Bristol City 0 Leeds United 3: Player Ratings - Revelation Phillips and class act Saiz excel at Ashton Gate

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LEEDS United bounced back with a bang thanks to a fine 3-0 success at Bristol City.

But how did the YEP’s Phil Hay rate the performances?

CLASSY: Leeds United's Samuel Saiz scores the opening goal. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

CLASSY: Leeds United's Samuel Saiz scores the opening goal. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Andy Lonergan - Under little pressure but helped himself and the players in front of him by choosing to go long at the times. One decent save in the second half. 7/10

Luke Ayling - Unusually, neither of Christiansen’s full-backs were required to pull much weight going forward. But safe as houses at the back. 7/10

Matthew Pennington - A brave decision to put him in ahead of Jansson but fully justified by Pennington’s performance. Always one step ahead of City’s attack. 8/10

Liam Cooper - A big and stable effort on a day when Leeds needed their captain to set an example. Bristol City were toothless but Christiansen’s defence gave them nothing. 7/10

Gaetano Berardi - Had seen off Leko and fought his way into the comfort zone when he lost his temper and headbutted Matty Taylor. A needless red card and a three-match ban will follow. 5/10

Ronaldo Vieira - Injected energy and enthusiasm into the midfield and showed why so many people were calling for his inclusion. Got everywhere and proved a spoke in City’s wheel. 8/10

Eunan O’Kane - A hundred times happier with more muscle around him and his through ball caused the chaos which led to the second goal. 8/10

Samuel Saiz - Centrally or out on the left, as he was at Ashton Gate, he never fails to look like a class act. A yard away from a hat-trick. 9/10

Kalvin Phillips - A revelation at number 10 and seemed invigorated by the chance to play further forward. The star of the first half, despite Saiz’s finishes. 9/10

Gjanni Alioski - Made much more of an impact than he had in several of his previous games and his pace made him a useful outlet. 7/10

Pierre-Michel Lasogga - Touched the ball 12 times against Reading. Looked like a completely different player at Ashton Gate. Created one goal, scored another. 8/10

Substitutes:

Hadi Sacko (for Alioski, 71) - Almost took pity on Bristol City. Could have murdered them late on but the game was won. 5/10

Vurnon Anita (for Saiz, 83) - Completed an easy shift for all of seven minutes. 5/10

Jay-Roy Grot (for Lasogga, 89) - A token substitution which allowed Lasogga a deserved ovation. 5/10

Subs (not used): Felix Wiedwald, Pontus Jansson, Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) - An fairly easy day until the red card situation flared up. Appeared to get Berardi’s right at any rate. 6/10

Attendance: 24,435

Leeds United fans show their willingness to show a sense of togetherness before Sunday's game against Middlesbrough. 
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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