Leeds United 1 Birmingham City 2: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 2-1 defeat against Birmingham City. Do you agree with his choices?

Rob Green

Luke Ayling is challenged by Jonathan Grounds. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Luke Ayling is challenged by Jonathan Grounds. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Did what he could with Birmingham’s opener but had absolutely no chance with the second. The energy of the first half had evaporated by then. 6/10

Luke Ayling

On a disappointing day, a promising debut from a right-back who will put Gaetano Berardi’s place under threat long-term. Up against the most dangerous player in Maghoma. 7/10

Kyle Bartley

Won a lot of headers and made plenty of clearance but Leeds as ever are very prone to losing control when crosses drop into their box. 6/10

Sol Bamba

Doesn’t look composed or secure and Monk is going to have to do something with his defence after seven concessions in three games. 5/10

Charlie Taylor

Didn’t know whether to go with Maghoma or play him offside for the first goal and is clearly some way below his best. 5/10

Hadi Sacko

Claimed United’s goal, with a bit of help from Kuszczak, and tried to run at City every chance he got. Hard to criticise him. 6/10

Ronaldo Vieira

Good aspects and bad aspects. In short, it’s a huge ask to expect an 18-year-old to run the show in a midfield where Leeds are outnumbered. 5/10

Pablo Hernandez

Over the 90 minutes, found his introduction to the Championship increasingly intense and increasingly tough. Lost the midfield battle. 5/10

Alex Mowatt

The star of the show in the first half, picking passes beautifully and laying on the equaliser. But he faded dramatically after the break. 6/10

Marcus Antonsson

The striker who carried the most threat and was unlucky to hit the bar early on. But service to him dried up eventually. 7/10

Chris Wood

Didn’t look at all dangerous and his touch let him down too often. Jeered by the crowd when he was substituted, which won’t help his confidence. 4/10

Substitutes:

Kemar Roofe (for Wood, 60) - Injected some life into a flagging performance but was largely alone in trying to force the pace. 6/10

Kalvin Phillips (for Mowatt, 73) - His running power helped to peg Birmingham back but Monk’s squad offered too few attacking options. 5/10

Stuart Dallas (for Hernandez, 85) - Didn’t have much opportunity to get on the ball and injury-time ticked away before he could make an impact. 5/10

Subs (not used): Ross Turnbull, Lewie Coyle, Liam Cooper, Matt Grimes.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire) - Certain things annoyed the crowd but as with QPR last weekend, the post-match debate did not involve him. 7/10

Attendance: 27,392

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Birmingham City:

Tomasz Kuszczak - 5

Jonathan Spector - 6

Michael Morrison - 7

Ryan Shotton - 7

Ryan Grounds - 6

David Cotterill - 6

Stephen Gleeson - 7

Maikel Kieftenbeld - 7

David Davis - 7

Jacques Maghoma - 8

Clayton Donaldson - 6

Substitutes:

Robert Tesche (for Davis, 67) - 5

Paul Robinson (for Gleeson, 90) - 5

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