Rotherham United 2 Leeds United 1: YEP player ratings

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YEP writer Phil Hay provides his Leeds United player ratings on the back of the 2-1 defeat against Rotherham United in south Yorkshire. Do you agree with his choices?

Marco Silvestri

Warnock had clearly told Rotherham to crowd him in the box at every opportunity but no-one could have planned for the chaos that led to his red card. 5/10

Gaetano Berardi

What is it about Rotherham? Came away with more blood spilt and as is often the case with Berardi, didn’t have the worst of games. 6/10

Giuseppe Bellusci

A nightmare. He and Bamba were nowhere for the first goal and his attempt to clear with an overhead kick before the penalty was a bad error. 3/10

Sol Bamba

It was surprising to say the least that Cooper did not come back into the team. Bamba was solid in the main but not when it mattered. 4/10

Charlie Taylor

Unlucky to take a ball to the midriff before the opener and couldn’t recover to stop Frecklington scoring but isn’t in top form. 5/10

Toumani Diagouraga

Leeds had masses of possession but were unable to do anywhere near enough with it. Diagouraga didn’t shine. 5/10

Liam Bridcutt

Tried his best to get at Rotherham’s midfield and did his fair share of ball-winning but that area of the pitch was laboured. 5/10

Lewis Cook

Seemed to be having as good a game as any other Leeds player so his substitution was a strange one. The away end didn’t like it. 6/10

Alex Mowatt

Needs to draw a big line under this season. It never started for him - not properly - and it doesn’t look like coming to life before May 7. 4/10

Mirco Antenucci

Denied by a terrific save from Darlow at 1-0 and when he got himself into the game, his influence made a difference. 6/10

Chris Wood

Hasn’t started in a long time and didn’t look anywhere near sharp. Antenucci was more of a handful. 5/10

Substitutes:

Mustapha Carayol (for Mowatt, 58) - Injected a bit of urgency into the side with some good work down the left. 6/10

Stuart Dallas (for Cook, 58) - Leeds carried a much bigger threat with two proper wingers on the pitch, albeit against 10 men. 5/10

Luke Murphy (for Berardi, 74) - It took a large deflection for Leeds to find the net but credit to Murphy. He came on and made a difference, before the late drama. 6/10

Subs (not used): Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Liam Cooper, Tom Adeyemi.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) - In fairness to him, he got the big decisions spot on. 7/10

Attendance: 11,418

Rotherham United:

Lee Camp - 7

Stephen Kelly - 6

Kirk Broadfoot - 8

Lloyd Doyley - 7

Sam Mattock - 6

Greg Halford - 7

Grant Ward - 7

Richie Smallwood - 5

Lee Frecklington - 7

Matt Derbyshire - 4

Leon Best - 6

Substitutes:

Danny Ward (for Best, 64) - 6

Joe Newell (for Smallwood, 80) - 5

Frazer Richardson (for Grant Ward, 90) - 5

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