Spotlight on Leeds United wingers Helder Costa and Jack Harrison as Ian Poveda stays benched
IAN POVEDA stayed on the bench as Leeds United wingers Jack Harrison and Helder Costa were both given the full game to unlock Wigan Athletic.
And the visual perception of Costa often being frustrated with his final ball on the right flank was reflected on the figures with the 26-year-old often creating space but only managing a passing success rate of 84 per cent.
Six United players had a better passing success rate with Harrison second to only centre-back Ben White on the opposite flank.
Costa had 69 touches of the ball and quite often left his opposite man trailing in his wake with five of out of nine dribbles proving successful and the Portuguese international was only dispossessed once and fouled twice.
Four successful tackles from four attempts are also worth noting for a player not usually associated with the defensive side of his game.
But it was Costa's distribution that was lacking when compared to Harrison with plenty of crosses from the right intercepted or cleared even if 27 out of 32 attempted passes were accurate with one of those a key pass.
But only one cross from ten attempts proved successful with Costa having three shots at goal with two off target and just the one testing keeper David Marshall.
Comparably, Harrison's distribution was much better from the left but the Manchester City loanee squandered probably the best chance of the game when running
Patrick Bamford's delivery across the face of the goal in the first half.
The 23-year-old was very unlucky to have earlier hit the post after brilliant footwork and, like Costa, Harrison managed three attempts at goal with two off target and one hitting the woodwork.
Three out of four attempted dribbles were successful as well as his only attempted tackle though Harrison was dispossessed five times and fouled just once.
But it was hard to quibble with Harrison's passing and crossing with 25 of his 24 attempted passes accurate and three of those key passes in setting up a chance.
Despite not being at their best, Leeds again had chances in droves with 18 shots at goal but only five on target compared to Wigan's five at goal and two on target.
Bamford had seven of those shots with four off target while Stuart Dallas chipped in with two with one blocked and one off target.
A rather off colour Pablo Hernandez had one shot that was blocked with the remaining attempts coming from Gjanni Alioski who failed to hit the target and substitute Tyler Roberts who saw his one attempt blocked.
Roberts made a decent impression off the bench when coming on for Alioski and going into the no 10 role and it remains to be seen when the obvious alternative from the bench out wide in January recruit Poveda is handed his chance.