Leeds United 0 Aston Villa 1 - player ratings

So impressive against Southampton in midweek, Leeds United just did not have an encore in them at home to Aston Villa.

They were not dreadful but nor are the Premier League new boys good enough - or on Saturday night lucky enough - to claim three points when below their best.

Chief football writer Stuart Rayner assesses the individual performances.

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Illan Meslier – made a couple of good saves from Anwar El Ghazi to keep it at 1-0 7

LATE CHANCE: Leeds United winger Raphinha

Luke Ayling – struggled with El Ghazi early on and never able to rampage forward 5

Diego Llorente – one brilliant recovery after being outmuscled by Ollie Watkins 6

Liam Cooper – played El Ghazi on for the goal 6

Stuart Dallas – switched to midfield in the second half 6

Pascal Struijk – for the second time this season, substituted when asked to anchor the midfield. Last time he was a liability withdrawn very early, this time more just ineffective 5

Helder Costa – deserved his selection for his midweek performance but failed to justify it 6

Tyler Roberts – a disappointing performance as the attacking midfielder 5

Mateusz Klich – anchored the midfield when Struijk went off, he has not at his best lately in a tough season 6

Raphinha – one first-half surge of pace must have scared the life out of Ahmed Elmohamady but Villa were able to keep him at bay 7

Patrick Bamford –slipped at a crucial moment in the opening minute and had little to work with thereafter 6.


Ezgjan Alioski (for Struijk, 53) – came on and did a decent enough job 5

Jack Harrison (for Costa, 64) – Raphniha should have converted his late cross 6

Pablo Hernandez (for Roberts, 71) – a deflected shot and an uncharacteristically poor late touch 5.

Not used: Casilla, Davis, Gelhardt, Cresswell, Jenkins, Huggins.

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