By George Stephens • 02 December 2019 • 9:26
Leeds United ran out 4-0 winners against Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday with a splendid victory.
Leeds made a fast and furious start to the match, with Luke Ayling firing an early warning with a great effort from the edge of the box with his left foot which went wide of the post.
Leeds then went ahead inside three minutes, Middlebrough goalkeeper Aynsley Pears could only fumble a Patrick Bamford header following a cross by Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez pinged the ball back into the danger zone, allowing Bamford to strike and head home against his former club.
Just after Boro defender Mark Bola sliced a clearance, that gave Bamford another opportunity to strike, but he was denied by a good save from Pears.
Ayling again went close when he controlled well and fired at goal from just inside the Middlesbrough box, but this time his attempt went just over the bar.
Lewis Wing shot wide for Boro after being set up by George Saville, before Harrison whipped in a cross which Bamford did well to get anything on, with his header saved by Pears.
Leeds extended their lead three minutes into first half injury time when a Bamford cross deflected into the path of Mateusz Klich whose hard strike found the back of the Boro net.
Half time: Leeds United 2-0 Middlesbrough
Four minutes into the second half a Stuart Dallas cross was headed out to Harrison who saw an effort fantastically saved by keeper Pears and from the corner, following a neat routine, Klich fired over the bar but it was very close.
Daniel Ayala headed over at a Boro corner, then speedy Dallas played Bamford into the box with a great ball, but he couldn’t get it past Pears who was having a splendid game.
Helder Costa saw a shot well blocked after good play from Klich and Harrison, whilst Dallas fired over from the edge of the box with a cracking strike.
Leeds struck again in the 67th minute, when Costa showed great skill to work his way into the box, before shooting home his first league goal for Leeds.
Kiko Casilla was called into action to deny a Marcus Tavernier free kick, before Leeds banged in a fourth goal. Coming from another well worked corner clearly developed on the training ground, the ball was played out to Klich on the edge of the box and he found the top corner with a world class finish.
Kalvin Phillips nearly added a fifth with a free kick, but a dynamite save by Pears prevented him from doing so.
Saville struck an effort over for the visitors late on as Leeds saw out the remaining minutes to go back to the top of the table for the time being, whilst West From play tonight.
Full time: Leeds United 4-0 Middlesbrough a superb win for the Whites!
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