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Nigel Martyn has raved about Leeds United right-back Jamie Shackleton on BBC Radio Leeds (5:05pm, October 2, 2021) for his performance against Watford at Elland Road today.

The former Leeds goalkeeper believes that Shackleton was perfect for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in their win against Watford.

Leeds got the better of the Hornets in the Premier League this afternoon.

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Diego Llorente scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Martyn was following the match for BBC Radio Leeds, and he was impressed by right-back Shackleton as well as central defender Llorente.

Martyn said on BBC Radio Leeds (5:05pm, October 2, 2021): “Llorente coming back, he started the game very well and scored the goal, defended really. Shackleton, actually a right-back, did some really good things.”

The BBC pundit added about Shackleton: “It had everything bar one sloppy pass towards the end of the game when he was obviously a little bit tired.

“Everything else was absolutely perfect. He closed down well, he won the ball, he ran forward, got beyond the opposition full-back, got crosses in, won every tackle.”

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How did Jamie Shackleton play?

Shackleton started at right-back for Leeds and was brilliant defensively and did well when he went forward.

The 21-year-old, who can also operate as a central midfielder, kept Emmanuel Dennis quiet and looked very confident on the ball.

The youngster read the game well, did not go into rash challenges, and tried to push the team forward too.

The Leeds no.21 took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 82.5%, took 95 touches, attempted two dribbles, made four tackles, one interception and one clearance, and put in one cross.