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Sensational Barker, Poor Ledson – The best and the worst rated Preston players vs Leeds United

Full time: Leeds United 0-2 Preston North End

Preston North End produced the first of probably many shocks of the League Cup this year as they beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United 2-0 away at the Elland Road. To add significance, the away side were down to ten men after 29 minutes, but still managed to keep a clean sheet and get the win.

Daniel Johnson scored a penalty in the second minute to give his team a perfect start. Ryan Ledson then made a silly two-footed challenge on Lewis Baker. However, they kept playing football and scored another via Brandon Barker in the injury time of the first half.

Preston player ratings

Chris Maxwell (7.5/10)

Made several good saves to keep his clean sheet intact against a very good team. A good performance.

Darnell Fisher (6.5/10)

A controlled display from the right-back, who did well defensively, especially in the second half when the team was down to ten men.

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Jordan Storey (7/10)

Was commanding at the back and never allowed Leeds strikers to have an easy time on the ball.

Ben Davies (7/10)

He formed a good partnership with Shorey to thwart the opposition. A good performance from the skipper in general.

Josh Earl (6.5/10)

A solid display from the left-back, which got better in the second half when Leeds were looking to score and Preston were down by a man.

Tom Barkhuizen (7/10)

A lively performance from the winger, who could have almost doubled the lead for Preston straight after the first goal.

Daniel Johnson (7.5/10)

Scored a good penalty and controlled the midfield, especially after half-time when they were a man down.

Ryan Ledson (2/10)

A bad two-footed 50-50 challenge which deservedly got him the red card. He let his team down just half an hour into the game.

Brandon Barker

Brandon Barker (7/10)

Scored a wonderful goal at the stroke of half-time to double the lead. The Manchester City loanee did look good in spells.

Louis Moult (7.5/10)

Won the penalty early on and harried the Leeds defence by pressing high. He almost robbed the ball off Jamal Blackman to turn it in. A lively performance from the striker.

Josh Harrop (6/10)

Was quiet when compared to his strike partner but put in a good shift for the team.


Ben Pearson (Subbed on after 70 mins) (6/10)

Was brought on to provide fresh energy in defence, which was getting tested with a man down.

Alan Browne (Subbed on after 70 mins) (6/10)

Was given the last 20 minutes to shore up the defence and get his team over the line. Did well.

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Lukas Nmecha (Subbed on after 74 mins) (6/10)

Came on to replace Moult, who did a lot of running.

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