MOT View: Horror show 3, mistake flooded 4 - Leeds player ratings in 4-1 defeat v Palace
Leeds United fell to a 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites fell behind early in the game, as Scott Dann headed home from a corner. It got much worse minutes later when Eberechi Eze fired home a free-kick.
Patrick Bamford then got one back, but it was chalked off by VAR disgracefully. He got his goal eventually with a superb finish on the volley.
Going into the break at 2-1 would have been acceptable, but a freakish Helder Costa own-goal made it three.
It wasn’t much better in the second half.
Palace put the game to bed with a late goal through Jordan Ayew, much against the run of the play – a familiar tale this season.
MOT Leeds News have shared their player ratings below…
Illan Meslier – 3
Shocking. The French youngster can be forgiven for his display against Leicester but this was nowhere near good enough. From being behind his line for Dann’s goal to his disgraceful position for Costa’s own goal, an absolute horror show.
Luke Ayling – 7
Ayling didn’t do too much wrong, but his attacking influence was taken out of the side in this change of system. The full-back is at his best when bombing forward and he was forced to stay in his own half for the majority of the clash.
Robin Koch – 4
Another game has delivered another couple of mistakes from Koch. The German has shown his class against the likes of Villa, but these off-days are becoming too often. He once again lost his man for Dann’s goal, but this can’t continue to happen – needs to toughen up.
Liam Cooper – 5
A strange afternoon from the skipper. Cooper made a number of interceptions, but his long-range passing wasn’t at its best when switching play. He did struggle against Wilfried Zaha and picked up a booking for his troubles.
Ezgjan Alioski – 6
Everyone knows what Alioski brings when selected, and he brought it again. His relentless energy was on the show, but unfortunately, the class wasn’t when needed.
Stuart Dallas – 5
Was pushed into a midfield role, and that saw his influence just shrink compared to previous games. Both going forward and tracking back, it was hard to remember any significant involvement from Mr Reliable.
Pascal Struijk – 5
Struijk came back into the side and started slowly. The Dutch colossal wanted the ball but did look uncomfortable at times when forced to dribble before passing.
Mateusz Klich – 7
Klich was given the role of pushing forward and creating things for Leeds in the absence of Pablo Hernandez, and he did brilliantly well in flashes. He got the assist for Bamford’s opener and should have got another before. The only downside? His effort tracking back could have been better.
Helder Costa – 6
Nothing he could do about his own goal, he did the hard work expected of him and wasn’t rewarded – something which sums up the Whites recently. The winger didn’t get much of the ball in the final third and was subbed at the break.
Jack Harrison – 6
Once again, Harrison was Leeds’ main threat out wide down the left. The winger got plenty off the ball and did look bright, but he failed to cause Nathaniel Clyne too many troubles and needed to get to the byline more than he did.
Patrick Bamford – 8
What more can Bamford do? The 27-year-old was excellent, and didn’t let his head drop after the disgraceful VAR decision, and went on the score a great goal. His touch and volley for the goal is exactly what he is about, and that is what we need every single week.
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