Richard Sutcliffe delivers his verdict after Leeds United beat Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United in the Championship.
Brave block to deny Williams after he had been left isolated by poor Cooper pass. Had a much easier save from the same player later in the first half and then a quieter second 45 minutes until having to beat away a Manning shot.
Back to the form that made him such a bargain signing from Bristol City under Garry Monk. First goal in Leeds colours on his 78th appearance.
Did his best to make up the height disadvantage when up against Smith with a nudge here and a pull there. Rasping shot touched over by Rodak on the stroke of half-time.
Owed Peacock-Farrell a huge debt of gratitude for saving from Williams to spare his blushes after poor pass failed to find either the goalkeeper or Berardi.
Got forward well down the left flank. His pinpoint delivery from a corner led to the breakthrough in the scramble that followed.
Had an early shot that blazed well wide but not as influential as in his first two Championship outings.
Linked up well with Ayling but too often he couldn’t find that killer ball despite constantly asking questions of the Millers’ backline.
Always offers an ‘out-ball’ to a team-mate in trouble. Went close with a dipping shot that just cleared the crossbar before the break. Fortunate not to be booked for a mistimed slide challenge on Mattock.
Always a threat and came so close to getting the goal his skills merited when his shot was headed off the line in the second half. Substituted.
Struggled to make much of an impact despite seeing plenty of the ball. Close to touching in a cross at the back post.
Curled an early effort wide and then was unfortunate to see his drilled effort in the second half blocked by team-mate Saiz. Seemed to sum up his day until he netted United’s second goal with a searching run and fine finish.
Baker (for Saiz 80) -
Helped see the game out.
Bamford (for Roofe 86) -
Little chance to impress.
Jansson (for Klich 90) -
Very late introduction.
Dealt well with a swerving shot from Berardi shortly before the interval and saved well from Cooper in the build-up to the second goal. Beaten from a tight angle by Roofe for United’s second.
A good tussle with Alioski out wide and got through a mountain of work in defence.
Survived big shout for handball when clearing a Hernandez cross. Later, in the right place at the right time to head a Saiz shot off the line. Substituted.
Lack of pace horribly exposed for Leeds’ second goal as Roofe glided away from the defender, who tried in vain to pull off a last ditch tackle
Caught out a couple of times down his flank but kept going well, even when Leeds took control in the second half.
A big physical presence for the Millers and rarely strayed far from his patrolling area just in front of the back four. Later moved into the backline following a reshuffle.
Desperately unlucky not to put the visitors ahead with a rasping first half shot that struck the inside of the post. Booked for diving and could have few complaints.
Like Ajayi, he formed a solid barrier in front of the defence whenever Leeds had the ball. Long throw a useful weapon.
Tried to press the Leeds defence to offer support to Smith and also found sufficient space to hit a shot that flew over the crossbar. Substituted.
Great anticipation saw him intercept loose pass from Cooper but he should really have finished past Peacock-Farrell.
Isolated at times on his own up front but got through plenty of running and ensured the home defence never had a moment’s rest. Great hold-up play allowed team-mates to get forward in the first half. Substituted.
Manning (for Palmer 65) 6
Brought flying save from Peacock-Farrell.
Vassell (for Wood 76) -
Little chance to make a difference.
Proctor (for Smith 78) -
No repeat of midweek heroics.