After four winless league games, Leeds United managed to bag all three points against Barnsley earlier today at the Elland Road. Tom Pearce gave Whites the lead early in the first-half, which was cancelled by Paudie O’Connor’s own goal before the interval.
However, Ezgjan Alioski restored the lead of Paul Heckingbottom’s side and eventually, his goal proved to be the difference between both the sides.
Here is how we rate Leeds United’s player for their win against Jose Morais’ entourage.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell: 7/10
It was a confident outing by the custodian who looked calm and composed under the ball. Although he wasn’t tested much but made a stupendous save just before the break to deny the visitors from taking the lead.
Matthew Pennington: 6/10
Pennington was played out of his position as he operated from the right-back. He might not have been able to gallop forward too often but he was decent in catering to his defensive duties.
Pontus Jansson: 7/10
Apart from being a party at fault in conceding the goal, Jansson looked pretty stable at the back. He made tackles, interceptions and blocks on a regular basis to save the blushes of his side.
Paudie O’Connor: 7/10
O’Connor had a good outing except for the own goal that he conceded. He was on his toes almost every time and definitely made his presence felt.
Tom Pearce: 8/10
The dazzling youngster dazzled whilst marauding forward and scored a goal. Besides, he kept threatening the back line of the Morais’ side and hardly put a foot wrong in the game.
Kalvin Phillips: 7/10
Phillips put in a lot of toils and tried his bit to dictate the tempo of the game from the middle of the park.
Ronaldo Vieira: 6/10
The 19-year-old did tackle well at times but his passing was absolutely below par. He certainly needs to enhance the quality of operating the ball when it is at his feet.
Ezgjan Alioski: 6/10
Alioski found the back of the net from Kemar Roofe’s cross but he was wasteful on many occasions. He also missed a sitter in the early stages of the game.
Samuel Saiz: 4/10
He had a forgettable outing in front of the home fans of the Peacocks. Not only did he fail to be a threatening commodity in the final third but he tried to claim almost every touch on him as a foul.
Pablo Hernandez: 5/10
The Spaniard didn’t manoeuvre a notable outing. He was hardly effective throughout the game and wasn’t really involved in the attacking endeavours of his side.
Kemar Roofe: 7/10
Roofe took his time to settle but once he did, he was relentless and showed good movements on and off the ball. His pace made it difficult for Barnsley’s attackers to mark him.
Caleb Ekuban: 6/10
He did his basics right after replacing Alioski with around 20 minutes left to play.
Adam Forshaw: NA
The former Middlesbrough midfielder replaced Saiz late in the second-half.