Leeds United player ratings v Yeovil Town - New signing underwhelming

Ross McCormack preparing to take a penalty for Leeds United

Leeds United and Yeovil Town had to battle against treacherous conditions at Huish Park, with the Yorkshire side edging the competition two goals to one.

In what proved to be a game of very little quality, Leeds United's second half performance gave them the edge to pick up all three points, leaving Yeovil ruing their mistakes once more.

It was certainly a game of two halves and this was largely due to the wind conditions, which favoured whatever side was kicking towards the away end. Paddy Kenny had a torrid first-half trying to deal with the conditions, however, the goal scored by Ishmael Miller was simply a well worked corner. But the wind certainly didn't help Miller with the penalty, when his thumping shot crashed against the crossbar.

It was in fact Leeds United who learned to cope with the wind better out of the two sides and in the second half manipulated it to work for their advantage. The first goal scored by Ross McCormack was exquisite, leaving the keeper no chance. However, the wind really played a major part in Leeds United's winner. Stephen Warnock swung a high floated cross in that caught the wind perfectly and found itself in the top corner of the net.

Hard luck on Yeovil, but Leeds had the edge on them over the course of the game anyway, so it was arguably deserved.

Here are the Leeds United player ratings:

Paddy Kenny - 6

He may not have had the best game of his career but with the playing conditions in mind, he did well to concede just the one. In the end, it was a quiet game for the former Sheffield United keeper as the only Yeovil shot on target was the goal.

Stephen Warnock - 6

He scored Leeds United's winnner, however, at times I felt like he was playing limited and rushed football. A 58% pass completion statistic from the game, proves that he could have helped his team a bit more with more composure on the ball.

Jason Pearce - 8 - MOTM

I think Pearce just about edges Ross McCormack for the Man of the Match award as he provided a dominant defensive master class, making 11 effective clearances in the game, more than double of his central-defensive partner Tom Lees.

Tom Lees - 5

Had to cope through torrid conditions, but that cannot be an excuse for his very poor distribution. He recorded a pass completion of just 44% which proved to be one of the worst on the pitch. He was effective enough in the air, but at times thought he was still lacking a bit more substance.

Sam Byram - 5

Last season's Player of the Year looks a shadow of where he was this time last season and look of disappointment in himself when he gave away the penalty was for all to see. Despite that, he did produce a tidy display and kept the ball much better than his team mates but he does need to improve to get back to what he was before.

Alex Mowatt - 5

The talented youngster was completely washed aside by the conditions and his usual passing game was simply nulled by the wind. He made 19 touches and 6 accurate passes in 45 minutes, so it was no surprise when he was brought off for a more physical player.

Ruddy Austin - 6

If there was one player you would bank on enjoying the conditions, it would be midfield general Ruddy Austin. However, despite producing many good things in his display, he equaled them out with some erratic ones too. And by the end of the game had to be restrained by team-mates to avoid being sent off.

Luke Murphy - 6

He produced a much better display in the second half than the first, as he manage to get his stamp on the game a bit more. He constantly worked the middle of the pitch trying to create openings, but unfortunately couldn't add a bit more substance.

Cameron Stewart - 6

A hard-working performance by one of Leeds United's new boys as he tried to open up Yeovil directly on numerous occasions. There were obviously incidents in his play where he made the wrong decision and if he got his head up when running a bit more, he could have had a much bigger impact on the game.

Ross McCormack - 8

Ever-present striker Ross McCormack was at it again, creating and taking chances. He produced 4 goalscoring oppourtunties for his team mates and struck a staggering 8 shots at goal. A few occurrences came up where he should have done better with the chances he had, however, the goal he scored simply showed his brilliance once more.

Jimmy Kebe - 5

An under-whelming performance from the Frenchman who never looked really in the game, or like he wanted to be there. He touched the ball 40 times, making zero dribbles, creating no goalscoring opportunities and only one shot at goal, which was off target. After a slow start in Yorkshire, he will need to up his performances and his desire if he is to be successful at the club.

Matt Smith - 6

A tactical sub by Brian McDermott at half-time allowed Matt Smith to really threaten the Yeovil defence with his stature. The tall striker supported McCormack perfectly, showing a really good partnership forming for the Yorkshire club.

All in all, it wasn't a pretty game and Leeds fans' will be the first to admit that, however, in an attempt to get their season back on track they will happily take the three points and look forward to the next game in a confident mood.

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