Leeds United beat Bristol City 1-0 as the Whites ended a run of three games without a win with one player going under the radar with his performance.
The game was decided just 16 minutes into the first half when Luke Ayling smashed home the opening goal as chaos ensued in the Robins’ penalty box (via BBC). Lee Johnson’s side did have the opportunity to equalise in the second half as Nakhi Wells rippled the side netting after being played through by Famara Diedhiou. Marcelo Bielsa’s team had chances to extend their lead further with Jack Harrison and Helder Costa missing opportunities.
Ayling enjoyed a sensational game for the Yorkshire outfit, putting in a great display on the right flank. As well as scoring the winning goal, the London-born defender made the joint-most tackles (3), played the joint-most accurate long balls (5) and the third-most passes (67) in his side (via WhoScored).
However, the unsung hero proved to be Liam Cooper, who managed to go unnoticed with his performance at the heart of the defence. Indeed, his display was a sight to behold as the captain won a staggering eight aerial duels, made the most interceptions (3), the joint-most clearances (3) and completed the second-most passes (70) within his team.
Leeds Live agreed with this assessment of his performance as they gave him a seven out of 10, commenting on his leadership at the back. They said: “Organised and mopped up anything which came through to him, although it was limited. One telling tackle on Andreas Weimann stood out in the first half, which denied a one on one.” (Source: Leeds Live)
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