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‘9/10’, ‘Saved Meslier’s bacon’: Leeds United star lauded after solid display vs Millwall

Leeds United stretched their unbeaten run in 2024 with another Championship victory against a physical Millwall outfit at Elland Road yesterday.

United’s latest victory saw Daniel Farke’s side take over at the top of the Championship table. This is on goal difference over Leicester City who were in FA Cup action, losing 4-2 to Chelsea.

Neil Harris would have been familiar with the bear-pit Elland Road atmosphere from his time as a player. There was no difference from those days as he brought his London side to West Yorkshire, where they would be facing a Leeds outfit at the top of their game.

It was somewhat of a sloppy, patchy opening to the first-half with neither side able to get a proper grip on the game. However, as the half wore on, Leeds United began to look the more threatening, then making the breakthrough courtesy of Italian star Wilfried Gnonto.

The powerful 20-year-old was put through on the right of the area by the ever-impressive Georginio Rutter. He toyed with the defence, cutting in from the right, and lashing the ball beyond the despairing dive of Matija Sarkic in the Millwall goal.

Millwall started to make more of a fist of the game in the second half, stretching Leeds United at times. Still, Daniel Farke’s side pressed forward as they looked for a second goal to take them top of the table, and that goal came courtesy of substitute Dan James.

Again, it was the impressive Rutter with the assist to set James up. The Welshman feinted to shoot, knocked the ball past the nearest defender, and placed a cool shot through a body of players on the line.

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Leeds United star Rodon catches the eye

Among some good performances, one stood out for Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Graham Smyth.

That player was ever-reliable centre-back Joe Rodon. He landed an impressive 9/10 from the YEP’s Smyth, who had this to say about the Welsh international’s display against Rotherham:

“His passing into the feet of attackers, through lines, was as good as his defending. Saved Meslier’s bacon with an important block at a messy corner. Should have won a penalty.”

As highlighted by WhoScored’s match data, Rodon’s performance was a key reason behind Leeds United success against a combative Millwall side. He saw a lot of the Whites’ possession (7.6%), taking 72 touches of the ball. He was highly accurate with his passing, completing 56 of his 63 pass attempts (89%).

On the defensive side of his game, Rodon made one tackle, two blocks, and a clearance. It was a composed performance at the heart of a backline that has only conceded three goals in the Championship since January 1st.

Spurs loanee Rodon is proving to be more than a hit at Leeds United. His consistent performances and stability at the back are key in helping Farke’s side push for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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