Leeds United entertained Watford at Elland Road earlier today as they hoped to grab maximum points at home. The Whites made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 18th minute courtesy of Diego Llorente’s excellent finish. Marcelo Bielsa’s men kept a good shape at the back and went into the half-time break with a one-goal lead.
Both teams canceled each other out in the second half as the match ended with the West Yorkshire outfit grinding out a 1-0 victory in front of their home supporters.
Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player fared during the clash against the Hornets.
GK: Illan Meslier – 6.5/10
The Whites goalie pulled off one save in the game and secured an easy clean sheet today.
RB: Jamie Shackleton – 7/10
Shackleton made some strong tackles and didn’t take too many risks when clearing his lines at the back.
CB: Diego Llorente – 7.5/10
Llorente gave his team the lead with a great finish in the 18th minute. He defended with conviction inside his half and has also got a clean sheet to show for his efforts.
CB: Liam Cooper – 7/10
He maintained a solid defensive shape inside his half and did enough to restrict the opposition from scoring.
LB: Junior Firpo – 7.5/10
The Spaniard kept a good shape at the back and made a couple of key chances for his teammates to score.
CDM: Kalvin Phillips – 7/10
Phillips made a couple of good tackles but struggled to get a foothold in the game at times during the game.
RM: Raphinha – 7/10
The Brazilian winger had plenty of chances to find the back of the net but didn’t have his shooting boots on today.
CM: Stuart Dallas – 7/10
Dallas was a constant threat in the Watford half and even made two key chances in the final third.
CM: Mateusz Klich – 7/10
Klich was always willing to get forward and join in on the attack. However, he didn’t do enough to get his name on the scoresheet.
LM: Daniel James – 6/10
The ex-Manchester United winger flattered to deceive with his performance in the opponent’s half.
ST: Rodrigo – 7/10
The Spanish striker engineered a few promising openings for others around him but there was no goal for him today.
ST: Tyler Roberts – 6.5/10
Roberts had a couple of shots after coming off the bench.
CB: Pascal Struijk – N/A
He hardly had any time to make an impact in the game.