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Leeds: Robin Koch was “flawless” vs Brentford

Leeds United picked up just their third clean sheet since September as Jesse Marsch’s men put in a resolute defensive display against Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

The Whites have leaked goals for fun recently, conceding two in each of their prior four outings, including a pair of FA Cup third-round matches against Championship outfit Cardiff City, so the American will be glad to see that they are capable of stifling the opposition.

Whilst it extended their winless run to six matches in the Premier League, there was still room for optimism, particularly from returning central defensive duo Max Wober and Robin Koch.

The latter particularly caught the eye with a monstrous showing up against one of the top-flight’s most lethal marksmen – on his day – in Ivan Toney.

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As per Sofascore, the towering German was rewarded with the highest rating of any Leeds player and was the highest-rated of all the outfield starters in the match.

Across the 90 minutes, Koch contented a whopping 19 duels and came out on top in 14 of them, both were the most in the match, highlighting just how dominant he was in the air and on the ground.

The £40k-per-week titan also won three tackles, made three clearances, had one interception and put in one block to round off a pretty dogged effort to thwart the Bees’ tricky frontline.

Interestingly, he also won five free-kicks for his side, so not only was he physically dominant but he also played the mental game to a tee as well, doing anything to disrupt Thomas Frank and his side from playing their ‘total’ football.

It was indeed a colossal display that saw him lauded by those watching on.

‘Commanding in his dealings with one of the league’s best strikers. Can sometimes look a little fragile, but was strong and dealt well with Ivan Toney’s physical approach,’ wrote LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross in his post-match column, for example.

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Whilst he also dubbed him “virtually flawless” as well. Sky Sports and BBC analyst Statman Dave also lauded him for being “crucial” throughout the first half as he helped set an early tone for Leeds’ strong backline showing.

Meanwhile, in the eyes of CBS Sports reporter Jake Winderman, Leeds may have found their “CB pairing for years to come” in Koch and Wober, and without getting too ahead of ourselves – given they are still in a poor run of form – it’s hard to disagree as they just delivered in the absence of the captain, Liam Cooper.

On the day, though, it was Koch who narrowly outshone the January arrival and as such, he arguably stole the show in west Yorkshire.

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