Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford scored a second half-trick with Aston Villa’s 100% start at the start of the season with a 3–0 win in the Premier League on Friday.
The win moves Leeds to third place with 10 points, although an extra game has been played behind Villa in double digits, while leaders Everton, who have 13 points, are in Southampton on Sunday.
An entertaining but goalless first half at Villa Park saw home side England midfielder Jack Grealish most closely followed by an attempt by Luke Ayling to step off the line.
Grealish made a superb opener in the 52nd minute, running from the half-line and going into the box before his shot, and was well saved by Leeds keeper Ilan Messlier.
Three minutes later however, Villa found themselves behind when a Rodrigo shot was pushed by Emiliano Martinez and Bamford hoisted the loose ball home.
Butford took a superb shot from the edge of the area in the 67th minute to take a 2–0 lead when Villa’s defense was put on the hind legs after a loud bang from the midfield by Matusse Klich.
The Leeds striker then completed a hat-trick, his smart footwork making just enough room for his first Premier League treble for an accurate, curling finish after 74 minutes.
Bamford has six goals in six games, managing only one in the top flight in the last 27 with his former clubs.
“I don’t count the first games of the Premier League, which I played, because I was always playing minutes from the bench,” said Bamford, who praised Leeds owner Marcelo Bielassa for his stunning form.
“At this time I have a manager who believes in me and as long as I work hard he will trust me.
“(Hat-trick) is like a dream come true. When the third went to it, it was elation. A big moment for me, ”he said.
Villa’s last home game saw them thrash champions Liverpool 7-2 and manager Dean Smith was disappointed at how his side reacted to going against Leeds.
“They scored the first goal and we were spoiled and they were very good. We were probably 3-0 away in the end with the opportunities they had,” he said.
If we had scored, then who knows what would have happened? Smith said that this is the first time we have been behind in a game and we did not handle it well.
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