88% pass accuracy, three chances created: Key-man drives Leeds into top 6

Leeds United

Ross McCormack wowed supporters in their match against Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, scoring and creating the goals that have put Leeds United in the top six.

Leeds United ran-away 3-0 winners in their match against local rivals Doncaster Rovers, despite only registering 37% of the possession and less of the chances.

It was a real smash and grab from Brian McDermotts team that stunned a Doncaster Rovers side that could were left blasting their finishing in front of goal and incompetence at the back.

Leeds favoured the long ball in the game, with 25% of their passes going direct from back to front. Doncaster tried a more slick style of play with 80% of their passes being short, and also clocked up 195 more passes than their opponents. The pass success rate of which was also much better for Doncaster than it was for Leeds, who had one of the worst pass accuracy stats in the league on the day with just 64% of their passes finding the intended target. 

Bizarrely, the Leeds United player to have the THIRD most touches in their side on the afternoon was goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

So, you could argue the statistic generally point in the favour of Doncaster Rovers, despite the scoreline suggesting the complete opposite. This was largely due to Leeds United's key man Ross McCormack being completely on his game, and in periods of the match unplayable.

The former Cardiff City striker created three goalscoring opportunities, one of which was turned in by Rodolph Austin to finalise their scoring in the 3-0 win.

He also had three successful dribbles, and three shots in an impressive offensive performance that was of a match-winning standard.

He also registered the second most touches in a Leeds United shirt, three more than goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and six less than central defender Tom Lees. He had the best passing accuracy out of any player on the pitch with 88% of his 25 passes finding their intended target.

In what probably wasn't their best performance of the season, they could still rely on their star man to come up with the goods when asked and drive them on to victory!

image: © Chris Robertshaw

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