On Friday evening Leeds United welcomed Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough to Elland Road and the game was far from what fans had come to expect under manager Marcelo Bielsa as we played out a scoreless draw on the night.
With that said, we did have our moments at the top of the pitch and chances but I think the standout take away from the game was the spirit and determination of the squad defensively as we proved again we are more than capable of digging in when needed to ensure we at least keep a point alive as a return.
Bielsa deserves credit for having an organised defensive plan but the players certainly deserve credit for their efforts in carrying it out as no Pulis side is easy to face.
Whoscored crunched their numbers on the game and four of the top five rated players for Leeds were players in the defensive unit and that was no great suprise really.
The standout was Bailey Peacock-Farrell between the sticks as they gave him a rating of 7.46 for his efforts. Luke Ayling polled 7.35, Barry Douglas 7.02 and Liam Cooper a round 7. Having come in for some criticism on-loan Jack Harrison’s play saw him given 7.10.