By Sam Stone

5th Feb, 2023 | 3:52pm

Leeds United player ratings v Nottingham Forest: Pascal Struijk awful, Willy Gnonto superb

Leeds United continued their poor run of Premier League form as Nottingham Forest beat Jesse Marsch’s men 1-0 at the City Ground.

An exquisite first-half volley from Brennan Johnson was enough for Forest to move six points clear of the Yorkshire side.

Here MOT Leeds News rates the players out of ten for their performances in the East Midlands.

Illan Meslier – 6

A rash moment in the first half when he rushed out of his goal. Could not absolutely nothing with Johnson’s strike. Wasn’t a commanding and confident presence.

Luke Ayling – 5

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Was by no means Leeds’ worse defender. Dealt with most of his defensive duels and tried to get forward as much as he could. Solid afternoon’s work from Ayling.

Liam Cooper – 5

Kept the ball well and looked to play out as much as possible. Forest were content to stand off from Leeds and Cooper potentially passed backwards and sideways a little bit too much. A competent performance, nothing more.

Max Wober – 6

Tried his best to make things happen for Leeds and dealt with Chris Wood well. Was willing to take risks with his passing, which cannot be said for the rest of the backline.

Pascal Struijk – 1

That was an afternoon to forget for the Dutchman. He gave away a foul in the lead-up to Forest’s opener and made a ridiculous attempt at a clearance before Johnson fired the hosts ahead. Really poor performance. Struggling yet again in the left-back role. Was also lucky not to be shown a second yellow card.

Tyler Adams – 6

Tenacious as he always is but failed to really win the midfield battle. The American gave the ball away a couple of times and looked outnumbered. Potentially not entirely his fault, but not his finest display in the Leeds shirt.

Marc Roca – 4

Had to offer more in terms of support to Adams. Felt like the American was doing most of the hard work whilst Roca was going through the motions somewhat. Will have to up his performance levels after the arrival of Weston McKennie. Rightfully hooked off.

Willy Gnonto – 8

Exceptional once again, but Leeds United are now becoming far too reliant on the young Italian. He caused Serge Aurier all sorts of problems in the second half. He’s always eager to beat his man and also stood up well to the physical battle. Shouldn’t have been on the losing side.

Luis Sinisterra – 4

Really disappointing performance from the Colombian. Was a passenger for the first half and was hooked off in the second period for Crysencio Summerville. Missed a guilt edge chance in the first half.

Jack Harrison – 5

Marginally better than Sinisterra but still nothing to shout about for the winger. Had a couple of bright moments but didn’t influence the game enough. End product was poor.

Patrick Bamford – 3

That was a really tough watch. Bamford looked like a shadow of the player he once was. His touch was off and he looked slow and lethargic. Looks like a player devoid of confidence and well past his best.


Weston McKennie (on for Roca 57′) – 4

Crysencio Summerville (on for Sinisterra, 57′) – 5

Junior Firpo (on for Struijk, 67′) – 5

Georginio Rutter (on for Bamford 67′) – 5

Sam Greenwood (on for Harrison, 83′) – 5

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