EARLY PRESSURE: Whites defender Luke Ayling clears Jarrod Bowen's short off the line in the opening exchanges of the third round FA Cup tie at the London Stadium.

West Ham 2 Leeds United 0 - Graham Smyth's player ratings as Whites youngsters are handed chance in FA Cup

Leeds United once again exited the FA Cup at the third round stage through Sunday's 2-0 defeat at West Ham - but how did we rate the performances?

By Graham Smyth
Sunday, 9th January 2022, 5:18 pm

The Irons went ahead the 34th minute but in extremely controversial fashion as Manuel Lanzini converted from a goalmouth scramble but only after a crucial intervention from Jarrod Bowen who had been in an offside position.

The goal stood despite a lengthy check from VAR and both sides then squandered some fine chances to add to the scoring before the Hammers finally put Leeds away deep in second half stoppage time as Bowen finished off an Irons counter attack.

Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa was without nine players due to injuries - including the still absent Patrick Bamford - and the Argentine gave debuts to youngsters Leo Hjelde and Lewis Bate plus a first start to Sam Greenwood.

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

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