Sheffield United v Leeds United - number of the day, turning point, who had a good day and who didn't

Leeds United grabbed a late winner to take three points from an entertaining Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 5:47 am
WINNERS - Leeds United celebrating Patrick Bamford's goal in the 88th minute that earned three points against Sheffield United. Pic: James Hardisty.

Patrick Bamford headed in Jack Harrison's pinpoint cross in the 88th minute to gave the Whites their second Premier League win in a row.

Here's who the YEP thought had a good day and who didn't.

Good day

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Illan Meslier

He made two highlight reel saves, showed his bravery and distributed the ball well again. The goalkeeper deserved a clean sheet as well as the Man of the Match award. Although he was very solid in Leeds' Championship run-in last season, the defence protected him very well and we didn't see too much of his shot-stopping ability. Against the Blades we saw it in all its pomp. Still just 20, he's turning into a bargain of a signing for Leeds and an exciting talent. Honourable mention to Stuart Dallas whose second half display was superb. He drove Leeds forward, played some lovely stuff to get them out of trouble and away from pressure and posed a threat going forward.

Bad day

Tyler Roberts

Just couldn't get going. The striker, playing as an attacking midfielder, hasn't fully shown his ability since lockdown ended. The game against Hull City, away, just before the pandemic hit English football, suggested he was going to hit the form everyone at Leeds wants to see from him. Besides a few glimpses, his performances have not been stellar with any consistency and against the Blades he looked a little lost in the 10 role. Couldn't link midfield and attack, couldn't break the Blades down or find a killer pass and was brushed off the ball too easily. Withdrawn at the break by Marcelo Bielsa and Rodrigo's display as his replacement might well mean the Spaniard takes Roberts' place next week against Manchester City.

Turning point

Half-time

Rodrigo was stripped and ready to warm-up as soon as the players trooped off at the break. Bielsa wanted him to link the play and he did that, smartly. His control was excellent, in the main, he passed the ball well, chased and harried and his movement off the ball was terrific. Played a key part in the build up for the winner. Best showing of the record signing since he signed from Valencia. Already showing an understanding of where he needs to be to contribute to Bielsaball. Very promising.

Number of the day

32

Chris Wilder's Blades had 15 shots, Leeds had 17. Both goalkeepers were very busy men and showcased their shot-stopping capabilities to the full. It was an entertaining game in which both sides played a full part and there was a lot to like. Clever, neat interplay in and around the boxes led to shooting opportunities and both teams threatened from crosses into the box and set-pieces. As entertaining as the seven-goal thrillers Leeds experienced in their first two Premier League outings.