Written by David Robinson
Leeds United suffered a defeat to League One Peterborough United having taken the lead at the ABAX Stadium. The Pre-Season friendly was another good test for both sides with just two weeks remaining until it all kicks off competitively. Both sides can take away plenty of positives and negatives with the match really a game of two halves. Garry Monk’s men had the first half where they dominated proceedings and the opposition couldn’t have complained should they have gone in more than one up into the interval. An early second half goal brought things level for the Posh before Shaquile Coulthirst managed a brace to secure a good win for Peterborough. I give my ratings for the Leeds players from the friendly.
Rob Green – 5/10
Two very smart finishes meant Green wasn’t at fault for either of the goals. He was rarely tested in truth but made a fumble in the first half which he was fortunate to see not head into his net. His kicking was good and played himself out of trouble on the odd occasion but really not much is learnt here, a goalkeeper with a mistake in him but still an assured figure.
Alex Purver – 7/10
A very competent performance. Purver did everything required from a right back, he wasn’t overly troubled defensively and managed to keep possession and build attacks down the right hand side. His game involved very few mistakes and look comfortable in this Leeds side while notably clearing an effort off the line in the first period.
Sol Bamba – 6/10
Very hard to rate the 31 year old. He put in some excellent challenges and blocks but sometimes his decision making was poor and his distribution from the back is way off the mark on occasions. He remained untroubled by the Peterborough attack with forwards not looking to get in behind him so he was comfortable with his defensive duties.
Kyle Bartley – 6/10
Again, the man on loan from Swansea didn’t have his most difficult afternoon but ended up conceding two goals. He looks a player who is comfortable and willing to build attacks. Bartley didn’t do an awful lot wrong but was perhaps not as imposing on his opposition to rate higher in this game.
Charlie Taylor – 6/10
The highly rated left back put in a solid display. He showed his quality mostly in the first half when he put in some testing deliveries which were there to be attacked. Without a natural winger facing him, the former Fleetwood full back didn’t get beat down his left hand side and was able to play out of trouble when needed but there was nothing stand out about his performance.
Luke Murphy – 7/10
A good display from Murphy I thought, he dictated play from deep in midfield and was the base of attacks in a very good Leeds first half performance. His passing range was spot on more times the most and was willing to try the odd risky ball. Played out of trouble when under pressure to keep possession nicely which would have pleased his new boss.
Matt Grimes – 7/10
A very tidy player, the 21 year old was smart at keeping possession and was a large part of why the ball kept ticking in constant waves of Leeds attacks. He arguably lacked certain incisiveness that fellow midfielders Mowatt and Murphy possessed and he maybe didn’t have the same impact in the second half which summed up the teams performance but the midfielder could play a big part at Elland Road under Monk.
Alex Mowatt – 8/10
A very neat goal in the first half capped off what was a 45 minutes of clever play between the midfield and attacking third. Mowatt was really the main goal threat in terms of getting on the end of chances. It almost seemed routine when Roofe would beat his man and cut the ball back to the 21 year old. He did squander a few chances but nothing clear cut. Caused some real problems for the Peterborough midfield although that also was squashed more as the game went on.
Hadi Sacko – 4/10
I thought the summer signing was very poor in truth. He certainly got into the right areas and got on the end of some good chances but Sacko was largely wasteful and ineffectual on the ball. He stretched the defence with his pace which was clear to see but in truth the Peterborough left back wasn’t concerned despite playing out of position for the hosts. His passing was wayward and was out muscled far too frequently.
Keemar Roofe – 8/10
A superb first half performance, the man signed from Oxford tore his full back apart countless times and then was able to pick the final ball with it. An assist was a just reward and he probably should’ve had a couple more. His tricky dribbling and intelligence to get into some good pockets of space meant he was one of the standout performers in the first 45. His second half fizzled out a little and he was taken off just after 60 minutes which I’m sure his opposition were pleased to see.
Marcus Antonsson – 6/10
The Swedish striker had a relatively difficult afternoon in terms of getting the chances in front of goal. He fired a lovely effort just wide of the post in the first half but chances were of a premium. His main duties were holding up the ball which he looks capable of but he was a bit hit and miss in this department. The 25 year old looks like he is an intelligent player but he will have to show more than this to repay his transfer fee.
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