Leeds United 3-4 Millwall Player Ratings: Morison a hero and villain

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Both Leeds United and Millwall had a knack of responding well to adversity on Saturday afternoon, but struggling to manage proceedings when they had the upper-hand. The result was an enthralling game that saw a red card, a dubiously disallowed goal from Jed Wallace and seven that stood, including a dramatic late winner from the same man. Here’s our Player Ratings from an end-to-end afternoon at Elland Road.

The Whites

Felix Wiedwald – might have got down to his right quicker for the opener – and to his left for Wallace’s goal that was disallowed – but could not be faulted too much for the following three goals, with two ruthless close-range strikes and one with a cruel deflection. His throwing was decent. 4

Gaetano Berardi – consistently fell asleep in the first half to allow Millwall players, typically O’Brien opportunities at the back-post, which was costly for the first two goals. In theoretically a more natural position, he should have done far better. 2
Liam Cooper – slipped once to allow Gregory a great chance before his terrible challenge on Saville saw him sent off, which ultimately had a huge impact on the game. 2
Pontus Jansson – not his usual commanding self in terms of leadership and allowed Gregory two very presentable chances in the first half. Had a good spell in the second half when he was consistently clearing balls at the near post, but not strong enough on the whole. 4
Laurens De Bock – had one or two bright moments in the first half – one quick throw-in that led to a chance and one quick run. We saw more of him in the early stages of the second half, when his cross was spilled by Archer in the lead-up to the second. 6

Kalvin Phillips – stole the ball to create Lasogga’s big chance early on, but his defensive positioning was questionable. Struggled in the midfield battle, though the red card didn’t help. 4
Ronaldo Vieira – moved to centre-back after the red card and Morison exposed his inexperience in that area for the second goal. That said, he hadn’t offered much in his more natural midfield position. 4

Ezgjan Alioski – when he was given the ball down the right, there were moments when he caused problems for Meredith. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t become a prominent influence on the game. 5
Kemar Roofe – not at the races in the first half but played a key role in Lasogga’s first goal with his run down the left and then managed to bundle the ball home for the second. Arguably shouldn’t have been taken off. 7
Pablo Hernandez – even when he’s not at his best, he can still conjure up something special: that delicate ball in for Lasogga’s golden chance early on, then a deceptive lay-off for the striker’s second goal. Very effective when Leeds had possession in the final third, less effective when they didn’t. 7

Pierre-Michel Lasogga – missed two glorious opportunities in the first half, the first a close-range header, the second a one-on-one shot, both of which were made for him. More than made up for that in the second period though, with one ruthless close-range finish and then a fine hit from outside the box. Always looked better when he had players close to him. 8

Matthew Pennington (on 43) – might have got closer to Elliott for the equalizer and guilty of backing off Wallace prior to the winner. 3
Stuart Dallas (on 74) – given a warm reception when he came on, but gave the ball away in the lead-up to the winner. 4
Conor Shaughnessy (on 83) – adding another defensive player in the closing stages did more harm than good. 4

The Lions

Jordan Archer – spilled the ball for Leeds’ second goal and couldn’t quite reclaim it in the melee. May be harsh to blame him too much for the other two goals but didn’t save Millwall when they were under the cosh. 3

Conor McLaughlin – struggled defensively at the start of the second half and didn’t give Millwall much of an attacking thrust. Positioning suspect on occasions. 4
Shaun Hutchinson – could have been better placed to deny Lasogga so much space for his early one-on-one chance, but hit the bar with a first half header. Arguably blameless for all three of the goals. 5
Jake Cooper – lost Lasogga on one or two occasions and got drawn out of position in the build-up to the first goal. An impressive knock-down for the equalizer though. 3
James Meredith – lacked the pace to truly stretch play but provided a solid platform for Aiden O’Brien to express himself in the first half. His struggles against Roofe for Leeds’ first goal led to Cooper being tempted out of position. 5

Jed Wallace – caught in possession in a dangerous area on one or two occasions, but was otherwise lively. Saw what would have been the opener dubiously ruled out, but he got his moment late on with his deflected winner. 8
Shaun Williams – the deepest of the four midfielders but was perhaps one of the players Harris might have hoped would provide more calmness and leadership during the spell of pressure Millwall faced at the start of the second half. 4
George Saville – liked to break forward in the first half and support attacks down the left channel. Seems incredible that he played 90 minutes despite suffering the terrible challenge from Cooper, which looked potentially very serious. 6
Aiden O’Brien – had three back-post chances in the first half and took the third after Morison’s cross. Faded somewhat at the start of the second period and was the first visiting player to be taken off. 6

Steve Morison – created the first goal with a fine cross to the back-post and the second after a powerful run. The veteran, who deliberately wound up home fans, isn’t the most liked man outside South Bermondsey but he is surprisingly quick for a player of his age and height. 9
Lee Gregory – did well to get in behind the centre-backs for his first half chance but rolled the ball wide when he should have lifted it. Never stopped running though and took Millwall’s second goal well. 7

Shane Ferguson (on 63) – overlapped well and gave Wallace the chance to cut inside from the left. Stretched play to draw the 10 men out, which Meredith hadn’t done in quite the same way. 8
Tom Elliott (on 66) – his pace and power made a huge difference, with a sniper-like strike for the equalizer. Looks like a very handy option to have off the bench and perhaps unlucky that Morison and Gregory’s names are embroidered in Lions folklore. 9
Mahlon Romeo – gave Millwall more pace and width down the right than McLaughlin and played a lovely ball from deep that led to the equalizer. 8