Given the side that was put out we coped quite well against an Aston Villa side that clearly weren’t at their best, and lucky for us. The first-half was, as ever shocking. We did get into areas of the pitch to cause problems on the counter attack but we made the wrong decision every single time.

Ratings

Baily Peacock-Farrell – 9 – #PASMOM – ANOTHER quality performance, why shouldn’t he be the number one next season after this? Heckingbottom’s one positive move since arriving at the club.

Stuart Dallas – 6 – Did okay defensively but caught out by balls inside him a few times, simply not a right-back.

Paudie O’Connor – 7 – Looked good again and certainly not out of place. Villa didn’t batter us by any means, they had some chances but it wasn’t a case of rolling us over and a lot of that comes down to the defence, O’Connor the better of the two centre-backs.

Matthew Pennington – 5 – Occasionally makes a quality last-ditch tackle which we saw last night but he was at fault for the goal and was shaky at times.

Tom Pearce – 8 – Very impressed with Pearce last night. I’m certainly not one to praise players simply because they are academy graduates but I thought Pearce was the best outfield player in a Leeds shirt, the stats back that up.

Ronaldo Vieira – 6 – In spells was good, did drive forward with the ball and win a fair amount of tackles but the midfield wasn’t really ever in control because when we did get the ball into the final third it came straight back.

Kalvin Phillips – 5 – Got on the ball more as the game went on but we need midfield runners and he didn’t give us that last night.

Gjanni Alioksi – 4 – Wrong decision after wrong decision. Defensively worked very hard.

Pablo Hernandez – 5 – Going forward we made the wrong decision every single time and Hernandez was one of the main culprits. Kept going until the end.

Kemar Roofe – 4 – Struggled to get into the game, made some good runs but nobody passed the ball when he did.

Caleb Ekuban – 3 – I don’t really know where we go with our strikers, Lasogga was just as poor when he came on.

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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