MX23RW : Tuesday, March 5 17:11:05
Mar 1, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at ​Elland Road (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 35,888
LeedsLeeds United
4-0
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Hernandez (1'), Bamford (28', 63'), Alioski (92')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: Leeds reclaim top spot with West Brom mauling

Result: Leeds reclaim top spot with West Brom mauling
© Reuters
Patrick Bamford struck twice for United with Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski also netting.

Leeds returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship after an impressive 4-0 win over promotion rivals West Brom at Elland Road.

Pablo Hernandez gave the Yorkshire side a dream start when he opened the scoring after just 17 seconds.

Patrick Bamford doubled the advantage during a brilliant first half from the hosts and the striker deservedly wrapped the points up midway through the second half after his deflected effort beat Sam Johnstone.

Ezgjan Alioski then rubbed further salt into the Albion wounds when he tapped home a fourth three minutes into injury time at the end of the game, helping Leeds reclaim top spot off Norwich ahead of their trip to Millwall.

It was just reward for a tenacious display from Leeds which saw West Brom fail to live with their high tempo.

Hernandez found the top corner from the edge of the box inside the first minute to get Leeds off to a flyer.

Tyler Roberts then missed a great chance to double the home side's lead after 12 minutes when he fired straight at the keeper.

Kiko Casilla confidently claimed a Gareth Barry free-kick before Johnstone gathered Kalvin Phillips' effort at the second attempt.

But Leeds deservedly doubled their lead before the half-hour when Bamford slotted home from close range after Roberts picked him out.

Casilla did well to tip over a powerful Jay Rodriguez effort as the visitors sought an immediate response and, from the resulting corner, Tosin Adarabioyo missed a great chance to pull a goal back when he headed wide.

Hernandez failed to find the target from 25 yards as half-time approached after Liam Cooper brilliantly won the ball before Bamford fired over from the edge of the box.

Leeds continued to push for a third goal before the interval and Pontus Jansson nearly had a tap-in in after Hernandez scuffed an effort in his direction in first-half stoppage time.

West Brom were on the attack soon after the restart and came close to pulling a goal back when Hal Robson-Kanu headed inches over from Barry's curling free-kick with Casilla stranded.

Dwight Gayle sent another free-kick crashing into the wall after 52 minutes, before the Baggies won a corner as they continued to set the second-half tempo.

The visitors could not find the breakthrough, though, and Leeds finished them off with a third goal in the 63rd minute.

After Johnstone had saved well from Mateusz Klich, Bamford's shot left the former Manchester United goalkeeper flat-footed at his near post after a great run by Roberts carved open the defence.

Alioski added a fourth late on when he tapped home Jamie Shackleton's perfect pass as Leeds underlined their promotion credentials in fine fashion.

Share this article now:
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa pops a squat on February 13, 2019
Read Next:
Bielsa carrying the can for Leeds' erratic run
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City29232476205671
2Liverpool29217164154970
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs29201856302661
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd29177558382058
5Arsenal29176661392257
6Chelsea28175649301956
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29127103735243
8Watford29127104141043
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham29116123741-439
10Everton29107123939037
11Leicester CityLeicester29105143541-635
12Bournemouth29104153954-1534
13Crystal Palace2996143539-433
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2987142636-1031
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2886143041-1130
16Burnley2986153253-2130
17Southampton2969143249-1727
18Cardiff CityCardiff2974182557-3225
19Fulham2945202765-3817
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2935211551-3614

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account