Luke Ayling turns in 2/10 horror show, Patrick Bamford MOTM with 7/10 - Leeds United player ratings vs Brighton
Leeds United fought back from a goal down twice to take a point from Brighton at Elland Road in a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon (11 March).
The Whites started slowly and allow Brighton to control the game, and fell behind after 33 minutes when Alexis Mac Allister headed home to make their dominance worth something.
But Leeds battled back and Patrick Bamford blasted a strike in off the crossbar to equalise before half-time as the teams went in level at the break.
Leeds started the second half much better but couldn’t take the chances they had, before Brighton re-took the lead just before the hour mark with an own-goal by Jack Harrison. But the winger made amends 13 minutes from time with a stunning strike that curled beyond the Brighton keeper and keep the points shared.
Here is how MOT Leeds News rated the performance of each Leeds player from the game today..
Illan Meslier – 6/10
Meslier made some big saves during the 90 minutes and maybe should have done a little bit better with the first goal, but generally it was his saves and presence that kept them in the game for long periods.
Luke Ayling – 2/10
A real stinker from the skipper. He looked slow and off the pace going forward, and defensively he was lax throughout with Brighton constantly getting in down his side. Not good enough at all.
Robin Koch – 5/10
Koch was strong in the first half for the most part, but he found himself covering for Ayling a lot and isolated which affected his performance and was something that needs to be corrected by Javi Gracia.
Max Wober – 6/10
Wober has been mightily impressive since joining the club in January and has established himself as the first-choice centre-back at the club now. He was strong aerially and good in position, while being vocal and leading from the back. A strong performance.
Junior Firpo – 4/10
Firpo had an anonymous appearance in this one for the most part. Defensively he did his job fairly well, but he was absent going forward and he did get caught out a few times by the movement of Solly March out wide. Not as good as he’s been recently.
Marc Roca – 5/10
The Spaniard got the nod in midfield and his passing was good, however the team lacked a level of physicality without Weston McKennie and it could be a sign that his time as a long-term starter in the future is up already.
Tyler Adams – 6/10
Defensively Adams was excellent, once again all over the pitch with his energy and making some vital challenges to break up play throughout the game. A real leader, but he needs more help from those around him for the team to start getting results.
Brenden Aaronson – 5/10
Aaronson actually had a good game for the most part, but his lack of an end product really cost Leeds all three points in this game. His pace and dribbling helped him get into great positions, but his decision making was shocking and he should have been the difference in the result.
Jack Harrison – 5/10
A bonkers game for Harrison. He started positively, lost his way in the second half and made a horrible error with his own goal by going for it with the wrong foot and completely mis-kicking it. But his equalising goal was sensational and showed his quality as to why Leeds want him to stick around. So sticking down the middle is the best way to go with his rating.
Crysencio Summerville – 4/10
Summerville did most of his good work defensively in this game, tracking back regularly to keep Pervis Estupinan relatively quiet. Going forward he wasn’t good enough though and it wasn’t a surprise to see him substituted when chasing a goal.
Patrick Bamford – 7/10
Bamford was a bit of a surprise inclusion, but he scored a stunning goal and worked hard running in behind and pressing that will surely earn him another start in the next game.
Weston McKennie – 6/10
Rodrigo – 5/10
Wilfried Gnonto – 5/10
Georginio Rutter – N/A
Luis Sinisterra – N/A