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Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End: Tyler Roberts scores twice as leaders win again

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Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson (left) was unable to clear Liam Cooper's header off the line

Tyler Roberts scored his first two goals for Leeds United as the Championship leaders Leeds cruised to a comfortable win over lowly Preston North End.

The hosts took a deserved lead before the break when centre-half Liam Cooper headed in from a Barry Douglas corner.

Leeds had numerous chances to add to their advantage, with Mateusz Klich firing over and Jack Harrison hitting the post after going clear, before Roberts opened his account for the Elland Road side with a lovely lobbed finish.

The Wales international headed home from a Klich cross to round off an excellent night for Marcelo Bielsa's men, while Preston remain second bottom.

Brentford's draw at Ipswich means Leeds are now three points clear at the top of the table after a dominant performance.

The victory against the only team who had beaten them this season, albeit in the Carabao Cup, ended a run of two successive draws and further underlined the Yorkshire side's promotion credentials.

Alex Neil's team, who are now without a win in seven league games, were overrun all over the pitch and could have lost by more but for some wasteful finishing from the hosts.

Preston's only bright spot came when Callum Robinson's effort went over the bar at 0-0 and they will look to end their poor run when Sheffield United visit Deepdale on Saturday.

At the other end of the table, Leeds will hope to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to nine games when Birmingham City visit Elland Road on the same day.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:

"The first half was very good. The second half at the beginning was harder, then we dominated.

"Individual performances were important and our offensive game and defensive game were good. There are few things to criticise in this game.

"Our team was very dynamic and what we tried to do made us make links between the movement of players. Players were moving to create space for others and this worked pretty well.

"We have to underline the good performances of the individuals. Each one was high."

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I'm obviously naturally disappointed to come away losing the game 3-0.

"We started the game really well and were on top. Then we gave the ball away on a couple of occasions and that got their tails up.

"Their movement is good. We high pressed well in the cup, which is a high-risk strategy, and managed to beat them on the back of it but today we didn't do enough going forward when we had the ball to damage Leeds. When you do that when you play good teams you're going to get hurt at the other end.

"We do have to get ourselves out of the rut we're in at the moment."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Douglas
  • 23Phillips
  • 22Harrison
  • 14SáizSubstituted forBakerat 90'minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forForshawat 88'minutes
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 30mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forDallasat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 15Dallas
  • 20Pearce
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 39Edmondson
  • 47Clarke

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Davies
  • 3Earl
  • 8BrowneBooked at 26minsSubstituted forGallagherat 79'minutes
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 52mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 10HarropSubstituted forBarkerat 71'minutes
  • 7Robinson
  • 9MoultSubstituted forNmechaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallagher
  • 16Hughes
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
  • 22Maxwell
  • 23Huntington
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
27,729

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Baker replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adam Forshaw replaces Mateusz Klich.

Attempt missed. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Tyler Roberts.

Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Louis Moult.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Alan Browne.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Louis Moult (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Preston North End 0. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brandon Barker replaces Josh Harrop.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Louis Moult (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Attempt blocked. Barry Douglas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Moult (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Darnell Fisher tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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