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Fantastic Cooper, Average Ekuban – The best and the worst rated Leeds players vs Brentford

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Leeds 1-0 Brentford: Liam Cooper Strike Seals The Win For The Whites

Leeds secured their first win since Boxing day with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brentford to get Paul Heckingbottom’s first win in charge of the Yorkshire club. Leeds looked like they hadn’t recovered from conceding in the last minute against Derby, however, they grew into the game and Liam Cooper headed their first chance in from an excellent free-kick delivery from Ezgjan Alioski. After that, they held on against a Brentford side who had a lot of possession and a lot of shots but were not able to convert any.

Leeds United Player Ratings

Felix Wiedwald – 7

Dealt with the game very well, and will be proud of the clean sheet.

Gaetano Berardi – 7.5

A great game from the defender. Kept himself very busy and ably supported his defensive partners.

Pontus Jansson – 7.5 

Kept the Brentford attackers quiet and headed away everything that came his way.

Liam Cooper – 8

A great game from Cooper. Scored a goal and was a rock at the heart of the Leeds defence.

Vurnon Anita – 7

A solid game but could have had more of an effect on the offensive side of the game.

Kalvin Phillips – 7 

Had a solid game. Had to do a lot of running off the ball and he protected his defence well.

Eunan O’Kane – 7

Didn’t play last game but played well against Brentford. Could have joined the attack more but generally did well.

Ezgjan Alioski – 8

Delivered a beautiful assist for the goal and is a great player. He will be pleased with his afternoon’s work.

Samu Saiz – 7.5

A very good performance on his return to the team. He is a classy player with some great touches.

Stuart Dallas – 7

Replaced by Sako late on but as always, he worked hard and put in a shift for his team.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 7

Was his usual bustling self. Gave the Brentford defence a real work out.

Substitutes

Caleb Ekuban – 6

Used his pace well and kept Brentford on the back foot. A good cameo.

Hadi Sako – N/A

Came on only for a few minutes but more minutes for a promising player.

Ronaldo Viera – N/A

Was only on for a few minutes. Didn’t make an impact.