Leeds United faced off against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium earlier today as they looked to grab all three points on their travels. The Whites made a poor start to the game and gave away a penalty in the 14th minute which Pascal Groß scored to give the Seagulls the lead. The home team sat on their narrow advantage well and went into the half-time interval one goal to the good.
Danny Welbeck finally made the points secure in the 79th minute when he found the back of the net with a great finish. The match ended with Marcelo Bielsa’s men suffering a 2-0 loss in the Premier League.
Let’s take a look at how each Leeds player fared during the clash against the Seagulls.
GK: Illan Meslier – 6/10
Meslier made some solid stops but still ended up conceding a goal in each half. He was also a bit sloppy when distributing the ball.
RB: Luke Ayling – 6/10
The English defender got stuck in with some tackles and made two good runs down the right flank. However, he could have offered more in the final third.
CB: Diego Llorente – 6/10
The Spaniard made a few important clearances at the back and was lively on the ball as well. However, he won’t be pleased after failing to keep a clean sheet in the first half.
CB: Pascal Struijk – 6.5/10
Struijk tried his best to keep things solid on the defensive end of the field. He was also a threat at the other end of the field.
LB: Ezgjan Alioski – 4/10
Alioski gave away a costly penalty which Gross successfully converted to put Brighton ahead in the game. He got substituted at half-time.
CDM: Robin Koch – 7/10
The German talent managed to make life difficult for the Seagulls and was a one-man wrecking crew in the middle of the park. He broke down a lot of Brighton’s attacks and was Bielsa’s best player on the field today.
RM: Stuart Dallas – 6/10
He made a couple of decent chances in the attacking end of the pitch but was far from convincing in midfield.
CM: Mateusz Klich – 6/10
Klich came back to defend when needed but offered very little going forward. It was not the best day at the office for him.
CM: Tyler Roberts – 6/10
The Welsh playmaker had a couple of bright moments in the opponent’s half but could have done more to influence the game in and around the Brighton penalty area.
LM: Jack Harrison – 6.5/10
Harrison was Leeds’ best hope for a goal today. He made some encouraging runs in the final third but lacked the cutting edge in front of the opposition goal.
ST: Patrick Bamford – 5.5/10
He struggled to influence the game and got subbed just before the hour mark.
CAM: Ian Poveda-Ocampo – 6/10
He hardly got a sniff at goal.
ST: Rodrigo – 6/10
The Spaniard wasted a couple of opportunities to find the back of the net.
CAM: Pablo Hernandez – 6/10
He completed a couple of dribbles but never looked like he had a goal in him.