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Leeds United 4-0 West Bromwich Albion: Patrick Bamford double sends hosts top

Pablo Hernandez scores for Leeds
Pablo Hernandez's first-minute goal was his first for Leeds since 1 December

Pablo Hernandez scored after just 16 seconds as Leeds put in a relentless display to beat promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion and go top of the Championship.

From the away side's kick-off, Leeds won possession and fed the Spaniard, who was given time to pick his spot in the top corner from almost 25 yards.

The hosts doubled their lead when Patrick Bamford showed composure to slot past Sam Johnstone after a through ball from former Albion forward Tyler Roberts.

Hal-Robson Kanu headed over as the Baggies started the second half strongly but Bamford's deflected second and Ezgjan Alioski's tap-in made the score more emphatic for Leeds.

Marcelo Bielsa's side move a point clear of Norwich - who go to Millwall on Saturday - with West Brom staying fourth, a further six points back.

A surprise defeat for Leeds at QPR on Tuesday - a fifth in 10 Championship games - had sparked suggestions they were running out of steam in the promotion race.

But an unchanged side showed energy and intensity from the first whistle at Elland Road, ex-Swansea forward Hernandez punishing Tosin Adarabioyo for failing to close him down quickly enough.

Darren Moore's visitors had won eight of their previous nine away Championship games but managed just one shot on target, and have now lost successive games against promotion contenders following a home defeat by Sheffield United last weekend.

The impressive Roberts set up Bamford for both of his goals, the second flicking in off Albion defender Craig Dawson, with Alioski showing stamina to get forward from left-back to roll in a fourth in stoppage time.

It also bettered West Brom's 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns in November, which at the time stopped Leeds moving top of the table.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"For me the most important thing was the effort, attitude and state of mind of the whole team during the whole game.

"When a win is based on such a consistent effort from the whole team, we have to say that this is the responsibility of the players.

"I don't want to make excessive comments. When you win a game by a big difference it's better to be moderate in your analysis."

Albion head coach Darren Moore told BBC WM:

"We were caught cold with the early goal and that gave us a mountain to climb. It gave them more impetus and momentum in the game.

"We got more about it in the second half and I thought the next goal was always going to be the important one. It went to them and at 3-0 it's a really tough ask then.

"I always want a performance and we didn't get a performance.

"We're a close-knit group and we will stay together. We're all big characters, we've shown great team spirit to get to where we are now, and that will never elude us. We'll do it together. We win and lose games as a team."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forShackletonat 90+2'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDallasat 77'minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 3Douglas
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Berardi
  • 37Brown
  • 46Shackleton
  • 53Gotts

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68Holgate
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 34HarperSubstituted forFieldat 65'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 18BarryBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 63'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forMonteroat 70'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16Gayle

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 7Morrison
  • 14Townsend
  • 15Montero
  • 23Bond
  • 28Field
  • 70Murphy
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
35,888

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 4, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 4, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 4, West Bromwich Albion 0. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Shackleton.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Tyler Roberts.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Jack Harrison.

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

Foul by Jefferson Montero (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jefferson Montero replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Rekeem Harper because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, West Bromwich Albion 0. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Roberts following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Gareth Barry.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds35207859382167
2Norwich34199668442466
3Sheff Utd34197859342564
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough331512638241457
6Bristol City33158104335853
7Derby33149104338551
8Birmingham341214853431050
9Nottm Forest34121484738950
10Preston341211115348547
11Hull34138134848047
12Sheff Wed341211114148-747
13Aston Villa34101595753445
14Swansea33128134342144
15Blackburn341111124552-744
16Brentford331110125546943
17QPR34126164252-1042
18Stoke34914113542-741
19Wigan3398163347-1435
20Millwall34810163750-1334
21Reading34612163550-1530
22Rotherham34515143454-2030
23Bolton3468202253-3126
24Ipswich34312192657-3121
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