to be starting the game over Pablo Hernandez. Surely in line to start against Ipswich next weekend.
Jay-Roy Grot – 5 – Wasn’t on long but did little to impress. Gave the ball away most times he got it.