Patrick Bamford nets 19-minute hat-trick as Leeds inflict first Premier League defeat of season on Aston Villa

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Patrick Bamford netted a devastating second-half hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday.

The striker’s 19-minute treble saw Villa’s unbeaten start to the season end in emphatic fashion as Marcelo Bielsa’s side climbed to third in the table.

Aston Villa could not handle a red-hot Bamford

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Aston Villa could not handle a red-hot Bamford

It was the two clubs’ first meeting since their controversial clash last April when Leeds boss Bielsa ordered his side to allow Albert Adomah to run through and score an equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Bielsa’s move – which followed a furious response to Leeds scoring a goal while Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia was down injured – effectively handed an automatic promotion spot to Sheffield United.

Bamford had a good early chance for Leeds but his diving header from Ezgjan Alioski’s deep cross from the left went narrowly wide.

At the other end, Ross Barkley stung the palms of Illan Meslier with a shot from outside the penalty area.

It was not Jack Grealish or Villa’s day

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It was not Jack Grealish or Villa’s day

Leeds enjoyed the better of the opening 25 minutes but Villa rode their luck and then had the best chance of the game so far.

Ollie Watkins’ low cross from the right side of the penalty area found Jack Grealish at the far pos and the Villa captain got a good contact with his left foot as he turned the ball goalwards but Luke Ayling’s was on the goal-line to make the clearance.

Leeds survived a penalty scare late in the first-half when Grealish went down under a challenge from Helder Costa just inside the area. Referee Paul Tierney waved away the appeals and his decision was supported by a VAR check.

Bamford opened the scoring in the 55th minute when he tapped in a rebound from a Rodrigo shot that was parried by Emiliano Martinez.

Bamford’s second goal was outstanding

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Bamford’s second goal was outstanding

He superbly curled home his second from 20 yards as Martinez could only watch the ball sail into the top left-hand corner.

And Bamford’s hat-trick was completed when his quick feet saw him get a shot away in the box with 16 minutes remaining.

England hopeful Bamford has now scored six goals in as many Premier League matches this season.





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