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Unsung hero: Stuart Dallas continues to show how important he is to Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa

Unsung hero: Stuart Dallas continues to show how important he is to Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa - Championship

Leeds United’s torrid time in London continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Millwall on Saturday afternoon, leaving them with just one win in the capital out of their last 17 matches, according to Twitter account LUFCDATA.

The Whites were reduced to ten men for the majority of the match when Gaetano Berardi was shown a controversial red card inside the first 15 minutes – a situation that the Lions made the most of.

Jed Wallace managed to score the resulting penalty kick before Tom Bradshaw doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Ezgjan Alioski looked to get the visitors back into the game, however Marcelo Bielsa’s side were unable to improve on their rather poor record when playing football in England’s capital (Sky Sports).

The defeat meant the Elland Road outfit would have to make do with fifth position in the Championship table and two points behind co-leaders West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest after 11 games because of some rather indifferent form (BBC).

Whilst there were not many positives to take from the loss to Millwall, Stuart Dallas’ performance was, perhaps, one of the only highlights that Bielsa and his side could possibly take from the match.

The Northern Ireland international has been nothing short of impressive for Leeds this season and has been rewarded with praise by his manager, as well as a new long-term contract (club’s official website).

Indeed, the 28-year-old has had a solid campaign in the first-team for the Argentine, as he has managed to achieve averages of 1.7 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.4 clearances when utilised as a defender, whilst he has tried to make things happen in the final third as well with averages of one key pass per game and a pass percentage rate of 80.5% (WhoScored).

Thus, it may be no surprise that the versatile international had another substantial outing, despite being unable to help prevent the defeat.

Starting the game as a central midfielder in the absence of Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw, Dallas had to move back into the defence following Berardi’s sending off. However, he still did look to make things happen with the ball.

The 28-year-old still managed to achieve a pass success rate of 88.6% as he completed all four of his long ball attempts accurately. He contributed both defensively and in the final third as well, as he had two shots, made two tackles and one interception as WhoScored’s system gave him a 6.41 match rating.

Leeds Live gave the Northern Irishman a rating of six as they felt he did not look out of place in the middle of the park, whilst fansite Through It All Together gave him 6.5 as they stated: “Always involved and looked good.”

Of course, the defeat would have been disappointing and the fact that Leeds’ record in the capital is as bad as it is will continue to be a concern, however Dallas continued to show just how vital he is to Bielsa and the club as everyone heads into the latest international break.

Leeds fans, what did you make of Dallas’ performance against Millwall? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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