Player ratings as Whites Run Riot by Marcelo Bielsa
Leeds claimed their second victory in three days, putting West Brom to the sword 5-0 at the Hawthorns.
The game got off to an odd start when Romaine Sawyers scored a goal against her odd side. The former Brentford midfielder attempted a back pass to Sam Johnstone, not realizing the Baggies goalie was not between the sticks and therefore unable to keep the ball from nestling in the back of the net.
Leeds then doubled their lead on the half hour when Ezgjan Alioski threw a left-footed strike out of the post.
Visitors added two more before the break. First, Jack Harrison went to the zone, before playing a nice brace with Patrick Bamford and beating the house. Rodrigo’s strike – who took a bad deflection on Dara O’Shea – then made it 4-0.
After the break, West Brom managed to stem the tide until the 71st minute when Raphinha cut on the inside and completed an unstoppable effort in the top corner.
Here are the ratings of your players on both sides …
Sam Johnstone (GK) – 4/10 – He could do nothing for the first objective, nor for many others for that matter …
Darnell Furlong (RB) – 4/10 – Given a scorching time by Harrison throughout the proceedings.
Semi Ajayi (CB) – 3/10 – Far from his heroic performances against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Dara O’Shea (CB) – 3/10 – Unlucky to divert Rodrigo’s effort beyond Johnstone. I struggled to cope with Leeds’ incredible movement.
Lee Peltier (LB) – 4/10 – Shoehorned in the starting XI after Kieran Gibbs was injured in the warm-up. Did not do too frowned upon.
Romaine Sawyers (DM) – 2/10 – A horrible brainfart led to the own goal. Never recovered after that, regressing to become a full passenger in midfield.
Callum Robinson (RM) – 3/10 – Very much a spare. Has hardly had the opportunity to dribble.
Matt Phillips (CM) – 3/10 – Had 19 touches of the ball (central midfielder), before being substituted at half-time. Ineffective.
Conor Gallagher (CM) – 5/10 – Best midfielder of his team. The only one to offer Leeds serious resistance when they were on the counter.
Grady Diangana (LM) – 5/10 – The brightest – and only – spark of his team for the future. Dead bullet deliveries were decent.
Karlan Grant (ST) – 5/10 – Had 14 hits in an hour and no hits. In his defense, he was completely deprived of service.
Branislav Ivanovic – 5/10 – Adding solidity, but by the time he got there he was already 4-0.
Matheus Pereira – 5/10 – Barely touched.
Filip Krovinovic – N / A
Illan Meslier (GK) – 7/10 – Looked slightly uncertain on the crosses but made no mistakes.
Luke Ayling (CB) – 8/10 – Very well covered on the rare occasions the Baggies have threatened. Completed a three block game.
Kalvin Phillips (CB) – 9/10 – Mesmeric display. Strong defensively and also intervened in midfield to pulverize exceptional passes.
Pascal Struijk (CB) – 8/10 – Gobbled up West Brom’s long balls for fun, winning six aerial duels. Maybe lucky not to be penalized for a handball.
Raphinha (RM) – 9/10 – Scored his team’s goal pick in the second half. A fair reward for his tireless efforts.
Stuart Dallas (CM) – 8/10 – Full of energy. I had no problem passing to the right-back when requested by the Leeds press.
Mateusz Klich (CM) – 8/10 – Played part in the conquering Leeds press and occasionally drove with determination.
Ezgjan Alioski (CM) – 8/10 – Superb goal for Leeds’ second goal. Made even better by cutting the post on entering.
Jack Harrison (LM) – 9/10 – Shown quick and calm to score in the first half. Impressive everywhere.
Rodrigo (AM) – 8/10 – A lucky deflection allowed him to score. Took promising positions in the hole, which helped his team separate West Brom.
Patrick Bamford (ST) – 8/10 – Will be disappointed not to score, but managed to save smart help.
Jamie Shackleton – 7/10 – Inserted seamlessly after turning on.
Pablo Hernandez – 6/10 – Not as heroic as some of his other recent substitute appearances, but he played his part.
Helder Costa – N / A