Leeds United U23s player ratings as tormentor Amari Miller puts Whites back in PL Cup contention

By Joe Donnohue

Leeds United's U23 side claimed a vital three points away to Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup on Friday night, courtesy of long-range strikes from Nohan Kenneh and Max Dean.

The win propels Leeds back into the top two of their PL Cup group, two points behind leaders Wigan with one game remaining.

Should the young Whites hold onto second spot, or leapfrog Wigan into first, they will progress to the knockourt rounds of this competition.

Kenneh opened the scoring in the first half with a rasping volley from the edge of the penalty area. The ball had cannoned up off the Leeds man's chest and was guided into the met with his right boot.

Tom Costello levelled proceedings shortly before the break, but Max Dean took matters into his own hands during the second half, lining a shot up from 25 yards, bending it into the top corner to secure the spoils.

Amari Miller was a livewire throughout the PL Cup contest, tormenting both full-backs with his acceleration and close control.

Here are the Leeds United player ratings from Friday's 2-1 win at the Lancashire FA County Ground.

Dani van den Heuvel - 7

A few smart stops, parried well clear of danger including one effort he smothered bravely inside the six-yard box.

Harvey Sutcliffe - 6

Provided an outlet and energy down the right throughout.

Jeremiah Mullen - 8

Stepped out of defence frequently; he always looks confident in possession. Dealt with Wigan's centre-forward well.

Joe Littlewood - 7

Worked well in tandem alongside Mullen. A good understanding between the pair. Proactive defending.

Connor Ferguson - 6

Committed a few fouls in his corner, which eventually forced the referee into his pocket. Tenacity in abundance. Tucks his shirt into his shorts, too. Top marks for that.

Nohan Kenneh - 7

Scored a well-taken volley from the edge of the penalty area - a collector's item. Played in defensive midfield and tackled well before his half-time substitution.

Charlie Allen - 6

Found the physicality of Wigan's midfielders tough to handle at times but worked back relentlessly. Good engine.

Archie Gray - 8

Worked well in the middle of the park, spinning out of danger and supporting the attacks from his No. 10 berth. Substituted at half-time. Stood up for himself, which was good to see close quarters.

Sean McGurk - 7

Spent the first half being denied time after time by goalkeeper Sam Tickle. Unfortunate not to have scored on the night. Some lovely touches.

Amari Miller - 9

Beat his opposing full-back on the left and the right all evening. Great intensity and deserved an assist.

Max Dean - 8

Dropped deep and pulled wide to receive possession as well as providing a focal point in the air at times. Always an arduous task in such a young team but it mustn't be forgotten Dean is still 17 and has been leading the line for the best part of a year in these fixtures.

One moment of real quality 20 minutes from time as he beat his man and shot from 25 yards, watching as his shot nestled in the top corner.

Subs:

Cian Coleman - 7

Held onto possession well in the middle, replacing Kenneh at the break.

Keenan Carole - 6

Brought energy and intensity on the right side throughout the second half.


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