Against WBA: DLLLL
Leeds 3rd; three points ahead of
In one of those nights that will stick around in your head when you are old and grey(I’m not far off), Leeds completely demolished one of their rivals at Elland Road. The comprehensive win took them back to the top of the Championship.
The night started with the second quickest goal ever scored at Elland Road, Liam Cooper won a header around midfield that went to Jack Harrison. The winger found Pablo Hernandez who moved inside to unleash a unstoppable shot past West Brom keeper Johnstone, there were seventeen seconds on the clock as it nestled in the WBA net.
Leeds mind you had to careful of letting West Brom back in the game after such a great start, the visitors were given sight of the Leeds goal after a robust challenge outside the area gave them a free kick that was hit over the bar by Gayle. From then on Leeds surged forward at every opportunity and gave their visitors no time to settle on the ball, Roberts had a flicked effort saved by Johnstone and also he denied Phillips.
The second goal came just before the half hour mark, unfortunately due to the call of nature I was downstairs as I heard a roar from above, the replay i saw showed a delightful flick by Tyler Roberts to Bamford and the Leeds number nine buried the opportunity. By now the nerves had disappeared and everybody except the ‘Baggies’ fans were enjoying the superb football Leeds were producing. Mercurial Pablo Hernandez hit one over the bar as Leeds continued to dominate the proceedings. The first half was as much the same, if not better than they produced against Derby County. 2-0 at the break.
As the second half began it was important to keep the away side out but they had the lions share of possession as they sought a way back into the game. Gareth Barry one of the oldest players in the Championship received a yellow card for a foul and was lucky to stay on after upending another Leeds player soon after. Johnstone denied Klich before a lovely move on sixty three minutes involving Roberts ended up with Bamford with the ball at his feet and he drove into the area to put a shot past Johnstone via a deflection. Game over!!
There was a flurry of substitutions by West Brom as they tried to salvage some pride with at least a goal to show their fans. Ezgjan Alioski who had a fine game throughout brought the best out of Johnstone with a shot from outside the area, Leeds brought on Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton as they sought out to close out the game and Shackleton provided the fourth for Alioski in injury time after he burst into the penalty area after a ‘barn storming’ run past the deflated West Brom defence and laid it across the six yard box for Alioski to score.
Klich could have made it five but he shot wide from a good position. The game ended with even the fans on the press seats, me and Ben Scott included belting out ‘Marching on Together’ as the players took their deserved applause for their efforts.
Eleven games to go and more of these types of wins will see the club back in the Premier League after an absence of fifteen years. The fans wanted a response to Tuesday’s defeat at QPR and bloody hell did they get one!!
Men of the Match: Every single player in a white shirt.
By Keith Ingham