Leeds will spend yet another year in the Championship after losing their play-off semi-final 4-3 on aggregate to Derby.The Whites went into the tie
Leeds will spend yet another year in the Championship after losing their play-off semi-final 4-3 on aggregate to Derby.
The Whites went into the tie holding a 1-0 advantage and stretched their lead when Stuart Dallas tapped home after Kalvin Phillips free-kick had hit the post.
The Rams levelled through substitute Jack Marriott following a mix-up between Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper before Mason Mount scored seconds after the break.
Harry Wilson’s penalty made it 3-1 on the night but Dallas scored again – seemingly sending the tie to extra time – only for Gaetano Berardi’s red card to tip the balance again and Marriott’s second goal sealed Derby’s spot at Wembley.
Express Sport have rated how the Leeds players performed against Derby, but do you agree?
Leeds United player ratings vs Derby County – Championship play-of semi-final
GK: Kiko Casilla – 2
Started off badly and got worse.
Indecisive under crosses and desperate to come for everything in his sweeper-keeper role, sparking panic throughout his defenders.
Got in a horrible mix-up with Cooper for Derby’s opener and had further calamities with Berardi before arguably going down too soon for Mount’s goal.
RB: Luke Ayling – 7
Carried the ball bravely and galloped up and down the wing to good effect.
Shooting was wayward but his energy can’t be doubted and the right-back was one of Leeds’ steadier performers.
CB: Gaetano Berardi – 3
Looked reasonably solid alongside Cooper for the opening hour, bar a couple of nervy moments with Casilla.
Then got himself in trouble when he overran the ball in midfield, taking chunks out of a couple of opponents as he tried to make amends and picking up an inevitable red card.
CB: Liam Cooper – 5
Would have been much happier is Casilla had just stayed on his line all night.
Inadvertently played Marriott in for the Rams’ first and was given a tough workout by the visitor’s attack, conceding the penalty with a needless pull-back.
LB: Stuart Dallas – 9
A brilliant performance from the winger, playing out of position at left-back.
Defended solidly and got forward at every opportunity, popping up at the back post to tap in the opener before scoring a brilliant second, cutting in from the left and curling home.
Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
CDM: Kalvin Phillips – 7
Did his best to provide a measure of control at the base of midfield, using his physicality to disrupt Derby.
His set-piece delivery caused problems while his defensive work-rate was vital in the opening half, although struggled as the game got stretched.
RM: Pablo Hernandez – 7
A difficult match for the Spaniard, who showed flashed of class but was targeted by some robust defending in the opening exchanges.
Had few clear-cut chances, with his best effort blocked by the sliding Scott Malone, and will have been frustrated as his team-mates struggled to read his intentions.
CM: Jamie Shackleton – 6
A mature performance from the teenager in central midfield, dovetailing well with Klich as Leeds dominated the opening half.
Drifted out of the game as it grew more fractious.
CM: Mateusz Klich – 8
Relieved the pressure with his forward runs, providing an outlet for his team-mates and occupying the Derby rearguard.
Perfectly suited to a scrappy, niggly match and looked at home throwing his weight around while he also provided a vital touch for Dallas’ second.
LM: Jack Harrison – 5
Started brightly with some dangerous deliveries but often hit the first man as the game wore on.
Involved in the build-up to Dallas’ second but was flagging in defence.
ST: Patrick Bamford – 5
Busy evening for the striker, who angered the Derby defenders with some of his theatrics.
Walked a fine line with some of his tackles while on a yellow card after going in the book for simulation, and pushed his best chance past the post.
SUB: Jack Clarke (on for Klich, 85 mins) – N/A
SUB: Isaiah Brown (on for Bamford, 87 mins) – N/A