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Player Ratings: Leeds United 0-1 Aston Villa

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In the absence of captain, Jack Grealish, Dean Smith’s men were able grind out a much needed victory in what was a feisty affair at Elland Road. Here’s how Seb rated the lads...

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Emi Martínez: 7/10

Another clean sheet away from home against a Leeds United outfit known for their impressive attacking qualities.

The goalkeeper made some good saves early on to deny the home side an equalizer.

However, it must be added he was spotted taking painkillers throughout the second half and was not taking goal kicks.

Hopefully, it is not too serious and he will be back midweek to face the league’s bottom club, Sheffield United.

Ahmed Elmohamady: 6/10

The veteran right-back was able to deal with the threat of Brazilian wide man, Raphinha, which left Leeds unable to penetrate Villa.

The Egyptian showed his calm nature and experience by helping the back four see out a tense last quarter of an hour.

Ezri Konsa: 7/10

With a resilient defensive display, Ezri Konsa managed to impress under the watchful eye of England manager, Gareth Southgate.

His smart positioning, denying any possible Leeds counter attack.

The young defender managed a 100% aerial duel success rate and 100% tackle success rate all whilst adding another clean sheet to his top flight record.

Tyrone Mings: 8/10

A top class performance from the England International, keeping the severe threat of Patrick Bamford quiet.

A striker who had previously scored a hat-trick against Villa in the reverse fixture, Mings clearly saw him highlighted as a threat before the game as the away team made sure he would not endure any more success against them.

Matt Targett: 6/10

The ruthless nature of Matt Targett was on full display this evening as the left-back severely wound up the Leeds attackers.

Some smart play meant he picked up a yellow card for denying the home team a quick free-kick and starting an inevitable counterattack; a passage of play Leeds are known for executing so well.

Marvelous Nakamba: 8/10

A flawless display for the Zimbabwean in the absence of Douglas Luiz will give manager Dean Smith a selection headache for future games.

Nakamba seems to have really found his feet in the top flight this season as Aston Villa have not conceded a goal in a game in which he has started this campaign.

The midfielder worked tirelessly to break up Leeds possession and looked to move the ball forward.

John McGinn: 7/10

The Scotsman was energetic in his running, with and without the ball and caused Leeds real problems.

Receiving the ball from deep and recycling it without losing possession is something that was executed near enough to perfection.

Despite this due to his relentless running he looked somewhat fatigued within the last 10 minutes so it is a possibility we see him rotated within the next few weeks.

Jacob Ramsey: 7/10

Manager Dean Smith has nurtured young Jacob almost to perfection as the young attacking midfielder looks to be Premier League quality already.

In such a short space of time, to make your second league start for Villa away at a tough ground like Elland Road and control possession in the calm manner that he did is something he can take real credit from.

It will have Ross Barkley wondering how he can dislodge the youngster from the starting lineup.

Anwar El Ghazi: 8/10

A rejuvenated Dutchman put Villa ahead after just 5 minutes in what was ultimately the winning goal.

The wide man was arguably Villa’s main attacking outlet today, with everything positive coming through him.

A performance Villa skipper, Jack Grealish, would be proud of.

Bertrand Traoré: 5/10

The wide man struggled to make his mark on proceedings this evening and very rarely found a sustained period with the ball.

Failing to get the better of the Leeds full-backs found him continuously swapping flanks in an attempt to gain some momentum.

It was not to be, however, after he was brought off late into the second half.

Ollie Watkins: 6/10

With the task of holding up the ball and bringing the midfielders into play, Ollie was able to sit on the Leeds defense and draw them in.

He had small spells where he found his way behind the Leeds defense, but nothing was to come of it.

A day in which didn’t allow the Villa front man to have many shots at goal, however, he did turn provider as a scuffed shot found its way to Anwar El Ghazi, who scored the only goal of the game.

(SUB) Morgan Sanson: 7/10

(SUB) Trézéguet: 5/10