Bielsa impressed by Bamford hat-trick in vintage Leeds win

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Bielsa impressed by Bamford hat-trick in vintage Leeds win

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised Patrick Bamford’s ‘wonderful goals’ after he scored a hat-trick in their victory over Aston Villa.

Aston Villa were close to opening the scoring in the first half as a Jack Grealish chance was cleared off the line.

In the second half, Bamford put Leeds ahead with a close-range finish after keeper Emiliano Martinez had saved the previous shot.


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The striker scored against in the 67th-minute. This time it was a devastating hit from outside the box that gave the Villa shot-stopper no chance.

Helder Costa set Bamford up again in the 74th-minute, a chance which he dispatched of confidently with a curling finish.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Bielsa said: “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 [Bamford] because he scored some wonderful goals. Apart from that 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.”

Bielsa had to make an early substitution in the first half as Pascal Struijk looked like he was getting close to a red card. Bielsa said: “He got an early yellow card and there was a lot of mobility in the middle of the park so I wanted to take him off as a result.”

The victory puts Leeds in third place after six matches, although they could be overtaken this weekend depending on other results.

Their attacking play was effective and brilliant to watch, with Costa and Jack Harrison supplying Bamford regularly.

Leeds’ next match is against Leicester City on Monday 2nd November.

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Smith ‘frustrated’ as Aston Villa suffer first loss of the season

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Smith ‘frustrated’ as Aston Villa suffer first loss of the season

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is ‘very frustrated’ after his side picked up their

Villa nearly went ahead in the first half thanks to Jack Grealish, but the captain’s shot was blocked on the line.

After entering the second half at 0-0, Leeds striker Patrick Bamford got on the scoresheet in the 55th-minute. He reacted first to a save from keeper Emiliano Martinez.


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Bamford scored again not long afterwards, this time a brilliant finish from 20 yards out. He went on to complete his hat-trick in the 74th-minute with another well-taken goal.

Speaking after the match, Smith told BBC Sport: “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.”

Villa did have some bright spells but they failed to capitalise. New striker Ollie Watkins, who recently bagged his first Premier League hat-trick, will be annoyed that he didn’t manage to score in the second half.

Midfielder Ross Barkley was less effective going forward than against Liverpool. He still managed to link up well with Grealish, giving Villa fans something to be happy about.

This is Villa’s first loss of the season after a brilliant start to the campaign. They are likely to bounce back from this soon as Smith has a good group of players at his disposal.

Their next game is at home to Southampton on Sunday 1st November. The fixture gives Villa a chance to get back to winning ways.

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