Rotherham 2 Leeds United 1: YEP jury verdicts

Rotherham's Frazer Richardson and Leeds United's Lewis Cook.
Rotherham's Frazer Richardson and Leeds United's Lewis Cook.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on United’s 2-1 defeat at Rotherham and the clash at Norwich tomorrow.

James Harrison

Another disappointing result adds to a poor start to Darko Milanic’s era as the boss of Leeds United.

I thought we were comfortable up to half-time; we controlled the pace of the game and kept the ball brilliantly. A slow start to the second half cost us dearly and we got what we deserved.

Our defence and midfield were really comfortable with and without the ball with our goal barely under any threat at all. The speed of our game was a lot slower than normal and that is obviously something they have been working on over the international break. Limited movement up top meant we had to pass the ball in our half and it caused the Rotherham defence minimal problems.

I thought that Milanic got it wrong tactically by playing Cook at the top of the diamond instead of Mowatt. Cook has been exceptional this year sitting deeper and controlling the tempo of our play; in some parts of the game he looked lost playing in a more advanced role. However, he showed some of his class with some exquisite dribbling.

Tommaso Bianchi has been exceptional recently but I thought Saturday was one of the poorer games of his. He lost the ball several times in the second half due to the hard pressing from Rotherham.

In the first 45, he had so much time on the ball and he was pulling all the strings. That is what the Miller’s manager Steve Evans must have said at half-time because in the second half the Rotherham side worked a lot harder and forced Bianchi into making mistakes.

One positive from the night was the debut of Adryan. He is what we have been missing: skill, pace and quality. Every time he touched the ball, the Rotherham defence panicked and he was our biggest threat. He was one of few standouts from the night along with Mirco Antenucci who took his goal superbly.

Tomorrow, night is now a huge game for us and Darko Milanic personally. A poor result might make Massimo Cellino question his decision to employ the Slovenian. There has no doubt been improvements since he took over though; we pass the ball better and work harder but we just lack quality.

I think Adryan should start at Norwich instead of Mowatt who had an off-night on Friday. Billy Sharp should also be given a chance from the off instead of Souleymane Doukara who also had a poor game.

It will be good to see former Leeds men Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson play but I hope they have a shocker and we come away with three points.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Keith Ingham

Darko Milanic is still waiting for his first win as head coach after a storming second-half display by Rotherham United condemned Leeds United to another defeat.

In four games in charge, Dave Hockaday amassed four points, and under Neil Redfrearn 10 points. So far Milanic has two and although it’s still early days, a certain Italian not at the New York Stadium will demand an immediate improvement from his latest coach.

Leeds started the game well, passing the ball impressively and both Rudy Austin and Mirco Antenucci had efforts on the Rotherham goal. On 29 minutes Leeds went ahead, Souleymane Doukara finding Antenucci with a delightful through-ball, and the Italian marksman scored coolly.

Whatever Steve Evans said at the break had a desired effect on the home team as they put Leeds on the back foot from the start of the second half.

How and why Leeds turned in such an ineffective second-half performance only they know. Rotherham deserved the victory for their impressive second-half display.

Tomorrow, Leeds travel to Norwich City and Adyran must have improved his chances to start. Billy Sharp or Steve Morison could also replace Doukara who was poor versus Rotherham.

Man of the match: Pringle (Rotherham), how Leeds fans wish for a player with pace who can cross the ball.

Matthew Evans

Leeds succumbed to a Rotherham side playing the brand of Championship football that Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell would have wanted to see from previous United teams.

Direct balls, rough and ready in the air and playing for set-pieces, Rotherham looked far better equipped for this league than Leeds, especially in the second half.

There was a great deal of composure in the United side during the first 45 minutes but it gave way to regular moments of sloppiness after the break.

A score draw might have been a fairer result but Leeds ultimately paid the price for ineffective football.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

Gary Newbould

United wasted a glorious chance against a very ordinary Rotherham side.

The Whites were coasting in the first half and but they simply didn’t show up in the second half. The one bright glimmer was an encouraging debut for Adryan.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

Stephen Clark

Rotherham came from behind to inflict another painful defeat on Darko Milanic’s men.

Leeds played the prettier football in a frantic first half, but once again there was a lack of cutting edge in the final third, except for the one occasion that brought United their goal. Mirco Antenucci showed a remarkably cool head to slot the ball home following a neat through ball from Doukara. In the second half though, Leeds were bullied into submission.The appearance of Adryan off the bench was a bright spot for the travelling fans. I’d like to see changes in the midfield, with Chris Dawson joining Cook, Mowatt and Adryan – a quartet that would certainly excite.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

Jonathan Ford

good first half, bad second half, and we fell for their long-ball tactics. Adryan looked bright on his debut. I felt the subs were right, just not the right people off and the right timing. Norwich away on Tuesday will be tough, but we can beat anyone on our day. I’ll go for 8-0 Leeds.

Man of the match: Adryan.

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