23/10/2020 8:00 pm
Referee: Paul Tierney
|Aston Villa||Leeds United|
|Bamford (55, 67, 74)|
There was plenty of spice ahead of Leeds United’s trip to Villa Park to face off against Aston Villa given our more recent history with them, but the main aim for manager Marcelo Bielsa was simply to pick up another victory as we continue our quite impressive start to life back in the top flight.
We certainly started the brighter and had a couple of good opportunities that could’ve gone more our way. Rodrigo’s effort in the 13th minute should’ve been our opener, however, we were probably also somewhat lucky to not be down to ten men when Pascal Struijk’s youthful exuberance could’ve seen him quickly double yellow carded.
No messing around from Bielsa, Struijk was quickly off and replaced by Jamie Shackleton. Harsh maybe, but a good start couldn’t be ruined by an unnecessary red.
Villa had slightly got more into it and had created a few chances of their own and we cleared one off the line, but it was still largely (and predictably) mostly us.
The main talking point from the half will be the soft penalty shout from floppy hair, but with VAR finding in our favour we almost broke the deadlock as we massively opened them up, but Patrick Bamford again failed to find the target.
Goalless at the break.
After a few wobbly moments as the hosts turned the pressure up, we finally had the breakthrough as poor defending in their box gave Bamford a chance he simply couldn’t miss.
After some handbags, Bamford got his brace 12 minutes later with a fantastically sublime strike into the top corner that nobody was expecting.
2-0 – Villa looked lost, and it was about goal difference now.
So 3-0 helped when Bamford completed his hattrick!
3-0 final score, up to third place in the league – oh yes – the Premier League have missed us!