Sheffield Wednesday 3 Leeds United 0: Saiz the only shining light for disappointing Whites

LEEDS United were dismantled 3-0 in Sunday's Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.
Carlos Carvalhal and Thomas Christiansen.Carlos Carvalhal and Thomas Christiansen.
Carlos Carvalhal and Thomas Christiansen.

But how did YEP chief football writer Phil Hay rate the performances?

Felix Wiedwald - Lingering doubts about his game were fuelled by the defeat at Hillsborough. Dominance and control of his box were lacking, especially for the first goal. 4/10

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Luke Ayling - Fletcher got above him for the second goal and although Ayling stopped Reach from going to town, he was made to look ordinary. 4/10

Matthew Pennington - Let Hooper get away from him for both of his finishes and in amongst some blocks and clearances, was made to look like a centre-back who hadn’t played for a while. 4/10

Pontus Jansson - Got in the way of some of Wednesday’s efforts and almost scored but United’s defence were well out of sorts. Stretchered off towards the end. 5/10

Gaetano Berardi - Pretty clear that Christiansen needs to find a solution in this area of his team. Wednesday put Berardi under huge pressure. 4/10

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Eunan O’Kane - Was illness still bothering him? As poorly as he has played this season and looked off the pace for 70 minutes. Late error let Lee score. 3/10

Kalvin Phillips - Comfortable to begin with but completely lost after that. Barry Bannan was allowed all the space he needed to boss the midfield. 4/10

Gjanni Alioski - Should have done better with his early chance and a goal at that stage would have put the wind up Wednesday. Very disappointing. 3/10

Samuel Saiz - Ran the derby initially, standing up to Wednesday and driving through them brilliantly. United’s biggest threat by a mile. 7/10

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Kemar Roofe - Good, early signs followed by an anonymous afternoon. Christiansen might need to have a tactical rethink away from home. 4/10

Pierre-Michel Lasogga - Struck a post and although it was hardly noticed, did make some clever runs up front. Service to him did nothing to help. 5/10


Hadi Sacko (for Alioski, 63) - Christiansen needed Sacko to let his pace burn but Wednesday were wise to him and did not give him space. 5/10

Pablo Hernandez (for Roofe, 63) - Tried to get his foot on the ball and give Leeds some rhythm but it was asking a lot. 5/10

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Stuart Dallas (for Jansson, 72) - Forced to play at left-back and was no better than anyone else. 4/10

Subs (not used): Andy Lonergan, Conor Shaughnessy, Ronaldo Vieira, Jay-Roy Grot.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire) - Decent management of an end-to-end match. 6/10

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