By Craig Scott

23rd Oct, 2022 | 3:52pm

Jesse Marsch finds himself under enormous pressure at Leeds United after his side let slip of a lead to lose 3-2 against Fulham at Elland Road on Sunday.

Rodrigo’s 20th-minute header was cancelled out six minutes later by Aleksandar Mitrovic’s ninth goal of the season.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Willian then both scored in the second half for Fulham, who shot up to seventh in the Premier League table while Leeds moved into the relegation zone.

Crysencio Summerville’s first Premier League grabbed a late consolation and here, MOT Leeds News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:

Illan Meslier – 5

Meslier couldn’t react quick enough to stop Mitrovic’s headed effort at a corner but probably should have done better to avoid being beaten at his front post. Meslier’s always had issues at set-pieces. He did atone that for later in the first half by making a big save to deny Andreas Pereira from scoring in a one-on-one situation.

Luke Ayling – 4

Ayling’s return to the starting line-up didn’t start well. Why on earth was he marking one of the Premier League’s most prolific goalscorers at a corner kick? Especially when Mitrovic is so much bigger and stronger than him. Ayling’s attempt to win the header was pathetic, allowing Mitrovic to score. He was also nowhere near to Willian for Fulham’s third of the game.

Robin Koch – 6

Koch impressed for most of the game and made a vital clearance to stop a Mitrovic goal in the first half. However, he struggled more and more as the game went on and was made to look amateurish by Harrison Reed for Willian’s goal.

Liam Cooper – 5

Cooper’s distribution was very good but, like Koch, he saw his defensive performance wane as the match went on. Cooper is meant to be a great defensive co-ordinator and communicator. He didn’t show that in the second half.

Pascal Struijk – 4

It was all going well for Struijk before De Cordova-Reid’s goal in the second half. Why on earth did he walk away from the man he was marking? What was that all about?

Marc Roca – 6

Roca did brilliantly to stop a goal by Harrison Reed on the line but he started to lose control of the midfield battle. He didn’t look the same without Tyler Adams alongside him so hopefully he’s not out for too long.

Sam Greenwood – 6

Greenwood was thrown in bizarrely to make his second Premier League start. He didn’t do badly but we cannot be relying on the ex-Sunderland youngster to be stepping into our midfield. Our squad just doesn’t have what it takes.

Brenden Aaronson – 6

Aaronson was heavily involved in the attack, as usual. His pass to Harrison pretty much made the goal for Rodrigo and he linked up well with his teammates well.

Luis Sinisterra – 5

It was a quiet one for Sinisterra, who seemed to pick up a knock early on and never really recovered from it. He should have been taken off sooner, especially with Crysencio Summerville making an impact when he came on to replace the Colombian.

Jack Harrison – 3

Where was Harrison? His form has dropped off a cliff since he was talked about as a player who could make the England squad for the World Cup. Harrison’s passing was off and he struggled to make an impact when he’s not out on the left wing.

Rodrigo – 6

Other than his goal, Rodrigo didn’t do a lot. He found himself in the right place at the right time to convert Harrison’s shot, which was initially saved by Bernd Leno.


Crysencio Summerville (on for Sinisterra, 64′) – 7 (Man of the match)

He came off the bench and had a real impact. Harrison needs to take note. Summerville’s goal was well-deserved and it strengthens his claim for a start.

Patrick Bamford (on for Rodrigo, 64′) – 5

Mateusz Klich (on for Greenwood, 76′) – 5

Joe Gelhardt – (on for Struijk, 84′) – 6

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