A scrappy affair where Bolton did their best to stop Leeds finding their rhythm. Nonetheless, Leeds were lifted by Bamford’s introduction and once we took the lead it was never in doubt.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell: Lucky at times, including one little bit of showboating where he had to end up sending it to row Z but tested he was not. 5/10
Jamie Shackleton: Another assured performance, created some nice plays for Alioski and not afraid to break into the middle of the park. Bullied players twice his size and a hundred times his experience. Injury crisis? what crisis? 7/10
Kalvin Phillips: Another difficult day at the office for Kalvin in the make-shift centre-back role, given the lack of an Bolton offensive threat it might be asked why Halme wasn’t started so KP could shift up? That said, his contribution to higher phases was decent and this is by no means a bad run of form. 6/10
Pontus Jansson: A very aerial attacking tactic from Bolton provided challenge but none too great for Pontus, who carries the weight of unnatural defenders in his defensive line. All things considered, good stuff. 7/10
Barry Douglas: Defensively a few nervy moments but his contribution going forward can’t be disputed. We might just need a bit more from him at the back against better opposition. However, his shining moment of this game will be his header off the line towards the close. 5/10
Lewis Baker: Tendency to lose the ball in some dangerous positions and rightly hooked at half-time. Maybe not the best candidate to fill a Saiz-shaped hole. 3/10
Adam Forshaw: Utilised in the holding role and an improvement on previous weeks. Few nice bits of defending too. Put Kalvin in a difficult situation with a limp ball into the box in the 80th. 7/10
Mateusz Klich: Dragged the ball up field well and is able to find the wingers and central attacking midfielders confidently. Also we’ve all cursed his goal-scoring abilities with this chant, though nice to see someone have an effort from range. 6/10
Pablo Hernandez: Not golden Pablo unfortunately, but a great through ball to Bamford and some other nice bits of play once Leeds got comfortable. 6/10
Ezgjan Alioski: A classic Alioski display, he works and works and thank god he does. But what comes of it? 6/10
Kemar Roofe: Quiet game, not through fault of his own. Did try to get stuck in when given the chance, but chances were few and far between. Better service required. 6/10
*Jack Clarke: Another second-half introduction and finally brought someone into the game with the ability to just pick the ball up and carry it forward 20 yards. Fruitful for the goal, played into Hernandez. Big part of his game is taking the ball to the line when crossing, the value of this is so underrated. 7/10
*Patrick Bamford: Cooly slotted away Pablo’s ball, celebrated with the bench. Heartwarming on a cold, cold day. Looks hungry, wants to get involved. Provided a big lift to the side upon his introduction. 8/10
*Aapo Halme: Just shy of a cameo.