Leeds reach top five

26 Oct 2020 08:30 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 26th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Lethal Bamford blows Villa away

Patrick Bamford become just the 5th away player to ever score a hattrick at Villa Park on Friday evening as the Whites destroyed Aston Villa. Chances were few between during the first half. Rodrigo and Bamford both had half chances whilst the Whites were fortunate that Luke Ayling was in the right place at the right time to clear a goal line effort from Grealish. Leeds finally took the lead ten minutes into the second half. Rodrigo's effort was parried by Martinez, and Bamford was the quickest to react to smash the ball home from five yards.

Leeds number 9 doubled the lead 12 minutes later with a sublime strike from the edge of the box that any forward in the Premier League would have been proud of. His fairy tale evening was complete 16 minutes from time from a well worked corner. With his confidence sky high, Bamford was able to curl the ball past a helpless Martinez whilst being marked by four Villa defenders.

Bamford is the ninth Leeds player to score a Premier League hat-trick and the first since Mark Viduka away at Charlton in April 2003.

The sweet smell of success is even sweeter when its against Villa....

Post match reactions

Marcelo Bielsa, speaking to Match of the Day...

It was an important game for us and a deserved triumph. We scored first and were a little bit lucky they didn't score some of the chances they had. We were playing well even before the goal and had played well enough to go ahead. Very happy for Patrick because he scored some wonderful goals. Apart from that [he is] a noble player who sacrifices a lot for the team - generous also. I think his development is more to do with him and less to do with me.

Dean Smith, speaking to Match of the Day...

Very frustrated, especially with the last 40 minutes. I thought the first half was very even. They scored the first goal and we got worse and they were very good. We probably got away with a 3-0 in the end with the chances they had. Who knows what would have happened if we had scored? That is the first time we have been behind in a game and we didn't handle it very well.

How high up the Premiership ladder could Leeds finish this season?

After what can only be called a whirlwind return to the Premiership, with the Whites bartering most of which comes within their sights, is it too early to start thinking about a first half finish?

Perhaps you're thinking higher? Where are Leeds weaknesses, and do they need addressing this season?

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Cjay wrote on 26 Oct 2020 05:48 pm

I hope for top 6 and would be happy with top 10 but i wouldn't consider 11th and below a successful season.

I dont think a below top 10 finish should ever be considered successful, its such a negative mindset so i aim high.

Its such an unpredictable season with the lack of crowds anything can happen and if we could break this top 6 myth id be delighted.

I think if we finish top 10 playing the way we play id consider that the biggest success for a newly promoted club, better than Wolves and Blades because they were more defensive which is safer.

Ultimately we have to survive but cant say just surviving would make me happy so top 10 for me with hope of top 6.

Irish Ian wrote on 26 Oct 2020 02:28 pm

Chilli D wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:11 am .
I know I'm going to stop worrying about the bad days and just enjoy the ride.

Wouldn't it be great if we have a season like that? Maybe a wee run in the cup as well.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 26 Oct 2020 02:25 pm

Ratscoot wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:24 pm Afternoon EB et all

As always I put a couple of quid on us winning the league, I've done this for the last 15 years and it's worked occasionally so I think I'll continue ;-)

I've also put a few quid on us been top 6 and I don't see any reason why we can't do that, especially after watching some of the dire games over the weekend.

However those dire games are the one's that worry me, the teams in the lower half of the league who will be scrapping around relegation, like WBA, Newcastle, Burnley, Ben Whites temporary team and the Scum etc plus a couple at the top will use these anti-football tactics against us to spoil our flow and the game to take points off of us, they will put 10 men behind the ball and hope to hit us on the break. They will break up play with fouls and falling over Grealish Style, they will be physical, use underhand tactics and pressure the ref.

The media at some point will turn on us as they do and they'll bring pundits on such as Agobshitelahor and Keith Andrews to tell the public (and listening referees) that we are shite, cheats and how we should be kicked out of the league.

They will do anything to disrupt our season mark my words
As Bosnich suggested, because of our scintillating style of football, we are quickly becoming “everybody's 2nd team”. But like you Rats, I’m not getting fooled by that because as soon as we start really threatening the status quo, just like we did under Revie in the 60s and 70s, the football establishment and London based media will turn on us very quickly and try, by any means possible (including bent and bias officials), to stop us in our tracks.

That is for the future though, so just at the moment I’m revelling in the plaudits and enjoying everything connected with this wonderful football club.

WhiteRose wrote on 26 Oct 2020 02:22 pm

1964white wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:15 pm I saw enough of Fulham & West Brom in the championship last season to suggest their tenure in the PL would be short-lived, we were a million miles ahead of the rest & in the final table that was proven with a ten point gap between the baggies & us, 12 points ahead of Fulham & Brentford, 20 points clear of 4th place Cardiff
Yeah particularly fulham, they would of been better off staying in the champ another year.

1964white wrote on 26 Oct 2020 02:15 pm

WhiteRose wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:07 pm Its particularly good how well we started when we look at fulham and west brom, am I the only one who wants them to lose every week? I have nothing against them just want to keep the points cushion growing cant see either getting near 40 points which makes our survival job easier - not that I think there is a danger of us going down but it has to be the top priority
I saw enough of Fulham & West Brom in the championship last season to suggest their tenure in the PL would be short-lived, we were a million miles ahead of the rest & in the final table that was proven with a ten point gap between the baggies & us, 12 points ahead of Fulham & Brentford, 20 points clear of 4th place Cardiff