Barnsley 0 Leeds United 2 - Graham Smyth's player ratings: Eddie Nketiah provides Oakwell spark as Whites go top
Leeds United secured a 2-0 victory over Barnsley on Sunday lunchtime at Oakwell with two goals in the final ten minutes of action - but how did we rate the performance?
By Graham Smyth
Sunday, 15th September 2019, 8:08 pm
Eddie Nketiah stepped off the bench to bag from a Kalvin Phillips free-kick before Mateusz Klich sealed all three points with a penalty as time expired in West Yorkshire. Here's how we rated the performance...
8 - Made some big stops, showed his quick reflexes, came off his line to good effect. Rescued Leeds when Barnsley broke.
8 - Non-stop down the right, piled the pressure on, put the ball in the box and looked after his defensive duties comfortably.
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7 - Very solid for the vast majority. Kept it simple.
8 - Very good, again. Didn't look like he had to break much of a sweat. Calm on the ball and solid off it.
6 - Plenty of effort, not so much quality when it came to delivering crosses. Didn't look comfortable defensively in the first half.
8 - Put a foot in when he needed to, emphatically at times. Distribution was good, some of his set-pieces deserved to result in goals. One did.
8 - Lively throughout, one of Leeds' best performers in the first half. Ghosted past players, picked out passes, set Bamford away on goal twice.
7 - Took his penalty brilliantly. Linked up well outside the box. Maybe chose the wrong option a couple of times. Never stopped running.
7 - Not at his best yet still produced nice moments on the ball. Showed leadership as it went on, telling team-mates to stay calm and composed.
5 - A poor first half, in the main. One cut back to Hernandez aside, deliveries just weren't there.
6 - Worked his socks off, didn't take his chances. Looked a frustrated man coming off.
8 - Brought an instant threat with his pace. Delivered dangerous balls into the box. Leeds looked balanced, with danger down both sides, after his introduction.
8 - Took his chance. Won the penalty. Couldn't have done a lot more. A match-winning substitution.