Leeds United 1 Preston North End 0: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 1-0 win against Preston North End. Do you agree with this choices?

Marco Silvestri

Sam Byram takes on Paul Gallagher. PIC Simon Hulme

Sam Byram takes on Paul Gallagher. PIC Simon Hulme

A big player at the moment. His saves were the difference between a tight, valuable win and a hugely frustrating draw. 8/10

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Scott Wootton

Steady but the game was another example of why United need an actual right-back in there. The team didn’t carry enough threat on that side of the field. 6/10

Giuseppe Bellusci

He and Leeds’ defence were indebted to Silvestri for his performance, both early in the game and at the death. 5/10

Liam Cooper

Would have looked for the midfield in front of him to provide more protection against 10 men but was relatively solid. 6/10

Charlie Taylor

His performance level never seems to drop and he and Dallas are developing a good understanding on the left hand side. 7/10

Liam Bridcutt

The midfield weren’t able to completely shut up shop in the second half but Bridcutt’s workrate did him credit. 6/10

Sam Byram

Tried his best to get himself into the box and into attacking areas but exerted far less influence than he had at Wolves. 6/10

Lewis Cook

Up and down at the moment. Wasn’t poor but wasn’t able to control the midfield either. 6/10

Luke Murphy

It’s a while since Murphy last started and it’s a while since he last put his stamp on a match. 5/10

Stuart Dallas

Good going forward and forced the own goal but his defensive work was no less important. 7/10

Chris Wood

Didn’t take the chances which dropped to him and looked short of energy in the second half. 5/10

Substitutes:

Souleymane Doukara (for Murphy, 64) - Slightly unlucky not to start and despite being very isolated, caused Preston a bit of trouble. 6/10

Mirco Antenucci (for Wood, 83) - With Leeds backpedaling he had no opportunities to put the game to bed. 5/10

Kalvin Phillips (for Dallas, 90) - Joined the fray with literally 60 seconds to play. 5/10

Subs (not used): Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Sol Bamba, Alex Mowatt.

Preston North End:

Jordan Pickford - 4

Greg Cunningham - 6

Tom Clarke - 7

Paul Huntington - 7

Marnick Vermijl - 6

John Welsh - 4

Paul Gallagher - 6

Alan Browne - 4

Adam Reach - 6

Will Keane - 5

Joe Garner - 7

Substitutes:

Matt Hudson (for John Welsh, 34) - 6

Neil Kilkenny (for Browne, 55) - 7

Eoin Doyle (for Keane, 87) - 5

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey) - Took advice from his linesman about the dismissal but in real time Pickford’s offence looked worthy of a red card. 7/10

Attendance: 22,641

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