Hull City mauled by the Tyler
29 Feb 2020 03:21 pm, by YorkshireSquare
A comprehensive second half performance from Leeds United saw them run out four nil winners against Hull City on Saturday. An early second half goal from Pablo Hernandez killed Hull off and Leeds were rampant after that playing some lovely flowing football. The first half had been a different story, despite an early goal from Luke Ayling the game was scrappy, Hull battled hard and Leeds took a while to get a grip on the game. Eventually though, they got into their stride and ran out justified and strong winners. Three more points towards promotion and pressure on Fulham who have a tough game against Preston this afternoon.
With Kiko Casilla banned for eight games on Friday evening it could have been a nervy game for Leeds and Hull certainly started brightly. They pressed Leeds from the off and a long throw found from Callum Elder found Josh Magennis but he headed wide across goal. Leeds had their opportunities too though and on the five minute mark Luke Ayling’s shot from distance took a deflection off Elder, looping into the net with George Long helpless. Shortly after Pablo Hernandez rattled one off the bar. Despite dominating Leeds failed to create much in the way of chances for the remainder of the first half but kept Hull at bay.
The second half started with another Hull chance but again Leeds responded, this time Pablo Hernandez finished from a Helder Costa through ball to make it two nil. After that Leeds put in a dazzling performance and with Hull short of six first team regulars they had little in the way of reply. Harrison, Costa and Klich in particular had the beating of Hulls midfield and were unlucky not to increase their lead as Harrison hit the bar and George Long in the Hull net beat away chance after chance.
The chances turned into goals with twenty-five minutes to go as Tyler Roberts replaced Patrick Bamford. Robert’s movement brightened up the Leeds attack, just after the 80 minute mark he received the ball from a Stuart Dallas clearance. Breaking past the halfway line he played the ball out to Costa who passes cross field to Klich in space. Klich played the ball back into the middle of the area and Roberts beat Dallas to the ball to fir home Leeds third goal. Three minutes later Klich was provider again this time Roberts diving header saw the ball loop into the net with George Long helpless to do anything about it.
Roberts looked euphoric after his second goal, a real boost in confidence for a fine young player coming back from a bad injury. His movement, defensive work and finishing was exceptional today and it’s a real reminder of how Leeds United can put teams to the sword when they put away their chances. With Costa and Harrison getting the best of defences week in week out could Roberts be in line for the striker position for the remainder of the season if he finishes his chances like that? Shout of to Illan Meslier too who had little to do but claimed the ball well and came away with a clean sheet.