Leeds United 1 Reading 0 - Graham Smyth's player ratings: Whites battle past Royals as Pablo Hernandez provides magic

Leeds United earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Reading in the Championship on Saturday afternoon - but how did we rate the performance?

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 6:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 6:30 pm
Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez bags the winner at Elland Road. (Image: Simon Hulme)

Marcelo Bielsa's side were left frustrated in LS11 but finally broke the deadlock on the hour as Hernandez slid past his man following a blocked shot to prod home into the top corner and secure all three points. Here's how we rated the performance...

7 - Came up big with a vital last minute save to deny Reading a glorious late chance. One other decent save apart, had little else to do.
8 - Took no time to adapt, showed his organisational skills, showed composure on the rare occasions he came under any pressure.

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8 - Unruffled in central defence, adapted well to the midfield role. Ran the ball out very well.
8 - Calm, composed and comfortable for the most part. Couldn't stop Moore running through for the late chance, however.
8 - Full of running, in both positions. Kept Reading on the back foot.
7 - Had to launch himself into a number of big tackles, one of which took him out of the game. Had been getting forward well before limping off.
8 - Snapped at heels, kept Jonathan Swift quiet, made good runs, was clever in possession.
8 - Magic was needed and inspiration, once Phillips went off, and he delivered it. Wonderful footwork and finish. Played some great football too.
7 - Influential in the first half, put good balls into the area, quieter in the second half but was sharing the flank with a second winger, in effect, with Alioski.
7 - Showed some incredible skill and the pace we're used to seeing regularly, without a telling final ball.
5 - One of those days when nothing went his way. Never stopped working but this performance will be remembered for half chances he couldn't turn into good ones.
7 - Plenty of effort, gave Leeds a very potent look down the left. Couldn't quite get the jump on his markers for two good crosses that came his way.
5 - Showed his pace and energy, but also a bit of a lack of care in possession a couple of times that either handed Reading the ball or let them off the hook.