Player ratings: Silvestri and Bamba shine as Leeds survive Middlesbrough onslaught

How the Leeds players rated during a superb 1-0 win over Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough.

Marco Silvestri - 9/10

The Leeds United goalkeeper was simply sensational, not letting Middlesbrough put anything past him. The Italian has looked shaky in the air in recent months but today did what he does best with plenty of stunning reflex saves.

Charlie Taylor - 7/10

Sometimes left the left flank open but did his best against a rush of Middlesbrough attacks. The Leeds defence as a whole were superb today and Taylor once again performed admirably for one so young.

Sol Bamba - 9/10

Leeds' signing of the season? The centre-back was simply immense, defying belief with some of his last-ditch tackles.

Giuseppe Bellusci - 8/10

Another important member of a heroic back line, especially when he made a first-half clearance off the line. Whenever the Italian erred, Bamba came to his rescue. That's what is defining this back four right now: the strong partnership at its heart.

Scott Wootton - 7/10

Occasionally gave the ball away but, like Taylor, did his bit at the back. Also hit the bar with a second-half header.

Luke Murphy - 6.5/10

Didn't necessarily stand out as much against Middlesbrough but perhaps due to his own standards being raised in recent weeks. Delivered a great free-kick for Wootton's header onto the bar.

Alex Mowatt - 7/10

Appears to have settled into his role at left midfield and, without the 20-year-old's goal, Leeds quite simply couldn't have won the game.

Lewis Cook - 7/10

Another youngster to impress, the 18-year-old teed Mowatt up for the winner and controlled the game in the very early stages from midfield.

Rudy Austin - 7/10

Praised for his strength and power, Austin worked typically hard defensively and was lively going forward, if not always 100 per cent effective.

Sam Byram - 6.5/10

Threatened on the break, especially with a second-half cross that almost brought about a second late on for Leeds, although this wasn't his liveliest game of the Championship campaign by some distance.

Steve Morison - 6.5/10

Worked hard as always and helped out both in defence and attack - everything Neil Redfearn wants form him. Starved of service somewhat against Middlesbrough, though, this was never going to be the day the target man broke his recent goalscoring duck.


Liam Cooper also came on in the 91st minute to help withstand more Boro pressure during a good few minutes of injury time.

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