Leeds player ratings vs Doncaster: Austin atrocious, Pearce pivotal

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We take a look at how each player performed individually as the damage is assessed in light of another defeat for Leeds United, this time at the hands of Doncaster Rovers.

After 2-1 defeat game, manager Brian McDermott labelled his side's first-half performance as 'embarrassing' and 'difficult to watch'.

These views prompted him into making some much-needed changes. Leeds proved to be a touch better in the second-half, nevertheless, the damage was already done, both mentally and physically.

We take a look at each player individually and whether they're helping or hindering Leeds United's progress.

Jack Butland - 4/10

The Stoke City goalkeeper has found it difficult to endear himself to the Leeds United faithful since his move, largely due to conceding on average 2.4 goals a game. This encounter, however, proved to be one of his worst with poor kicking through-out and should have perhaps done better for the goals.

Sam Byram - 5/10

Started slowly, much like the whole team in the first-half, grew in confidence in the second-half and showed glimpses of the player he was last season.

Jason Pearce - 6/10

The former Portsmouth centre-back was once again the stand-out defender for Leeds United, which in truth wasn't that difficult, in what was a poor team display.

Tom Lees - 5/10

An okay performance from a player who has underwhelmed for much of the season, not by any stretch a performance to hold his head up for, but definitely not the worst on the pitch.

Danny Pugh - 3/10

A poor performance from a player that is already finding it hard to endear himself to supporters. A poor start, followed by a not much quicker finish.

Rodolph Austin - 2/10

A really poor performance from a player that was once named Leeds United captain, rightfully pulled off at half-time and replaced with Michael Tonge, who proved to be a huge improvement.

Luke Murphy - 4/10

Another one that was brought off at half-time for being decidedly average. I don't think he was quite as bad as his midfield partner, but at the same time, he was still disappointing.

Cameron Stewart - 7/10

Perhaps his best performance in a Leeds United shirt to date, unfortunately for him, it was a day where the majority of his teammates decided not to show up. Nevertheless, still a small positive from a poor display.

Alex Mowatt - 5/10

Another slow starter that improved as the game grew on. I thought his impact was never that threatening and in truth, his contribution to the team was minor in the grand scheme of things.

Matt Smith - 7/10

He made the assist for the goal, he worked hard and battled well with a burly Doncaster defence. The service towards him could have been far more creative and better thought-out but generally did well with what he was given.

Ross McCormack - 8/10 - MOTM

If there is one man in the Leeds United side that gives the fans any reason to remain positive, it is their captain. Another hard-working display that produced another goal for him. 27 league goals for the season, it makes you wonder where Leeds would be without him.

Substitutes:

Aidy White - 7/10 - Breath of fresh air, good performance.

Michael Tonge - 6/10 - Made things simple and allowed Leeds to build their attacks up better.

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