Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa Player Ratings: Impressive Chester

Jansson heads in the opener – dailystar.co.uk

Substitute Henri Lansbury’s second half strike cancelled out Pontus Jansson’s first half header as Leeds United drew 1-1 with Aston Villa at Elland Road. Here’s our Player Ratings from the game.

Leeds United

Felix Wiedwald – every shot was hit straight at him bar the goal, for which it may be harsh to blame him too much. Good distribution. 5

Luke Ayling – sometimes drifted into central areas to help sustain pressure, especially early on. Although he wasn’t outstanding, he never looked likely to make the kind of mistake he did against Reading, which would hint at steady recovery from a bad patch of form. 6
Liam Cooper – defended stoutly and came close with a header before half-time, then saw another header ruled out for offside on the hour mark. 8
Pontus Jansson – scored the opener on 18 minutes after getting ahead of Samba and was imperious in the air. However, he did give the ball away and slip in the build-up to the equalizer. 7
Gaetano Berardi – after the first 15 minutes, he completely nullified Snodgrass’ attacking threat and was first to a lot of loose balls. Doesn’t provide much width though – Christiansen appears to like his full-backs to support central midfielders, rather than fly down the touchline. 6

Ronaldo Vieira – an all-action performance in the first half that saw him often push into the final third. Unlike some of his teammates, his energy and enthusiasm didn’t drop after the break. 7
Kalvin Phillips – always picked up second balls in the first half, but seemed to disappear when Leeds came under the cosh midway through the second half. If he wants to be a Premier League midfielder, he can’t just play well when all his teammates are. 5

Ezgjan Alioski – worked hard and held the width on the right in the first half, but struggled to influence proceedings in the final third. Possibly should have gone on the end of a right-sided cross just before the hour mark. 3
Samuel Saiz – drifted into right into pockets of space vacated by Hernandez in the first and late on he was trying to single-handedly engineer attacks. However, he was also a tad shot-shy and didn’t always match lively movement with an end product. 4
Pablo Hernandez – some good movement into wide areas to create space for others. Showed some nice touches and delivered an excellent left-sided corner for the opener. Leeds missed his composure in possession when he went off just before the interval. 7

Caleb Ekuban – always had the beating of Samba down the left channel, as we saw in the build-up to the opener, but his final ball and decision making was mixed. Didn’t offer enough in the second half to merit a positive score. 4

Kemar Roofe (on 42) – Hutton would have been more fearful of a direct winger, but that’s not Roofe’s game. 3
Hadi Sacko (on 83)
Jay-Roy Grot (on 90+4)

Aston Villa

Sam Johnstone – conceded from his only shot on target and could have been braver to come for the corner, rather than stay on his line.

Alan Hutton – one or two powerful runs down the right, though one breakaway pass reached Adomah through luck more than judgement. Never been the most gifted footballer in the world but his passion might have been a factor behind the second half turnaround. 6
Chris Samba – always looked vulnerable to Ekuban’s pace when Hutton got caught upfield. Didn’t enjoy being pulled out into wide areas, but grew more comfortable after the break. 5
James Chester – bailed out Samba on more than one occasion and had the capacity to get out of tight areas through his composure. Part of the reason Villa weren’t out of sight by the hour mark. 9
Neil Taylor – one uncharacteristically bold first half run set up a breakaway opportunity for Davis, but he generally stayed close to Chester to deny space in behind. 6

Glenn Whelan – covered all bases in the defensive third and put in a number of strong challenges in. Alongside Chester, he was one of the few players who held them together while they were under the cosh. 7
Conor Hourihane – more technically gifted than he showed and looked a little off the pace. It’s not the greatest indication of his performance that Villa didn’t play well until he left the field. 3

Robert Snodgrass – some nice movement early on but his involvement in an attacking sense was reduced when Leeds took controlled. Always looked up for the scrap, sometimes overly so. 4
Josh Onomah – didn’t attempt a single dribble in 65 minutes on the pitch. For Villa to have a chance of getting ahead, they needed him to carry the ball up the pitch. 3
Albert Adomah – it seems questionable that a player who has scored five goals in his last three was normally closer to his own box than the opposition’s. He negated Alioski’s threat and didn’t do the defensive side of things badly, but he’s capable of so much more. 3

Keinan Davis – he doesn’t have Kodjia’s individual ability to run with the ball at pace and try to score goals on his own, which made it hard for a selfless striker like him in this type of game. Because the midfield was often so far away from him, he couldn’t hold the ball up for others as he normally does well. 2

Jack Grealish (on 65) – added some energy and intent to Villa’s play and slipped the through ball for the equalizer. 8
Henri Lansbury (on 65) – took his goal superbly. He and Grealish might just have played their way into next week’s starting line-up. 9
Ahmed Elmohammady (on 90+1)