Cardiff City 0 Leeds United 2: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 2-0 win against Cardiff City in south Wales. Do you agree with his choices?

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Chris Wood celebrates his penalty which put United in front. Picture Tony Johnson.

Chris Wood celebrates his penalty which put United in front. Picture Tony Johnson.

His fingertips kept out Connolly’s header and in between a few shaky moments, he needed the woodwork to help him. 6/10

Luke Ayling

Dealt much better with the pace that Cardiff possessed and also offered more of an outlet going forward than Charlie Taylor on the left. 7/10

Kyle Bartley

Sadly for him, all eyes are going to fall on the imperious Jansson. But Bartley played well and led the team in Liam Bridcutt’s absence. 7/10

Pontus Jansson

Rapidly becoming a favourite of the crowd. Reads crosses into the box so well and cleared so much of what Cardiff threw at United. 9/10

Charlie Taylor

Very withdrawn in the first half and didn’t really get beyond halfway. Better in the second without being at his best. 6/10

Eunan O’Kane

Looks slightly rusty but knows how to control a game and was able to dictate the pace once Leeds got themselves ahead. 7/10

Ronaldo Vieira

Much better than his last outing at Forest - more dominant, more disciplined and gradually outworked Cardiff’s mediocre midfield. 7/10

Hadi Sacko

Not everything he tried came off but he refused to back away and City grew tired of him. 7/10

Pablo Hernandez

His best game so far; busy and aggressive in an attacking sense. His finish was that of a quality footballer. 8/10

Stuart Dallas

The left hand side of Monk’s team wasn’t as effective as the right but Dallas worked hard enough to justify his inclusion. 6/10

Chris Wood

Might have scored in the first half, did score in the second and little by little his goals are creeping up. So should his confidence. 7/10

Substitutes:

Kemar Roofe (for Dallas, 71) - Helped to take the game to Cardiff at 1-0 and ensured that Leeds weren’t tempted to sit back. 6/10

Kalvin Phillips (for Hernandez, 89) - The easiest of appearances, with City already beaten. 5/10

Marcus Antonsson (for Wood, 90) - Came on with literally seconds to go. 5/10

Subs (not used): Marco Silvestri, Liam Cooper, Alex Mowatt, Lewie Coyle.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) - In Leeds’ eyes, the penalty almost redeemed his display but he had a very iffy afternoon. 4/10

Attendance: 16,608

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Cardiff City:

Ben Amos - 6

Lee Peltier - 5

Sean Morrison - 5

Matthew Connolly - 5

Jazz Richards - 6

Aron Gunnarsson - 6

Anthony Pilkington - 4

Peter Whittingham - 5

Joe Ralls - 5

Craig Noone - 5

Rickie Lambert - 5

Substitutes:

Kadeem Harris (for Ralls, 70) - 5

Frederic Gounongbe (for Connolly, 84) - 5

Lex Immers (for Pilkington, 89) - 5

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