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Monk praises Luke Ayling, says Pablo Hernandez suffered physically

Luke Ayling of Bristol City (R) in action with Paul Gallagher of Preston North End

Leeds United lost against Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday.

Arsenal youngsters Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling against Manchester CityKyle Bartley and Luke Ayling against Manchester City

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told BBC Radio Leeds that he was happy with the performance of Luke Ayling against Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

Ayling, who can play as a defender or as a defensive midfielder, featured for Leeds in the Championship game against Birmingham at home.

The 24-year-old, who recently joined the West Yorkshire outfit from Bristol City, started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes.

Monk was pleased with the shift put in by Ayling, and has suggested that the former Arsenal prospect did not deserve to end up in the losing team.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United head coach Garry Monk

“I thought he did very well,” Monk told BBC Radio Leeds when asked about Ayling’s performance. “It was difficult, you know, obviously coming in with a couple of days’ training, one day’s training.

“I thought he acquitted himself very well, probably one of the only players on the pitch who really had a good enough game to be unlucky to be on the losing side.”

  Passing Accuracy Tackles WonInterceptions WonBall RecoveryHeaders WonOutfielder BlockEffective Clearance
Luke Ayling 84% 5 3 5 0 2 0

Monk also gave his opinion on the performance of Pablo Hernandez against Birmingham.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who can play as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, started against the Blues and played for 86 minutes.

Swansea's Pablo HernandezPablo Hernandez at Swansea City

“I thought he did very well,” Monk told Radio Yorkshire when asked about Hernandez’s performance. “I think physically he suffered towards the last 20, 25 minutes of the game, or maybe a little bit earlier.”

  Passing Accuracy Tackles WonChances createdCrossing AccuracyDribbles WonShots on TargetGoal Assist
Pablo Hernández 73% 3 1 33% 1 0 0

Leeds were expected to win against Birmingham on Saturday afternoon, but the Whites slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

Birmingham took the lead at Elland Road on 15 minutes through Jacques Maghoma. Hadi Sacko equalised for the West Yorkshire outfit on 27 minutes, but Michael Morrison wrapped up the points for the visiting team 10 minutes into the second half.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United head coach Garry Monk

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