Leeds United recorded a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough to strengthen their promotion hopes.
The Teessiders started well at the Riverside Stadium but allowed Marcelo Bielsa’s side to grow into the match as they dominated the majority of the first half.
Mateusz Klich dealt the hosts a half-time sucker-punch with a fine finish before the break which gave Jonathan Woodgate plenty to ponder at the break.
Both sides had opportunities in the second period but in truth it was only ever the Whites who looked like coming away with the three points.
Here’s how we rated Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Kiko Casilla – 7
Had very little to do during the match. Looked to be on point with his distribution.
Gaetano Berardi – 7
Made a couple of strong tackles to keep Middlesbrough out of their area.
Liam Cooper – 8
A real leader’s display as he led Leeds through a difficult opening period.
Ben White – 8
Marked Ashley Fletcher well and looked comfortable playing out from the back. Another assured display.
Luke Ayling – 7
Had a difficult night against Hayden Coulson down the flank. Did manage to cause problems by moving forward with the ball.
Mateusz Klich – 8
Capped an excellent first half with a fine finish after 45 minutes. Dictated play and caused so many problems with his well-timed runs into the area.
Stuart Dallas – 7
Had a good game in the middle of the park as he helped Leeds to dominate play.
Helder Costa – 8
Caused a few problems down the right flank as he exposed George Friend’s lack of pace.
Pablo Hernandez – 7
Dictated play from the middle of the park despite being doubled-up on.
Jack Harrison – 7
Did very well to exploit the space available on the left flank. Found his way inside countless times and came close to punishing the hosts.
Patrick Bamford – 6
Showed good movement but a lack of cutting edge in front of goal cost him again. Missed one wonderful chance in the first half.
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Jamie Shackleton – 6
Recycled possession well as Leeds United stayed in control in the closing stages.