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

Pablo Hernandez’s first-minute operate became once his first for Leeds since 1 December

Pablo Hernandez scored after correct 16 seconds as Leeds assign in a relentless indicate to beat promotion competitors West Bromwich Albion and stoop high of the Championship.

From the away aspect’s kick-off, Leeds won possession and fed the Spaniard, who became once given time to desire his negate in the pause nook from almost 25 yards.

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

Hal-Robson Kanu headed over as the Baggies began the 2nd half strongly however Bamford’s deflected 2nd and Ezgjan Alioski’s tap-in made the uncover extra emphatic for Leeds.

Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect stoop some extent some distance from Norwich – who stoop to Millwall on Saturday – with West Brom staying fourth, an additional six factors abet.

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A shock defeat for Leeds at QPR on Tuesday – a fifth in 10 Championship games – had sparked recommendations they had been running out of steam in the promotion speed.

But an unchanged aspect showed vitality and intensity from the well-known whistle at Elland Boulevard, ex-Swansea forward Hernandez punishing Tosin Adarabioyo for failing to shut him down fleet sufficient.

Darren Moore’s company had won eight of their old nine away Championship games however managed correct one shot heading in the right direction, and hang now lost successive games in opposition to promotion contenders following a condominium defeat by Sheffield United closing weekend.

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The impressive Roberts negate up Bamford for both of his targets, the 2nd flicking in off Albion defender Craig Dawson, with Alioski showing stamina to assemble forward from left-abet to roll in a fourth in stoppage time.

It additionally bettered West Brom’s 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns in November, which at the time stopped Leeds spirited high of the desk.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa educated BBC Radio Leeds:

“For me the biggest thing became once the bother, attitude and strategy of pondering of the total group for the length of the total sport.

“When a uncover relies on one of these consistent effort from the total group, now we must claim that right here is the responsibility of the gamers.

“I gather now not desire to assemble grievous comments. If you uncover a sport by a mountainous distinction it be better to be common on your diagnosis.”

Albion head coach Darren Moore educated BBC WM:

“We had been caught frigid with the early operate and that gave us a mountain to climb. It gave them extra impetus and momentum in the sport.

“We got extra about it in the 2nd half and I believed the subsequent operate became once constantly going to be the crucial one. It went to them and at 3-0 it be an extraordinarily tense assign a request of to then.

“I constantly desire a efficiency and we did now not gather a efficiency.

“We’re a shut-knit neighborhood and we are in a position to preserve together. We’re all mountainous characters, now we hang shown enormous group spirit to assemble to where we’re now, and that can never elude us. We’ll assemble it together. We uncover and lose games as a bunch.”

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