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Bamford's hat-trick lifts Leeds into third as Villa suffer

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Patrick Bamford. Photo: Reuters

Patrick Bamford. Photo: Reuters

Patrick Bamford. Photo: Reuters

Patrick Bamford's hat-trick saw him create a little piece of history for Leeds as Aston Villa were denied top spot in the Premier League.

Bamford's second-half treble saw the striker become only the second player to score in each of Leeds's opening three away games in a top-flight league season, after Gordon Hodgson in 1937-'38.

It took the 27-year-old to six Premier League goals for the season as Marcelo Bielsa's team continued their impressive return to the top division.

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Aston Villa's Jack Grealish gets away from Leeds United's Helder Costa. Photo: PA

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish gets away from Leeds United's Helder Costa. Photo: PA

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish gets away from Leeds United's Helder Costa. Photo: PA

 

Villa were chasing their own piece of club history, having never won their opening five league games of a season before. They still have not, and last night's defeat saw them miss the chance to top the Premier League table for the first time since October 2001. Leeds enjoyed the better of the opening 25 minutes but Villa rode their luck and then had the best chance of the game so far.

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Leeds survived a penalty scare late in the first half when Jack Grealish went down under a challenge from Helder Costa just inside the area. Referee Paul Tierney waved away the appeals and his decision was supported by a VAR check.

Despite Villa's bright start to the second half, it was Leeds who went ahead after 55 minutes. Alioski and Harrison spearheaded a counter-attack, with the latter picking out the run of Rodrigo into the area. His effort was initially palmed away by Martinez, but Bamford was lurking to slot home the loose ball at the far post.

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Aston Villa's John McGinn and Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton battle for the ball. Photo: PA

Aston Villa's John McGinn and Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton battle for the ball. Photo: PA

Aston Villa's John McGinn and Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton battle for the ball. Photo: PA

 

Leeds were in the ascendancy since going in front and doubled their lead shortly afterwards. It was Bamford again, curling a shot into the top corner of the net from just outside the area with unerring accuracy.

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Bamford completed his hat-trick after 74 minutes, showing good feet to work space inside the area before curling the ball beyond Martinez.

Leeds were creating chances at an alarming rate and Bamford had an opportunity for a fourth but looped his header into the goalkeeper's arms, before Pablo Hernandez wildly blazed a shot over the crossbar when he had time and space to do much better.

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: Reuters

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: Reuters

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: Reuters

 

Ollie Watkins had a sight of goal in stoppage time for a consolation goal for Villa but he dragged his effort wide.


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