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7 aerial duels, 3 interceptions - Leeds' Cooper impresses in Pearce's absence

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper did a decent job in the absence of captain Jason Pearce.

Liam Cooper was handed the difficult tasking of replacing Leeds United captain Jason Pearce for the match against Charlton Athletic last night.

Pearce was suspended for the game after picking up a booking against Cardiff City last weekend, which gave Cooper a chance to step into the back four.

One of the problems, which has troubled the Leeds defence this season has been inconsistency of team selection, which makes it difficult for a team to gel and become consistent.

However, Cooper is an extremely talented player and someone who is putting Pearce and Giuseppe Bellusci under a lot of pressure as he fights for a more regular place in the side.

Here’s a look at his stats from last night.

  PositionTeamAerial WonInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Liam Cooper DF Leeds 7 3 1 90

90.3% - His passing accuracy during the game. Alex Mowatt and Casper Sloth bettered him in this area, as did Brian Montenegro (Who played for just one minute), but he protected the ball well.

7 – The number of aerial duels he won during the game which was more than any other Leeds player.

45 – The number of touches he had during the game, which was the lowest number out of the Leeds back four.

11 – The number of clearances he made during the game, which was more than any other Leeds player.

3 – The number of interceptions he made, which, along with Bellusci, was the joint highest for Leeds.

In conclusion, he did a great job and stands a great chance of retaining his place ahead of the Blackpool match this weekend.

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