By Danny Wright
Leeds United ensured Garry Monk of an unhappy return to Elland Road with a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough on Sunday to halt their slump down the Championship table.
Goals either side of the break from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski earned Thomas Christiansen and his men a much-needed three points to end what has been an awful spell of form since September.
The Whites took the lead through Hernandez in the 24th minute after the Spaniard latched on to the end of a glancing header from Kalvin Phillips.
Alioski’s tame cross was moved into the path of the on-rushing Hernandez, who slammed the ball into the back of the Boro goal.
Hernandez was involved again for the second half when his low cross found Alioski at the back post to double the lead.
Luke Ayling gave away a penalty for hauling Daniel Ayala to the ground in the box despite looking to have been fouled himself, which Britt Assombalonga tucked away.
Leeds hung on to victory though and as a result moved up to seventh in the Championship standings, level on points with sixth-placed Boro.
Here, Football Insider rates the players out of 10 for their performances against the Riversiders.
Click ‘2’ below to see how we rated Leeds’ stars v Middlesbrough