Solid Jansson, Influential Forshaw – The best and the worst-rated players as Leeds succumb to 1-2 loss to Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United’s woes continue, as they saw their winless run extend to four games after getting beaten 2-1 by local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday.
After 71 minutes of play with no goal, Sheffield Wednesday managed to break the deadlock, as Atdhe Nuhiu hit home a rebound after Adam Reach’s effort had hit the woodwork. With just four minutes of normal time left to play, substitute Jay-Ray Grot headed home from close range to bring Leeds back on level terms.
But the parity did not last long as Nuhiu once again punished Leeds’ sloppiness at the back, calmly slotting past the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation in the 91st minute, to clinch the Yorkshire derby in the Owls’ favour.
The result meant Leeds slipped down to the 14th position in the Championship table and here’s how we rated the performances of the Whites’ players on the day;
Leeds United Player Ratings
Bailey Peacock-Farrell – 7/10
Once again a bright spot for Leeds, the youngster seems to be growing in confidence with each match. Made two good stops to deny Reach in the first period and looked solid against set-pieces.
Gaetano Berardi – 6/10
Showed good intent and drive on the right-hand side and backed himself to score as was seen with his two decent efforts at goal.
Pontus Jansson – 6/10
Once again busy at the back, the Swede marshalled the defence throughout and did well to keep the Owls at bay for large phases of the game.
Matthew Pennington – 5.5/10
Having been decent for most of the game, the youngster once again showed his erroneous side as he gave away the ball to Nuhiu leading to the Owls’ winner.
Tom Pearce – 5/10
Making his debut for the senior side, the 19-year old seemed to be caught out by the pace of the game and did not seem comfortable at all. His performance improved after the break but the step-up was clearly difficult when compared to the U-23s. Subbed.
Eunan O’Kane – 6/10
Continues to be the scapegoat for the poor form but the Irishman wasn’t all that bad on Saturday against Wednesday. May not have been spectacular but he stuck to his task and was fairly efficient.
Adam Forshaw – 7/10
The former Middlesbrough man was once again the stand-out performer for the Whites. He kept trying to drive his team forward from the central areas while helping out defensively.
Gjanni Alioski – 6.5/10
Was a bright spot in the first period as he tried to get forward at every possible occasion. Did create a few dangerous moments but his teammates failed to capitalize.
Pablo Hernandez – 6.5/10
Did not start all that well but improved with the game. Tried to make things happen but was let down by his teammates on a number of times. Set up the goal for Grot late in the game.
Stuart Dallas – 5/10
Worked really hard down the left-hand side but he clearly lacks the quality end product that Leeds so much craved on the day.
Caleb Ekuban – 4/10
Should have given Leeds the lead in the first period, but missed. Offers a lot of mobility at the top, but his finishing continues to let down. Another disappointing outing.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 6/10
Replaced Ekuban in the 69th minute. Did cause a few issues for the Owls. Fired a late free-kick wide.
Jay-Ray Grot – 6.5/10
On for Pearce with less than 15 minutes left. Scored his first goal nodding home from close to pull Leeds back into the game.