By Andy Gregory
The new season finally arrived and a bumper crowd of over 33,000 fans packed out Elland Road to support the start of a new era at Leeds United. Every single player worked their socks off and battled it out against a good Brighton side, the last minute winner no more than we deserved. Here is my take on player performances for the game.
Paddy Kenny - Paddy had a good game and kept us in it a few times with a number of outstanding saves when we were at 1-1. His distribution wasn't great today and needs to improve, but overall a solid performance. 7
Lee Peltier - Peltier was the least convincing player for me today, struggled to get into the game, was reluctant to get forward and looked short of confidence. Not sure he should still be captain. 6
Tom Lees - Lees was solid and very rarely looked troubled, is becoming a strong and dependable defender. 7
Jason Pearce - had a steady game, without been overly convincing. Still think we need another centre back as a first choice partner for Lees. 7
Stephen Warnock - Warnock had a great game, was solid at the back and got forward well to support attacks, impressive today. 8
Paul Green - A good performance from Green who is making the defensive midfield role his own, quietly got on with his job today, breaking up opposition attacks and linking up well going forward. 8
Luke Murphy - Had a brilliant debut, he seems to be able to do it all. Got stuck in well, great range with his passes, plenty of running and scored the winning goal. Looks a great signing and I think he will only get better with game time. 8
Michael Tonge - Tonge contributed well today, worked hard for the team and didn't do his first team chances any harm. 7
Ross McCormack - had a great game, he was everywhere and gave his all for the team as always. Scored the equaliser and generally looked sharp. Would like to see him play as an out and out striker. 8
Noel Hunt - Had a great first half and caused the opposition problems, seemed to struggle to make an impact before been subbed. Saw some glimpses of quality and why McDermott was keen to bring him to Elland Road. 7
Luke Varney - Varney had a fantastic game, couldn't fault him. Battled for every ball and looked really up for it. 8
Dom Poleon - Came on for Hunt and did well, was unlucky not to score from close range. 7
Matt Smith - On for a tiring Varney and contributed well, setting up Murphy's goal. Can see him coming on to give us something different in games quite a lot this season. 7
Adam Drury - Came on for the injured Warnock and stayed solid at the back. 7
Overall it was a fairly even game, with Leeds coming out deserved winners. We clearly still need to add to the squad, we all know where we are lacking a bit and it did show at times today. But if we carry on battling away and pushing other teams the way we did against Brighton today, we won't go far wrong. The return of Diouf, Austin and eventually Byram will also be a massive boost to the team. I really do hope everyone continues to turn up at Elland Road, as it undoubtedly makes a massive difference.
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