Leeds United hosted Derby County at Elland Road, and they continued to be poor in the final third as the Rams pulled off a draw with just one shot on target which came in the stoppage time. The game ended 1-1.
Derby County were second best in every department, and the Whites opened the scoring after Stuart Dallas let one shot fly and it deflected through Max Lowe and turned out to be an own goal. Derby failed to have any shots in the first 45. The Whites dominated the proceedings, but they were frustrating to watch in the final third.
Second half was more of the same to begin with, but the Whites failed to put the game to bed as they wasted some decent chances. Bamford managed to hit the post from close quarters early on in the second half. Later on, the English striker was able to win a penalty, but Mateusz Klich wasted the opportunity from 12 yards. It got a bit nervy in the end, and United’s worst nightmare came true as Derby found an equaliser through Chris Martin.
Often games like these are termed an unlucky afternoon for the dominating team, but United are making a habit of doing this as they once again failed to put the tie to bed.
Here is how they fared.
Leeds United Players Rated In Their Frustrating Draw Vs Derby County
Kiko Casilla 6
Hardly had much to do throughout the game. Couldn’t have done anything to prevent the goal.
Ben White 8
Didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the game as Jack Marriott hardly had a sniff whenever Derby tried to move forward.
Liam Cooper 8
Made some crucial blocks and interceptions as the captain was at his usual best. A commanding display once again.
Ezgjan Alioski 6
Did alright for the most parts. Moved up to play as a winger later on where he couldn’t effect the game much. Unspectacular but steady performance.
Stuart Dallas 7
Made impressive plays from the right as he put in some dangerous crosses and through balls. Played an important role in the goal. Was a bit lost in the second half.
Kalvin Phillips 7
Read the game well and moved the ball quickly from deep areas to keep United in the ascendency. A routine performance from Phillips.
Mateusz Klich 6.5
His work rate was impressive once again, and he linked up play well, especially when United were able to get the ball on the break. Should have done better with the penalty.
Jamie Shackleton 6
The young midfielder tried to use his energy and driving runs, but he wasn’t too effective. Was outmuscled on a few occasions from the much bigger and experienced Huddlestone.
Pablo Hernandez 6
Played one or two impressive through balls but apart from that, the Spaniard wasn’t at his best in the final third.
Jack Harrison 5
Another frustrating game for the English winger as he was hardly able to produce anything meaningful in the final third. Works hard but often goes on a meaningless solo run down the left which ends in a dead-end.
Patrick Bamford 6.5
Another game where he could have been a bit more clinical in the final third. Impressive with his movement and energy in the first hour. Came close to scoring as he hit the post and won a penalty. Faded as the game went on.
Barry Douglas 6
Brought fresh legs on the pitch.
Helder Costa 5.5
Made some runs but nothing too incisive in the final third.
Eddie Nketiah N/A
Wasn’t involved much after coming on.
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