Sheffield United 0 Leeds United 1: Graham Smyth's player ratings as Whites take derby spoils at Bramall Lane

LEEDS United struck late to seal a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United in the first top-flight Yorkshire derby between the two teams in 26 years - but how did we rate the performances?

Monday, 28th September 2020, 6:21 am
The Whites and Blades met in Sunday's Yorkshire derby. Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images.

After some outstanding goalkeeping from both Illan Meslier and Aaron Ramsdale, Patrick Bamford headed home a Jack Harrison cross in the 88th minute for the only goal of the game.

Graham Smyth, the YEP's chief football writer, hands out the scores.

9 - Two sublime saves aside he was solid, brave and distributed the ball well. Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

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7 - A lot of Blades pressure came down his side and he was largely solid. Wasn't as slick in the final third as he can be. Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images.
8 - Good on the ball, in the air and in the tackle. Ensured Leeds kept it sensible in the final minute. Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images.
7 - Lots of sensible defending, won headers, stood up in challenges. Didn't always get the better of his men but a solid performance. Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images.
8 - Got on the ball to good effect, still brought physicality to the game even after being booked early. Covered a lot of ground. Photo by Molly Darlington - Pool/Getty Images.
8 - A decent first half, a superb second half in midfield. Drove Leeds forward, won the ball, created danger. He was everywhere. Picture by James Hardisty.
7 - His influence on the game grew as it went on and opened up. Tireless, had the energy to keep getting back to defend and still attacked late on. Picture by James Hardisty.
7 - Dangerous running at the Blades but not as incisive as in the first two games. Still looks an improvement on last season. Picture by James Hardisty.
8 - Energy to burn, even in the final stages. Gave Leeds a real threat down the left but got up and down the pitch to do both sides of the game. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.
6 - Unable to do the linking up that Hernandez does, had little impact on the game, seemed to struggle to best his markers physically. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
8 - Led the line well, battled defenders, found space, attacked balls into the box and took his goal well. A man in fine form. Picture by James Hardisty.
7 - His best showing for Leeds so far. Looked sharp, linked up the play, always wanted the ball and played a part in the goal. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.
6 - Plenty of enthusiasm, energy, made himself an option but final decision making always seemed to result in a shot, even when a pass was on. Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images.
NA - Came on late in the game to help shore things up, clever and neat in possession. Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images.
8 - There wasn't a huge deal of incident for him to deal with but he wasn't fussy and let things go that allowed the game to flow. Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images.