Leeds United demonstrated a defensively determined display but succumbed to a late Aston Villa penalty as the Championship points were shared. Here's how Garry Monk's side rated in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park.
GK: Rob Green (8/10) – Helped Leeds’ defence cope with an early onslaught of Villa pressure, particularly via a useful save from a Jonathan Kodjia deflected strike after five minutes. The former England international remained hard to beat and made a handful of vital stops to deny Villa on their hunt for a goal. Could do very little to keep out Kodjia's late penalty strike to secure the draw.
RB: Luke Ayling (8/10) – Alert defending when executing a covering challenge, followed shortly after by a crucial block, to deny two of many first half opportunities for Villa. Ayling was one of Leeds’ better performers, as the full back also got forward whenever possible.
CB: Pontus Jansson (9/10) – A fantastic goal saving block in the first minute to deny Villa forward Kodjia, where the central defender appeared to injure himself in the process. Despite the knock, Jansson soldiered on for the remainder of the game and capped a fine showing by scoring the game’s opener on 53 minutes - before seeing a full volley clip the cross bar a fly over.
CB: Liam Cooper (7/10) – In the absence of Kyle Bartley, central defender Cooper was a more than capable replacement. Cooper won many an aerial battle and, in the midst of Villa pressure, paired well alongside Pontus Jansson at the heart of Leeds’ back line. With minutes remaining, Cooper foolishly raised his arm when challenging for a headed clearance - gifting Villa an equalising penalty in the process.
LB: Gaetano Beradi (7/10) – The duel with Villa’s Leandro Bacuna on Leeds’ left hand side was an interesting battle. Berardi managed to subdue the threat of Villa’s wide man with a typically combative display.
CM: Liam Bridcutt (6/10) – Lackadaisical in possession during the first half, including a poor pass to Berardi, which almost resulted in a Villa chance at goal. Aside from Bridcutt’s below par distribution, the Leeds captain was effective when shielding his defence and contributing to the midfield quagmire against Villa’s Mile Jedinak and Ashley Westwood. Booked for a cynical block on Bacuna. Replaced by Ronaldo Vieira for the final ten minutes.
CM: Kalvin Phillips (5/10) – Alongside Bridcutt, the energetic Phillips managed to frustrate and subdue Villa’s attacking endeavours and showed a resilient approach after a slow start. Not his finest showing in a Leeds shirt, but the 22-year-old's commitment to the cause was admirable.
RM: Hadi Sacko (6.5/10) – Struggled to make a significant impact on the game, with his main contribution to the first half being the concession of a careless foul, with the resulting free kick almost beating Green under his cross bar. Frustratingly for Leeds, Sacko grew into the game in the second period, but held on to the ball on too many occasions when in rare promising attacking positions. As with Berardi, Sacko’s duel with Villa’s left back Jordan Amavi was an interesting one-on-one battle throughout.
LM: Stuart Dallas (6/10) – The Northern Ireland international could not be faulted for his commitment on Leeds’ left flank. As with many of his teammates, Dallas put forth a tireless display in an attempt to subdue and then take the game to Villa. Dallas had the beating of direct opponent Alan Hutton, but did not endear himself with a disappointing dive in the second half, before being replaced by Pablo Hernadez (6/10) soon after.
AM: Kemar Roofe (6/10) – Despite efforts to get on the ball and take the game to Villa, Roofe just was not able to influence the encounter due to the home side's first half midfield dominance. Consequently, Roofe’s service and support to front man Doukara was minimal and the 23-year-old was switched from his central role to the left of midfield upon Hernandez’s introduction. Replaced by forward Chris Wood (6/10) for the final 25 minutes.
FW: Souleymane Doukara (7.5/10) – Deployed as a lone striker, Doukara was indeed alone with regularity, as Leeds were unable to provide the 25-year-old with ammunition from wide or central areas. Nevertheless, Doukara led the line well and occupied both Villa centre backs throughout the encounter.