Leeds United travelled to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough in a midweek clash, and they managed another 1-0 win to consolidate their position on the second spot.
The Whites started well, but Boro did carry a threat on the counter. Bamford had one brilliant chance after Ayling set him up with a cross, but the English striker’s header at goal was too weak. United took the lead just before half time. Hernandez’s initial effort hit the post, but United kept the attack alive, and Klich finished well.
Middlesbrough came close to the equaliser as Tavernier’s attempt hit the bar in the second half. Leeds United had the chance to bury the game, but they were unable to take them. After some heart in mouth stuff, the Whites eventually kept another clean sheet to win their third game in a row by one goal to nil.
Here is how Bielsa’s men fared.
Leeds United Players Rated In Their Narrow Win Vs Middlesbrough
Kiko Casilla 6
Wasn’t really stretched much even though Middlesbrough had some decent chances. Did his job well in terms of distribution.
Stuart Dallas 7
Has been one of the most consistent players this season and once again put in a sizeable shift. Helped his side in attack and did his defensive duties well. Played with his usual energy.
Liam Cooper 8
Played like a leader in defence, especially in the second half when the game became a bit frantic. Was a dominating force in the air.
Gaetano Berardi 7
Was strong and committed in his challenges. Filled in well in the centre back position.
Luke Ayling 6
Set up some good chances while going forward and should have had an assist if not for some poor finishing. Was troubled defensively as he was getting caught high up the pitch.
Ben White 6
Was getting caught out of position as he failed to protect the Leeds backline during the transition phase. Not the worst of games as he did alright, but Phillips was undoubtedly missed in defensive midfield.
Jack Harrison 6
Had a mixed game as he was involved in some promising moves but once again could do better with his decision making in the final third. Needs to move the ball a bit quickly instead of holding it for long.
Pablo Hernandez 6
Played a part in the goal but had an average game overall. Seemed to be out of energy and his first touch let him down on a few occasions.
Mateusz Klich 8
Finishing has been United’s weakness this season, but the Polish midfielder took his chance well from a tight angle. Was clever with his movement and worked hard in the middle.
Helder Costa 5
Failed to create any meaningful attack. Misplaced a few passes. Linked up play well on occasions but nothing too effective in the final third.
Patrick Bamford 4
Continues to lack the killer instinct in front of goal as he missed some good chances. Lucky that it didn’t cost United in the end, but Bamford’s form is once again a concern for the Whites.
Jamie Shackleton 5
Provided fresh legs on the pitch.
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