Huddersfield Town 2 Leeds United 1: YEP player ratings

Pablo Hernandez tackles Michael Hefele.
Pablo Hernandez tackles Michael Hefele.
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LEEDS United were edged out 2-1 by Huddersfield Town in the West Yorkshire derby. Here’s how Phil Hay rated the players.

Leeds United:

Rob Green - Equal to some big Huddersfield chances in the first half and wasn’t helped by a defence who allowed Town in at close range too often. 7/10

Luke Ayling - Pace is the one thing that consistently gets to Ayling and Wagner’s side had enough of it to unsettle him. An early booking didn’t help. 5/10

Kyle Bartley - Involved in Wood’s goal and had the added difficulty of dealing with an unusual off day from Jansson. But not his usual self. 6/10

Pontus Jansson - Credit to Quaner for taking United’s centre-backs a long way out of their comfort zone. Jansson has rarely struggled to this extent. 5/10

Gaetano Berardi - As combative as ever but was guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous areas and couldn’t shut Kachunga down. 5/10

Liam Bridcutt - There was no lack of fight from Monk’s midfield but it felt at times as if their graft was being wasted. Little by little, Town’s dominance told. 6/10

Ronaldo Vieira - Very competitive in certain periods but second-best in others as the derby ebbed and flowed. Town’s intensity refused to dropped. 5/10

Souleymane Doukara - No serious attacking threat from him and his defensive work wasn’t great either. Pedraza looked like twice the winger, if not more. 4/10

Pablo Hernandez - Tried his best to dictate the tempo but Huddersfield gave him no peace and he ran out of energy. His set-pieces were less reliable than usual. 5/10

Stuart Dallas - You were hoping he would kick on after his goal at Blackburn but there were only brief moments when Huddersfield had to worry about him. 5/10

Chris Wood - As ever, came up with the goal but found himself a long way out on a limb and wasn’t able to hold the ball up consistently. 6/10

Substitutes:

Alfonso Pedraza (for Doukara, 61) - Enough in this cameo to suggest that Leeds have a player. Came close to a goal and produced a couple of clever, jinking runs. 6/10

Mo Barrow (for Dallas, 76) - A substitute designed to win the game but never got on the ball and his foul preceded Hefele’s winning goal. 5/10

Eunan O’Kane (for Hernandez, 83) - Monk must have hoped that O’Kane would at least secure a point but he couldn’t stop Huddersfield pressing. 5/10

Subs (not used): Marco Silvestri, Lewie Coyle, Marcus Antonsson, Liam Cooper.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire) - A very hard game to officiate and by no means was Hooper’s reading of it perfect. 5/10

Attendance: 22,400

Huddersfield Town:

Danny Ward - 6

Tommy Smith - 7

Chris Schindler - 7

Michael Hefele - 8

Chris Lowe - 6

Jonathan Hogg - 7

Aaron Mooy - 7

Elias Kachunga - 7

Kasey Palmer - 5

Rajiv van La Parra - 6

Collin Quaner - 7

Substitutes:

Izzy Brown (for Palmer, 25) - 8

Joe Lolley (for van La Parra, 65) - 6

Nahki Wells (for Quaner, 66) - 5

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