Leeds player ratings v Nottingham Forest: 25-year-old gets 9/10
By Will Butcher
Football Insider rates the Leeds players after they secured a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night at Elland Road.
Rob Green 7 – Kept his 12th clean sheet of the season, but was largely untested in between the Elland Road sticks.
Luke Ayling 7 – Defensively solid as Forest’s quick wingers in Jamie Ward and Ben Osborn threatened from out wide. Covered centre-backs well when needed.
Pontus Jansson 8 – Returned to the squad with aplomb. Defensively astute, the Sweden international was given a round of applause for crunching tackle on Ben Osborn. Summed his no-nonsense performance up; huge part in the goal.
Kyle Bartley 7 – Solid as ever, as he and Jansson resumed their impressive partnership by keeping his 12th clean sheet of the season.
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Gaetano Berardi 6 – Was beaten in behind on numerous occasions. Leeds need Taylor back as soon as possible.
Eunan O’Kane 6 – The Ireland international looked rusty throughout, as he start his first game since November. Gave the ball away on numerous occasions and failed to form a relationship with Bridcutt.
Liam Bridcutt 7 – Made a number of important interceptions as he offered an extra defensive blanket ahead of the Yorkshire giants back four. Important touch to deny an Eric Lichaj finding the back of the net.
Kemar Roofe 7 – Spurned a number of chances, but looked lively on the right flank and got in behind Daniel Pinillos on multiple occasions.
Pablo Hernandez 7 – Had plenty of the ball and was at the centre of Leeds’ attacks, and finally provided the cutting edge as his corner was headed down by Jansson before Wood fired Leeds ahead.
Stuart Dallas 6 – Struggled to get involved after coming into the side in place of Souleymane Doukara, as the Northern Ireland international was well marshalled by Eric Lichaj.
Chris Wood 9 – Had goal disallowed in the first half, but the 25-year-old clocked up his 20th of the season as he smashed home in a rebound from Jansson’s knockdown.
Souleymane Doukara (On for Dallas, 72 mins) 8
Ronaldo Vieira (On for O’Kane, 75 mins) 7
Alex Mowatt (On for Hernandez, 80 mins) 6