9/07/2020 5:00 pm
Referee: Darren Bond
|Leeds United||Stoke City|
|Klich (pen 45), Helder Costa (47), Cooper (57),
Hernandez (72), Bamford (90+3)
Thursday night’s Championship action gave Leeds United the opportunity to make our small advantage count over West Bromwich Albion, and regain top spot with a point to spare from our game in hand against Stoke City.
Our form since the restart has been decent and we’ve been worthy leaders at the top of the table, but despite their struggles this year, Stoke would’ve been determined to make it back to back victories themselves, so this wasn’t going to be an easy tie.
The first half was largely as expected with us totally dominating and we should’ve taken the lead with either Patrick Bamford’s effort (cleared off the line) or Tyler Roberts’ follow up (blocked) – but sadly it wasn’t to be.
We did go into the break with the advantage though as Mats Klich converted from the penalty spot after Helder Costa was fouled – yes, a penalty!
At the start of the second half, Pablo Hernandez replaced Tyler Roberts and there was also a defensive substitution from Stoke.
It was again a bright start and having won the penalty, Helder Costa got himself on the scoresheet in the 47th minute to improve our moods. It didn’t take long for a lovely bit of play to set up Liam Cooper for a third either as we improved our goal difference.
And it was soon four as well, as substitute Pablo Hernandez worked his magic.
Then five, as Bamford was rewarded for his efforts three minutes into stoppage time.
Can’t get more comprehensive than that.
Leeds Unused Subs:
Poveda, Miazek, Struijk, Stevens.
Stoke Unused Subs:
Ward, Lindsay, Ince, Davies.