Cooper or Warnock? - Leeds United's best defender v Fulham

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Who do you think was Leeds United's best defender against Fulham?

Leeds were unable to repeat the clean sheet they recorded in their previous home game against Derby, losing 1-0 to Fulham.

A goal from Hugo Rodallega was the difference between the two sides languishing in the bottom half of the Championship table.

With defender Giuseppe Bellusci injured, Neil Redfearn's decision to partner Liam Cooper with Jason Pearce was a straightforward one.

  MatchWon TacklesInterceptionsAerial Duels WonAccurate CrossesShots Blocked AssistsGoalsTotalMins Played
Liam Cooper Leeds vs Fulham 4 5 3 0 0 0 0 12 90
Stephen Warnock Leeds vs Fulham 5 2 2 2 1 0 0 12 89
Sam Byram Leeds vs Fulham 1 3 3 3 0 0 0 10 90
Jason Pearce Leeds vs Fulham 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 7 90

Cooper went onto show why it is he rather than Pearce that has been the mainstay in recent games, recording five interceptions - one less than the rest of the defence combined.

Adding up a number of key attributes from the contest, Cooper and Warnock come out both ranked as the club's best defenders in the 1-0 loss.

Warnock picked up an injury late on in the contest, and faces a scan to see how long he will be out for.

The best defender in the match could arguably be neither of them, but Sam Byram instead. The full-back made more passes in the final third than he has done in any game this season and was singled out for praise by Neil Redfearn after the game.

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