Bamford Gets 7.5, Costa With 5.5 | Leeds United Players Rated In Their Defeat Vs Fulham

A shocking 3-3 draw against Cardiff City cost Leeds United their top of the table spot in the Championship standings. The Whites had a sterner test this afternoon when they travelled to West London to lock horns with Fulham at Craven Cottage. Three successive defeats against Bristol City, Preston North End and Brentford put Scott Parker under pressure ahead of the tie. But the Lilywhites turned things around this time as they humbled Marcelo Bielsa’s men clinching a 2-1 victory.

Below are the Leeds United players rated in their disappointing defeat against Fulham.

Kiko Casilla: 6

The custodian was unlucky to concede from the spot in the early minutes. Made a majestic save to deny Ivan Cavaleiro around the hour mark but could not prevent his side from a defeat when Joshua Onomah smashed home to restore the lead.

Luke Ayling: 7

Worked hard down the right-hand side of the pitch. Did well to contain Bobby Reid and kept on making marauding forward runs with long balls and timely crosses. Kept on winning duels and made some key recoveries before being taken off to be replaced by youngster Jordan Stevens.

Ben White: 6

Has been key to Leeds’ composure and discipline at the back. However, he conceded a penalty in early minutes after fouling Reid inside the box. It was a bit harsh from the official, but the young Brighton & Hove Albion loanee could not showcase his dominance when Onomah found the net around the 69th-minute mark. His tackles and interceptions were top-notch, yet struggled physically against Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Liam Cooper: 6.5

The skipper returned to action replacing Gaetano Berardi. Mostly played long balls out from the back and was well-positioned to deal with the pressure. Looked a bit nervy aerially while defending set-pieces.

Stuart Dallas: 7

Started as a left fullback but shifted in central midfield following Pablo Hernandez’s injury exit in the early minutes of the match. Had a couple of attempts on goal, missed a big opportunity and got denied by Marek Rodak in Fulham goal who was exceptional all throughout.

Kalvin Phillips: 6.5

Was not as effective as he usually has been while operating from his deep-lying role. His tackles were rusty and struggled to break down the opponents’ moves at times. Tried to convert defence into attacking threats, but lacked the cutting edge high up the pitch.

Helder Costa: 5.5

Had a lively start, tested Rodak once but faded off gradually. Was taken off at half-time as the gaffer opted to alter the strategy and bring in Eddie Nketiah to go two up top.

Pablo Hernandez: NA

His game ended in early minutes when an injury forced him to leave the pitch to make way for Ezgjan Alioski.

Mateusz Klich: 7

Worked hard to win back possession and create opportunities in the attacking third. Linked up well with Jack Harrison and hit the woodwork once midway through the first half. Had a couple of successful dribbles but got dispossessed a few times and lost several duels in the middle of the park.

Jack Harrison: 7

Had a lively game from the left flank as he kept on creating chances with his smart one-twos, cut insides and crosses. Failed to impose a firm grip on the game though as he struggled to maintain the momentum late in the match.

Patrick Bamford: 7.5

Came close to scoring on a number of occasions and made no mistake in finding the net when Rodak failed to palm away Nketiah’s strike properly. His 10th goal of the season went in vain though when Onomah smashed home 15 minutes later.

Substitutes

Ezgjan Alioski: 7

Was lively since entering the pitch and kept on running tirelessly using the width of the pitch.

Eddie Nketiah: 7

Had a massive impact off the bench as he played a key role in Bamford’s goal.

Jordan Stevens: 6

Came in place of Ayling to inject freshness and pace in attack.

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