Blackburn Rovers 1 Leeds United 3 - Player ratings

LEEDS UNITED ensured they stayed six points clear in the Championship's automatic promotion places with a 3-1 win at Blackburn Rovers.

PINPOINT: Kalvin Philips celebrates after netting a direct free-kick for Leeds United. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
PINPOINT: Kalvin Philips celebrates after netting a direct free-kick for Leeds United. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich were all on target for the Whites as part of a frantic game a Ewood Park that saw Leeds move four points ahead of West Brom at the top of the division.

Here are the match ratings.

Illan Meslier, 7: Sharp when he had to be, other than the goal - for which he had little to no chance - was rarely troubled.

FOCUS: Kalvin Philips curls in Leeds United's second goal at Blackburn Rovers.

Luke Ayling, 8: Plenty of clever play to win free-kicks or keep possession. Got forward well, created chances.

Liam Cooper, 8: A short rocky period early on aside, dealt well with a varied Rovers attack, particularly the physical side.

Ben White, 9: A joy to watch. Intercepted, pressed high up the pitch, ran the ball out well.

Barry Douglas, 8: Tidy, composed, showed quality in the final third when he got forward.

OPENER: Patrick Bamford celebrates putting Leeds United ahead. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Kalvin Phillips, 8: The free-kick was the highlight but his overall performance was good. Shielded the ball well, moved it well, won free-kicks.

Mateusz Klich, 8: Played a full part in some lovely passing moves, dangerous in and around the box, deserved a goal.

Jack Harrison, 7: A threat on the right, more effective as the game opened up and kept Rovers on their heels in the second half.

Gjanni Alioski, 7: Another solid display. Disciplined when he had to be, but ran at Rovers constantly.

STEP CLOSER: Leeds United solidified their place in the automatic promotion places. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Tyler Roberts, 7: Showed some nice touches to motor away from challenges. At his best running directly at Rovers.

Patrick Bamford, 8: Took his first chance, hit the post, a foul denied him a clear goalscoring opportunity, worked his socks off.

Substitutes: Pablo Hernandez (Roberts 61) 8.

Jamie Shackleton (Klich 89) N/A.

Subs not used: Miazek, Davis, Stevens, Berardi, Gotts, Poveda, Struijk.

Blackburn Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Bennett (Downing 21), Rothwell (Buckley 68), Travis (Davenport 68), Johnson, Gallagher (Graham 60), Holtby (Samuel 60), Armstrong. Subs not used: Leutwiler, Chapman, Mulgrew, Carter.