A tough game faced us at Elland Road today against another one of the early season high flyers and we came through it after some backs against the wall stuff along with some very good footballing spells. Overall we deserved the win and some players really stepped up and produced the goods for us. Some quality players were left out of the side and squad and the question is whether those that were on did enough to keep their place come Tuesday night.
Felix Wiedwald – 7 – At fault for the second goal without a doubt but he did a lot more good than bad today. Came racing off his line to show his sweeper-keeper ability in the first-half and was good with balls into the box. The second he needs to get that away from goal rather than into such a dangerous area.
Luke Ayling – 8 – I thought Ayling was one of the best players on the park today. Solid at the back and very good at linking up going forwards. In terms of consistency he has been quality this season and today he showed experience and hunger to get the result.
Conor Shaughnessy – 7 – If you haven’t seen the gaols today then you need to watch the pass from this kid for the opening goal. I can honestly say that it will be one of the best you will see all season. Top, top vision and Lasogga did the rest. Stood up well to a physical Ipswich side. Impressive display.
Liam Cooper – 7 – Started again where he left off. Did very well in reading the game against Joe Garner who I had singled out before the game. Not the best technical striker but loves to throw his weight about and Cooper did well to stand his ground throughout.
Vurnon Anita – 6 – Steady today and yet again went off injured. He really struggles with whatever issue he has that keeps on re-occurring and it needs sorting. Apart from that he did well, didn’t do much going forward but that clearly isn’t his game.
Eunan O’Kane – 6 – Up and down day for O’Kane, he did the basic stuff wrong at times, putting the ball out for a corner and throw, just rushing but then did some very good work tackling and covering. Certainly not at his best but a committed performance.
Kalvin Phillips – 8 – #PASMOM – I thought Phillips was brilliant today just in terms of having the engine to keep putting himself about and getting between players and the goal. He worked so hard and yet again came up with the goods to net such an important goal at such an important time.
Gjanni Alioski – 6 – In terms of workrate he is second to none. At one stage he had a shot on the left hand corner of the box, and ran past three Leeds shirts on his way back to stop an attack down his side. End ball was shocking today, has to be said but gets into the right positions time and time again. End ball has to be better.
Samu Saiz – 6 – A little but quiet today and should have had at least one goal, just seemed to take to long rather than just sweeping it home. Set up Phillips with a clever header to play him in and showed class at times but found it hard to find space.
Pablo Hernandez – 7 – I thought Hernandez played decent today and was the most lively of the three in behind Lasogga. Played some nice passes and nearly set up Saiz but as above Saiz was indecisive and couldn’t take the chance. Had drifted out of the game before he was subbed.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 8 – What stood out for me today was how many times he made a movement and wasn’t found. Very intelligent and wants the ball quickly into the channels. A quality run off the defence and finish for his goal but worked himself out of the game by the time he went off.
Gaetano Berardi – 6
Stuart Dallas – 6
Jay-Roy Grot – 5