A very big game last night and one that ended with a fair result. I don’t think fans will have too many complaints about what they saw, a dominant first half from Leeds followed by Aston Villa coming out like a side in the top four in the second. On another night we could have got the second but fine margins cost us and a goal that couldn’t really be stopped meant the spoils were shared.

Ratings

Felix Wiedwald – 7 – Could do nothing to stop the goal from Henri Lansbury, a striker that bashed the inside of the post, precision at its finest. His distribution was very good, picking out passes to the likes of Ayling and Berardi rather than roofing the ball every time. Didn’t look shaky from set-pieces, his spell out of the side seems to have fired him up.

RB – Luke Ayling – 7 – I saw a lot of criticism for Ayling last night but for me it wasn’t justified. Before the international break I thought he was arguably our worst performer but I don’t feel that way at the moment. He made one error, mistiming a tackle and letting Adomah in but given the winger is one of the most in-form players in the league I thought Ayling dealt with him.

Pontus Jansson – 8 – The only time he wasn’t in position was when he went flying into a tackle that he won, it bounced to the feet of Lansbury who drilled it home. Great header for the goal, especially given that he was being marked by Chris Samba all night. Dealt with the front three of Villa with ease.

Liam Cooper – 7 – Had a good game defensively and didn’t really look under much pressure at any time. Won his headers, needs to be better with his long passing as we discuss on a weekly basis or simply just cut it out. Decent game.

Gaetano Berardi – 6 – Defensively sound, up against Snodgrass who really didn’t like the physical side of Berardi and was clearly frustrated by his lack of space. What I will say is that he has to work on his passing and composure on the ball. When we needed to keep the ball at the end he just launched it out of play.

Ronaldo Vieira – 8 – #PASMOM – Dominated the first-half alongside Kalvin Phillips and was everywhere throughout the game. Towards the end the pressure was on but he kept everyone going and a huge tackle from him on Hutton set the tone for the last few minutes. 19 years old, incredible.

Kalvin Phillips – 7 – Was really up for this one and put in some huge tackles in the first half. It really set the tone for the others to get about Villa and two players who normally control games were left wondering how to get started, Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane. Didn’t get on ball much but Vieira was doing plenty of that anyway.

Gjanni Alioski – 6 – Worked very hard to protect Ayling with the pace of Albert Adomah but couldn’t really get into his swing going forward. Struggled to get the better of Neil Taylor who had a very good game to be fair. Certainly didn’t play poor.

Samu Saiz – 5 –  He is human after all. His first poor game for Leeds, and it doesn’t really matter, we know how good he is and he’s carried us at times this season. Nothing worked for him last night. One of the best players I have seen at Leeds in over a decade.

Pablo Hernandez – 7 – Was having a good game until he went off injured, linking well and coming inside to create room for others.

Caleb Ekuban – 7 – Really love what Ekuban is all about. Powerful, quick and works so hard. His movement caused all sorts of problems for Samba and Chester who were forced to run the channels and rarely get their first. Didn’t give them a minutes peace.

Subs

Kemar Roofe – 6

Hadi Sacko – 5

Jay-Roy Grot – N/A

 

About Author

Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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