That makes it three wins, a draw and a defeat since the international break, you can’t complain at that at all. In fact if it wasn’t for a very good strike by Henri Lansbury against Villa it would have been four wins from five. The performances have been so much better, the first half was poor today but the second was very good. It isn’t hard to pick a man of the match today either.
Felix Wiedwald – 5 – It has to be a low rating because his mistake was that bad, however. The save less than a minute later was brilliant and if you find out about characters when they make big mistakes, we have just seen some of his character.
Luke Ayling – 7 – Played well and didn’t do anything wrong defensively, the threat was more coming down the other side. Did well going forward and was a key part in the second goal, slipping it wide to Cibicki who delivered a very good cross.
Pontus Jansson – 8 – Jansson was very, very good today. To be fair to Cooper as well his performances help Jansson out, and today they were very good. His ability to defend between the two posts in the entire area is incredible and times.
Liam Cooper – 7 – As I said in the pre-match XI I think Cooper has to lift his game back up for a variety of reasons. The chance to break into the Scottish national team is one, the fact he is the captain of the club is another and the final one is simply that we know he’s better than what he has been, as the start of the season showed.
Gaetano Berardi – 6 – Made a few good interceptions when Queens Park Rangers tried to hit us on the counter attack but in the first half I thought he was exposed hugely and was often caught narrow, with the home side having the freedom of our left hand side, constantly getting in and finding crosses.
Ronaldo Vieira – 8 – Started the game a bit slow and Kalvin Phillips was non-existent as Queens Park Rangers dominated, but it was Vieira who got us a foothold in the game in the second, and he ended up dominating the middle of the park.
Kalvin Phillips – 6 – Wasn’t at his best today and was helped into the game by the drive and desire of Ronaldo Vieira who steadied the ship. Began to win the ball and pick up second balls, but overall nothing really to report on today.
Gjanni Alioski – 7 – Has been so much better since he came back from the international break. Frustrating at times with his end product but picked out a beautiful cross for the opener. worked very hard and began to become an outlet as the game went on.
Samu Saiz – 6 – Remarkably we have found out in the last couple of games he is human. Really not up to his own standard today again but all is forgiven of course, still our most important player.
Kemar Roofe – 9 – #PASMOM – The man of the moment tonight and boy has he had to work for it. Every time he plays up front he does well but gets dropped for others. A brilliant display when he led the line today and scored three very good and different goals.
Caleb Ekuban – N/A – Looks like he’s broken his foot again, horrible news. A speedy recovery hopefully.
Pawel Cibicki – 7 – When you look at Jay-Roy Grot and what he has looked like when he’s played you don’t have much to go on. However Cibicki showed glimpses of quality and link-up play today. A wonderful cross for the second goal, could well have just kicked off his Leeds United career in that moment.
Eunan O’Kane – 5
Matthew Pennington – 5