Rotherham United 2 Leeds United 1: YEP player ratings

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?
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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

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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

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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

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

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


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

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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


Danny Ward (for Best, 64) - 6

Joe Newell (for Smallwood, 80) - 5

Frazer Richardson (for Grant Ward, 90) - 5