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West Ham United 2-0 Leeds United: Player ratings as Bielsa’s men falter in London again

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Leeds United fell to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham as first-half goals from the hosts were enough for the three points.

The Whites started far the brighter of the two teams at the London Stadium but VAR intervened controversially to deny Leeds what would have been a deserved opener.

An almost inevitable sucker punch followed when Jesse Lingard was tripped for a penalty.

An equally unsurprising set-piece goal for the home side out the game almost beyond doubt.

It was spirited from Leeds to keep going until the end but it was to no avail, and we once again return from the capital empty handed.

Here, we deliver our player ratings from the London Stadium…

Illan Meslier – 6

Dealt a cruel hand for both goals, did superbly to save the penalty but his parry diverted was straight to Lingard.

He was pinned from set-pieces by Michail Antonio and struggled to position, but did manage to deal with most fairly well when he could.

Luke Ayling – 5

Gave away the penalty with an unfortunate trip and struggled with marking, but he wasn’t alone in that regard.

Was one of our key threats out wide, though.

Diego Llorente – 5

He looked at sea trying to track the runs of Craig Dawson but read the game from open play well.

His passing is looking like a real asset going forward though.

Liam Cooper – 5

Not great from Cooper but not disastrous.

He did his jobs while defending and can’t really be too upset with his individual outing, looks a Premier League player still even if form dips.

Stuart Dallas – 5

Energetic and looking to break forward all the time, but it just didn’t click for him.

Kalvin Phillips – 5

Had a very tough task on his hands but kept Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals quiet throughout, except for one sensational long range effort from the latter.

What is certain is that his distribution puts us on a far better level in possession.

Helder Costa – 5

Set up the first disallowed goal with a fine cut-back and if not for the width of a knee cap, he would have had his fourth league assist.

Went silent after the first goal like so many of the team though, rightly hooked at half-time.

Tyler Roberts – 5

Much like Costa, Roberts was pulling the strings in the middle before the opener.

Did nothing to help Leeds get a foothold in the game and became a passenger after the penalty.

Mateusz Klich – 4

Barely did anything in possession and was run ragged by the dynamism of West Ham’s midfield, as well as the physicality of their two holding midfielders.

Raphinha – 6

He should have so many more assists than he has but inefficient finishing cost us again.

Patrick Bamford – 5

Just not his day.

Converted well at the near post but the cut-back to him was narrowly out of play early on.

Other than that, he didn’t threaten much aside from a skied right-footed strike late in the day.


Gjanni Alioski – 5

Quiet from the full-back.

Was asked much more of what he could create in possession than what he could do in defence, and he didn’t come up with many ideas.

Jack Harrison – 5

Similarly limp from Harrison like Alioski.

Got into a few decent areas but failed to make them count.

Rodrigo – 6

Looked to carve open the Irons in the same manner as Roberts and did try, but failed to do much in the way of chances.

Getting back to fitness, it’s to be expected that he’s not ripping defences apart just yet.

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