Leeds 1-0 Derby Player Ratings: vigorous Vieira

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Chris Wood’s first half header saw Leeds United cap a dominant display with a 1-0 win over Derby County. But which players stood out?

Leeds United

Rob Green – did well to tip over Roofe’s shot just before half time, but one of the more minor factors behind the clean sheet. 6

Lewie Coyle – appeared willing to sacrifice territory for safety, but his caution was well-placed when he halted Vydra’s counter-attacking run. One or two tidy combinations with Roofe in the first half without being a common attacking outlet. 6
Luke Ayling – one marauding run early in the second half gave Leeds an element of control further up the pitch. Composed in possession. 8
Kyle Bartley – one unnecessary foul early in the second half. Steady but rarely forced into battles with Bent or other Derby forwards. 7
Gaetano Berardi – did the simple things well. Could have got forward more, particularly in the first half. 6

Liam Bridcutt – sat back bar one first half shot that forced a save from Carson. Quietly effective, without having his defensive qualities stretched too much. 7
Ronaldo Vieira – tireless performance. Pressed far enough up the pitch to challenge the goalkeeper on occasion. Won his duels with Hughes in the second half. 9
Pablo Hernandez – deliveries in the first half caused Derby problems. In open play, he weaved away from challengers like a bar of soap. 9

Kemar Roofe – won two early free-kicks off De Sart. Brought players into the game whilst making intelligent runs that Hanson and others struggled to deal with. 8
Chris Wood – caused problems with his height, physicality and clever first touch to create space for forward running midfielders. Impressive header to win it. 8
Souleymane Doukara – when he cut inside from the left, his physicality made it hard for opponents to win the ball off him effectively, which gave Leeds some control in the opposing half. 7

Stuart Dallas (on 79) – made some good off the ball runs and forced Johnson into a challenge that got the Derby midfielder sent off. 6
Alex Mowatt (on 87)

Derby County

Scott Carson – forced into a lot of saves in the first half and did well to keep Derby level for so long. 8

Chris Baird – lacked the pace required to provide width and get Derby further up the pitch. Took too many touches. 3
Jason Shackell – did little to challenge fans who thought Pearce should have started ahead of him. 4
Richard Keogh – decent performance. Battled well with Wood in the first half. Suffered from a lack of movement ahead of him in possession. 6
Jamie Hanson – struggled with the movement of Roofe and Hernandez, while offering no contributions in possession. Played out of position and it showed. 2

Bradley Johnson – needed to use his physicality more and help the front men press. Used it too much late on when he was sent off for a challenge on Dallas. 3
Julien De Sart – conceded two free-kicks against Roofe early on and gifted the wide men possession with a woeful backwards defensive header. Withdrawn at half-time. 2
Craig Bryson – grew frustrated on occasion and gave away silly fouls, but he seemed to care more than other players. Has the desire but since his injury, maybe not the legs. 4

Tom Ince – the opposite of Bryson. His sporadic attacking runs led to Derby’s better moments, including their first shot on target before the break and Vydra’s chance. During the bits in between those moments, he was a passenger. 4
Darren Bent – there were times when he pressed the defence, but was let down by a lack of supporting runs behind him. Rarely involved through little fault of his own. 5
Abdoul Camara – ran into traffic with the ball, away from traffic without it. Positional bearings were non-existent. 2

Will Hughes (on 45) – when he was played the ball to feet, which he was at the beginning and end of the second half, he created openings. When he was asked to scrap for the ball, he did not have the physicality required. 6
Matej Vydra (on 45) – harried the opposing defence early in the second half and used his pace to break on one occasion, but starved of service. 5
David Nugent (on 68) – a player known for professionalism and work rate, yet made no impact with no support. His 22 minute cameo put Bent’s performance into some context. 5

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