If we’re honest we are extremely lucky to get away with three points today. Hull dominated the game from the start until the late stages before almost giving up and allowing the game to get scrappy. They had numerous chances and on another day we would have been three down before the break. On a huge positive, its play-offs for us until after Christmas and another win, three in a row and two clean sheets in a row.
Felix Wiedwald – 9 – #PASMOM – Two clean sheets on the bounce after the mistake at Queens Park Rangers and two games where he has come up trumps with important saves. Today he had two brilliant saves in the first ten minutes, and was in charge of his defenders. Best I’ve seen him in a Leeds shirt. The fact he’s my man of the match tells the story.
Luke Ayling – 4 – I can’t give him a good rating because I like him and he’s a fan favourite, he was taken to the cleaners today. In all fairness he did get better as the game went on but Kamil Grosiski destroyed him, and the threat came from that side in waves.
Pontus Jansson – 7 – The defence seemed all over in the early stages but it felt like that was due to Ayling having a nightmare, Jansson and Cooper stood tall and made some crucial clearances. The pressure was piled on the defence today, they kept the clean sheet by hook or by crook. Jansson a pillar in the Leeds defence once again.
Liam Cooper – 7 – Basically the same as Jansson today. Cooper had it tough as Jansson was covering Ayling for large spells, Berardi tucked in and helped the skipper out. Didn’t put a foot wrong and was getting his head to everything towards the end.
Gaetano Berardi – 7 – I thought Berardi was very good today. Bowen came off the bench and barely had a sniff. Grosiski came over but had little change from the Swiss full-back and ended up out of the game which was strange given his torment of Ayling down the other flank. Best I’ve seen him in a while.
Ronaldo Vieira – 7 – Brilliant off the ball today but struggled to get on it. The absence of Samu Saiz didn’t help the team despite some poor form and Vieira was left to carry the midfield at times, both Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane very poor in each half. The only midfield player to really cement a place at the moment.
Kalvin Phillips – 5 – The midfield battle was intense and Phillips just couldn’t get into it at all. Lost the ball on a few occasions and couldn’t get forward to make things happen.
Pawel Cibicki – 7 – Linking up he was good and when he got the ball he was direct. What a like about him is the confidence. Very good from dead balls and isn’t afraid to take players on or hit an early cross if it’s on. A good start to life in the first-team. Three appearances, three wins.
Pablo Hernandez – 7 – I didn’t think he was great today but he kept getting on the ball. Without Saiz he didn’t have that player to take the pressure off him. His goal was sublime, one of the best finishes I have seen at Elland Road. Match winner.
Gjanni Alioski – 6 – One of his quieter games for a while. He didn’t do much against Norwich last week and it was the same today. Luke Ayling was roaring at him in the second half, what was happening down that side was their responsibility and Ayling clearly wasn’t happy with his protection. Didn’t do much going forward.
Kemar Roofe – 5 – Had no service for the second game on the bounce. Didn’t really get into the game at all and wasn’t helped by the fact we were under pressure and we kept putting the ball long. Tough day for him. Did pressure McGregor into the poor clearance for the goal.
Eunan O’Kane – 5 – Didn’t help Vieira much. Couldn’t really get on ball. Did look good the few times he did though.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 5
Matthew Pennington – N/A