It sums up our day when Birmingham fans are tweeting that Leeds are the poorest team they have seen at St. Andrews this season. It ends 2017 on a low note but we have 48 hours left to think about it before we go again. No doubting that Thomas Christiansen got it wrong, but he’s still learning and even the bottom sides are capable of winning any game. Players were tired and underperformed, we learn and move on.

Ratings

Felix Wiedwald – 5 – Could and should have done better with the winning goal but he had just bailed Jansson out massively minutes before. Far to many balls went into our box, we were lucky it was only 1-0. Fault certainly doesn’t lie directly at his door today.

Luke Ayling – 5 – Didn’t think he was bad defensively today but on the ball he didn’t offer enough. Has been struggling for a few games, give the man a rest. Started every single game this season, only player to do so.

Pontus Jansson – 6 – Had a decent game but I thought his error that let in Birmingham made us more uneasy than we already were. Wiedwald bailed him out. One of the better players it has to be said.

Liam Cooper – 6 – If I’m honest not having the armband probably didn’t help him, it gives him an added responsibility and I thought he was a bit slow today. Struggled against Sam Gallagher.

Gaetano Berardi – 5 – He was exposed time and time again and despite it being a big occasion personally he will want to forget the result. Shouldn’t take away from his achievement, a great servant for the football club. Did not play well.

Conor Shaughnessy – 4 – Feel sorry for the kid. Put into a role where he hasn’t played all season, bar 15 minutes at Barnsley and expected to be up to speed against a very experienced and tough Birmingham midfield. TC said it was “logical”. It was a mistake. Wasn’t helped by experienced players not turning up all around him. Much better at centre-back despite him being a midfielder by trade.

Kalvin Phillips – 5 – He should be stepping up when Shaughnessy is struggling and for me he didn’t. Again, he’s young and the likes of Hernandez, Alioksi and Cooper were no-shows today in terms of responsibility. Subbed off for Klich, Anita was also an option alongside him.

Pawel Cibicki – 4 – Very poor today and for the second game on the bounce I feel like he didn’t want to do the hard things to establish himself in the game. We can’t carry passengers in this team and unfortunately there were six or seven today. Still learning, has the talent but can’t allow players to bully him.

Pablo Hernandez – 6 – I thought in terms of effort and players trying to get us going he was the only one in the midfield. I can accept poor performances if I think players are really trying and don’t hide, I felt like that with Pablo. Missed the chance to win us the game.

Gjanni Alioksi – 4 – Worst I’ve seen Alioksi and for me he looked like he needed a rest. Bullied from the start, awful on the ball and every time we got into promising positions he fluffed his lines with simple crossing and passing. Fantastic outlet and brilliant player, but terrible today. You can’t just keep saying “he does so much work going backwards”, he’s a player in the side to create and score goals. Rest on New Years Day for me.

Kemar Roofe – 5 – Ran and ran, showed a few good touches but feeding off scraps isn’t even a fair assessment, he fed off nothing. The creative players didn’t show up, Roofe left up front getting hoofs from the back four.

Subs

Samu Saiz – 6 – Looked like he wanted to be on the pitch more than many who had started the game. In reality, if he’s fit he should be playing.

Matty Klich – 6 – I’m delighted he was back on the bench and I thought he made us look slightly better. Hasn’t kicked a ball in months so hard to get into the swing of things. I would start him on Monday if O’Kane and Vieira aren’t fit.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 4 – Such a talented player, needs to ask himself why he is on the bench and is he doing enough in his short appearances off it. Looks so sluggish.

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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