Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Ayling With 7, Bamford Gets 8 | Leeds United Players Rated In Their Win Vs Preston North End

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Leeds United returned to the coveted second spot after securing a 2-0 victory at the Deepdale Stadium against Preston North End.

The West Yorkshire dominated the proceedings in the first half, but Alex Neil’s men went in level at half time. The red card to Ben Pearson so soon after the second half started definitely changed the complexion of the game. Patrick Bamford scored the opener with a thunderous attempt from 25 yards out to put his side into the lead. After the opener, Luke Ayling came close as he hit the post. The Whites did get their second which put the game to the bed. Patrick Bamford who was the scapegoat after the last game managed to redeem himself with a brace. Now it’s over to Sheffield United to match Leeds United’s result on Wednesday.

Kiko Casilla 6

Was hardly troubled throughout the game. His distribution was more or less on point. The one save he made in the first half was significant though.

Pontus Jansson 6.5

An untroubled game for the Swede in defence as Preston didn’t offer much. Won his challenges and aerial duels.

Liam Cooper 6.5

Was a breeze of a game for the captain as he wasn’t put under any sort of pressure defensively. Recycled the ball well.

Ezgjan Alioski 6

Impressive work rate but the same old story of not being able to finish off chances in the final third. The Macedonian suffered a head injury early on but carried on bravely after that.

Luke Ayling 7

Put in a big shift down the right. Worked extremely hard high up the pitch and came close to scoring. Did his defensive duties well when it was required.

Kalvin Phillips 8

Won almost all the 50-50 balls and duels in midfield. Pressed well and was positioned perfectly when the Whites didn’t have the ball. Moved the ball well when in possession.

Mateusz Klich 7

Got the best chance in the first half to open the scoring but he missed his opportunity. Looked more threatening attacking wise as he called the shots from the middle of the park.

Pablo Hernandez 6.5

Linked up play well on occasions, but it wasn’t the best of performance from the Spaniard. Nevertheless, it was enough on the day.

Tyler Roberts 6

His movement was once again sharp as he found himself in some really good positions. However, Bielsa will still like to see him come up with some final product.

Jack Harrison 6

Linked up play well with Alioski down the left flank. Worked hard but once again, the manager will be slightly disappointed with his composure (or lack of) in the final third.

Read More: Some Sheffield United Fans Mock Bamford & Preston After Leeds United Gets Comfortable Win

Patrick Bamford 8

Leeds United were having a frustrating night, but the English striker showed why the club spent big money on him in the summer. Found the back of the net with a brilliant long-range effort which calmed the nerves in the Leeds camp. A performance like this also showcases the mentality of the player as he bounced back after a poor game against Birmingham. Scored the second goal from close quarters to finish off his night with a brace.

Substitutes

Gaetano Berardi 6

Saw out the clean sheet without any fuss.

Kemar Roofe N/A

Didn’t play enough to warrant a rating.

Adam Forshaw N/A

Didn’t play enough to warrant a rating.

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