A second-half hat-trick by Patrick Bamford moved Leeds to third position and ended their counterparts’ winning run in the league.
Aston Villa had an unbeaten run stretching to eight games in the league. It came to an abrupt end after Leeds cruised past them in game-week six. Leeds now sit 2 points behind Aston Villa, who have played a game less.
Leeds, after the win, have also closed the gap with league leaders Everton. There were no goals on show in an entertaining first half at Villa Park. Jack Grealish came the closest when his shot was exceptionally cleared by Luke Ayling.
Grealish again had some excellence in his pockets, when his amazing run from the halfway line resulted in a shot, saved superbly by Illan Meslier. Three minutes later, The Claret and Blue found themselves behind when a Rodrigo shot was pushed out by Emiliano Martinez and Bamford pounced to slot home the loose ball.
12 minutes later, the Englishman doubled his tally for the match, when he struck the ball beautifully to the top corner. He completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, curling the ball to score past Villa’s Argentine shot-stopper.
Bamford has six goals in six games, having managed just one in the top flight in his previous 27 with his former clubs.
“I don’t count the first lot of Premier League games I played because I was always playing a few minutes off the bench,” said Bamford, who praised his boss Marcelo Bielsa for his prolific form.
Hat-trick a dream come true: Bamford
“This time I have a manager who believes in me and as long as I keep working hard he will keep trusting me.
“(The hat-trick) is a dream come true. When the third went in it was elation. A big moment for me,” he added.
Whereas, Dean Smith was disappointed to come away with a defeat. In the press conference after the game, he said that Villa got lucky to not concede more after the chances Leeds had against them. He then pointed out that had his team scored first, it could have been a completely different game.
“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,” added Smith.