Leeds United took yet another huge leap in their bid to maintain their PL status after conjuring up a flawless display at home to Premier League journey-men, Crystal Palace.
Leeds broke the deadlock after a mere two minutes when Stuart Dallas played a neat pass inside to Jack Harrison before he struck the ball with shear velocity and conviction which was guided into the back of Guaita’s net via a telling deflection from the Serbian defender, Luka Milivojevic. The Manchester City loanee has certainly blossomed under the stewardship of the Argentine boss, Harrison in a rich vein of form as of late. United should’ve put the game out of sight at half-time; Bamford pounced upon slack defensive acumen from the Eagles when he raced one-on-one with only the keeper to beat but Bamford lacked calmness and composure in front of goal and wildly blazed it into the Norman Hunter stand.
Leeds went in at the break with the game in the balance with the next goal being imperative to give us a clear indication as to which side would take all three points at a bitterly-cold Elland Road. It was the Whites who got the crucially important second when Raphinha stung the palms of Vincente Guaita he then fumbled the attempt from the lively Brazilian and lurking was Patrick Bamford. The forward tonight accumulated his 100th career-goal, a brilliant accolade for a player many thought wouldn’t cut it in the Premier League.
A professional and assured display in the end saw Leeds restrict a Palace side to very few openings, Illan Meslier with a quiet nice at the office. Next up for the Whites is a trip to take on an ill-formed Arsenal side who are winless in two and succumbing to Midlands opposition twice in the space of a week.
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