By Dave Woods

2nd Oct, 2019 | 10:22am

Leeds player ratings v West Brom

Leeds went back to the top of the Championship after a hard-fought win over West Brom on Tuesday night. 

Once again, Leeds failed to score more than a single goal at Elland Road – that’s five games at home now this season – and that’s becoming an issue.

19 shots and nine on target was comfortably more than West Brom, who had 10 and four on target, but the Baggies had the lion’s share of possession and as you can see from SofaScore’s attack momentum graph, things got pretty hairy in the second half.

For a team that’s known for its blistering attacking football, Leeds are getting points this season by not conceding. Another clean sheet at Elland Road means they’ve only conceded five all season.

If they can start taking their chances too, Leeds could start building a buffer at the top of the table.

Here are the MOT player ratings from a brilliant win at Elland Road.

1. Kiko Casilla
The goalkeeper was hit with an FA investigation yesterday after allegations that he racially abused Jonathan Leko in the game against Charlton at the weekend. That could easily have being preying on his mind but Casilla put in a solid display and made a really smart save down to his right to thwart the Baggies in the second half. He came out of the box on one of his missions but got there and despite looking like he wanted to dribble all the way to the Baggies goal, got himself back before it became trouble. 

2. Ezgjan Alioski
He’s taken some criticism this season but this was one of his best games at Elland Road. He scored the goal, although it looked more like an own goal from Kyle Bartley. However, his overlap was exactly what Leeds needed as they cleared out the West Brom midfield. He was full of energy and kept Matt Phillips out of the game.

3. Ben White
So calm and collected in defence it’s hard to believe he’d only played in Leagues One and Two before joining Leeds on loan. He doesn’t normally give the ball away and it really jarred when he sent a simple pass straight to the West Brom midfield in the first 45, but this was another solid display overall.

4. Liam Cooper
Cooper has been a big part of the Leeds success story this season and it wasn’t good to see him go off and obviously distraught after 34 minutes. We don’t know how long he’s going to be out for but he’ll be a big loss.

5. Stuart Dallas
Another tireless display from a man who just can’t stop running. He was great going forward in the first half and kept Grady Diangana under wraps. 

6. Kalvin Phillips
He had a really poor game at the weekend against Charlton and we needed the real Phillips to turn up last night. We didn’t get peak Phillips but he was much, much better than Saturday.

7. Jack Harrison
He’s turning into a really frustrating player. He’s normally in the right place at the right time, and you can see what he’s trying to do, but he very rarely finishes it off. He just needs a tiny bit of realigning and if Leeds can find the real Harrison, they’ll have one of the best players in the Championship. As it is, he’s wasting his talent. This was illustrated perfectly when he slipped his man in the second half, only to run the ball out of play when he was under no real pressure. Good, but must do better.

8. Mateusz Klich
Klich has really turned his career around and become a Leeds mainstay under Marcelo Bielsa, but he wasn’t at his best last night. He lost the ball too often, made the wrong decisions going forward and took some really disappointing shots on goal.

9. Jamie Shackleton
The game turned when he went off at half-time and that’s proof of how good he’s becoming after breaking into the first team with Adam Forshaw out injured. Always looking to get forward and strong despite his size.

10. Helder Costa
We said we wanted more from the £15m man after a poor display against Charlton. We got it, but still only in glimpses, although he looked far more dangerous than he did at the weekend. He needs more games.

11. Patrick Bamford
The hero on a night when the result could have gone either way. He never stopped running and held the ball up brilliantly – especially at the end when other players seemed to forget they were winning 1-0 with just minutes to go. Strong and showed lots of guts. Still should have scored, though.

Gaetano Berardi (for Liam Cooper, 34 mins) – Did a good job in the centre of defence. There will be worries about his long-term suitability if Cooper is out for an extended period. 7/10

Tyler Roberts (for Jamie Shackleton, half-time) – Subbed off just 30 minutes after coming on. He didn’t look good but Bielsa said it was more down to the game than his performance. 5/10

Luke Ayling (for Tyler Roberts, 75 mins) – His first appearance this season and he looked sharp. 6/10