An average game and average performance to go with it. No Wembley dreams this year apparently but won’t be quite the shock that Newport or Sutton, for that matter, was. Leeds struggled to get their teeth in consistently and were beaten by two set pieces. Not one for records.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell: A more commanding game from BPF. Some nice saves and willing to make himself an option for a pass. Not much he could do about either goal. 7.5/10.
Jamie Shackleton: A key player. Some outstanding overlapping and combination play, and has begun to make darting runs up the wing but also into central positions. Shack making big claims to start at right-back against Derby. 7/10.
Aapo Halme: Not too convincing defensively and we may have learnt that Bielsa’s apprehension to use him regularly is because he’s not as strong a ball player as Kalvin. However, the scorer of the equalising goal and a real strikers sense to sniff that one out. Taken off at half time as he was on a yellow. 6/10.
Luke Ayling: The right decision to play him today, it seems the more game time he gets the better, not into a high gear just yet. 5.5/10
Leif Davis: Unfortunately conceded the foul that led to the penalty, an inexperienced tackle but one that even the best may commit. Could have done a better job marking for their 2nd but was ultimately beaten by a taller and stronger player. 5/10.
Adam Forshaw: A mixed game, some clumsy episodes where he lost possession but then also found some nice balls and created chances. 6/10.
Jack Clarke: Interesting to see him not as an ‘impact sub’, going against a defence that wasn’t stretched is always going to be harder but did show glimpses of his quality for sure. 6/10.
Lewis Baker: Difficult game. Gave the ball away a couple of times and a few wayward passes that invited pressure. Not making a great case for a first-team start. 4/10.
Tyler Roberts: A man on a mission. Looking to get involve and spearhead the attack in the first half, will definitely be involved more from here on in. 7/10.
Ezgjan Alioski: Threatening from both sides, making the right decisions and antagonised their defence. 7/10.
Jack Harrison: A less than outstanding first half, struggled to make his mark. Grew into the game a bit but could have done a lot better. 5/10.
*Tom Pearce: Seemed to be adept with ‘the system’ they’re going for, decent on the ball. Would like to see more of him but taken off not long after coming on strangely. Cameo. 6/10.
*Kun Temenuzhkov: Good presser, no real chances or impact. 5/10.
*Clarke Odour: Another debutant. Did what was asked of him and could be one to watch. 6/10.