Leeds United 1 Sheffield United 2: Lonergan and Saiz head and shoulders above the rest - Player Ratings

Thomas Christiansen's Whites fell to a 2-1 defeat to new Championship leaders Sheffield United at Elland Road.
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But how did the YEP’s Phil Hay rate the performances?

Andy Lonergan - The only reason why Leeds were in the game at half-time. His two saves from Sharp were fantastic. 8/10

Luke Ayling - Off the boil in a big way, losing the ball too often and straying out of position. Was a long way from home when Brooks claimed the win. 5/10

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Matthew Pennington - Nervous and unsteady from the moment he failed to stay with Sharp in the second minute. Gives Christiansen a headache, and not in a good way. 4/10

Liam Cooper - The was no grit or communication in the backline before the break and Sharp should have had a hat-trick. Went off injured. 5/10

Vurnon Anita - Still doesn’t look like a satisfactory answer at left-back and this is a position which Leeds might need to address in the January window. 5/10

Ronaldo Vieira - Dynamite at Ashton Gate but far less combustible last night and too often found himself chasing Sheffield United’s midfield. 5/10

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Eunan O’Kane - Finally got into the mode of dictating play after half-time but not for the first time, United’s midfield were weak. A lack of movement up front didn’t help. 5/10

Gjanni Alioski - Can’t seem to get himself going again after an excellent first month. Finished weakly from a header which, despite the balance of the night, could have won the game. 5/10

Kalvin Phillips - A peach of a finish, produced from nothing, and a better second half but that can’t obscure the fact that Sheffield United were a class apart in periods. Also lucky to dodge a red card. 6/10

Samuel Saiz - Hit the post and did everything he could to force a win after half-time. The one player who Sheffield United struggled to contain. 7/10

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Pierre-Michel Lasogga - Not the impact Leeds needed from their centre-forward. The service was poor but so were his levels of involvement. 4/10


Pontus Jansson (for Cooper, 57) - Swept up time and again until the defence suddenly went to pieces in the build-up to Brooks’ goal. 6/10

Pablo Hernandez (for Alioski, 70) - Got on the ball but couldn’t do anything with it. 5/10

Jay-Roy Grot (for Aninta, 83) - Hasn’t often looked like scoring during his time on the pitch and didn’t look like scoring. 5/10

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Subs (not used): Felix Wiedwald, Conor Shaughnessy, Kemar Roofe, Stuart Dallas.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland) - Some very questionable decisions when it came to handing out cards. 4/10

Attendance: 34,504