Graham Smyth, the YEP’s chief football writer, gives his thoughts on each of Leeds United’s players’ performances against Bristol City this afternoon.
Leeds won their second home league game in a row ahead of the October international break, defeating Nigel Pearson’s Robins on a bright Saturday afternoon at Elland Road.
Goals from Dan James and Joel Piroe came each side of a Kal Naismith equalizer, but Leeds were worth all three points and held off late pressure from the visitors to secure a vital success.
The team has risen to fifth place in the Championship rankings.
1. Illan Meslier – 7/10
A couple of hesitant moments, possibly sunlight related. Distribution was largely good but one or two aimless ones. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) Photo
2. Archie Gray – 8/10
A solid and impressive showing at right-back. Looked after his man for the vast majority and came away with the ball on numerous occasions (Pic: Bruce Rollinson)
3. Pascal Struijk – 8/10
Led by example. Tackled, headed and passed it well. Looked composed even when pressure was on. (Pic: Bruce Rollinson) Photo: Bruce Rollinson
4. Joe Rodon – 7/10
Solid and steady for the most part. Got baited into a yellow in the second half when an attacker threatened to escape him. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)