LEEDS UNITED came up short overall as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Championship rivals Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
Phil Hay was on hand to measure each Leeds player’s performance. See if you agree with his marks out of 10 below and share your own thoughts in the comments section at the bottom.
Felix Wiedwald - Cardiff were schooled in his methods of distribution and didn’t allow him the freedom to spray the ball about. Nothing he could do about the goals. 5/10
Luke Ayling - Taken advantage of repeatedly defensively but at least made the effort to try and make something happen up front. Had a hand in United’s goal. 5/10
Liam Cooper - The defence were struggling before his dismissal and if anything, looked better after his red card. Should have known better than to lunge in. 3/10
Pontus Jansson - Never looked comfortable and Hoilett’s pace was a problem for everyone. He and Cooper backed off when the winger struck. 5/10
Gaetano Berardi - Almost came up with a game-changing goal but Leeds were wide open on the left and he was caught upfield when Cooper covered and incurred a second yellow. 4/10
Kalvin Phillips - Better in adversity with Leeds reduced to 10 and put a foot in as much as he could. Undoubtedly missed O’Kane alongside him. 5/10
Mateusz Klich - A league debut to forget. Had so little time on the ball in the first half and was guilty of sparking Cardiff’s opener by losing possession. 4/10
Gjanni Alioski - Weak in possession on occasions, wasteful in other moments and joined almost everyone else in having a poor night. 5/10
Pablo Hernandez - Strange to see him start after his struggle to make an impact at Millwall. Hurt an ankle early on and was replaced at the break. 4/10
Stuart Dallas - Took until the second half to make any impression, at which point he became quite busy, but it was too little to late. 5/10
Kemar Roofe - Got the goal, which was a reward for Leeds’ and his own perseverance, but the wrong decision to start with him. 5/10
Matthew Pennington (for Hernandez, 46) - An encouraging 45 minutes which proved firstly that he is fit and secondly that Leeds are covered for Cooper’s suspension this weekend. 6/10
Jay-Roy Grot (for Alioski, 63) - Positive enough in the way he played but didn’t look like he was going to turn the game on its head. Christiansen seemed to be saving Lasogga for Sunday. 5/10
Ronaldo Vieira (for Klich, 68) - Got on the ball, passed it tidily but was hampered by Cardiff’s numerical advantage. 5/10
Subs (not used): Andy Lonergan, Hadi Sacko, Samuel Saiz, Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) - No disputing the red card, and Cooper might have gone earlier, but Cardiff got the rub of many of his 50-50 decisions. 6/10