Brilliant Bamford nets hat-trick as Leeds hand Villa first defeat

Ross Houston
October 26, 2020

Patrick Bamford hit Leeds with a hat trick when the team faced football in the English Premier League at Aston Villa late Friday.

His six goals across the first half-dozen games of a Premier League season meant that he further equalled Cantona's achievements from the 1992-93 season, matching the Frenchman's long-standing record - and he has helped United to match the record for most goals by a newly promoted club across the same opening period, matching Middlesbrough from the same campaign.

Villa had started the season in fine form with wins over Sheffield United, Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City ensuring they remained the only team left with maximum points.

Bielsa's side moved into third in the Premier League thanks to Bamford's 19-minute treble in the second half at Villa Park.

"I think his development is more to do with him and less to do with me".

"That is the first time we have been behind in a game and we didn't handle it very well".

Smith had told his players they would get "a bloody nose very quickly" if they rested on their laurels, but they did not heed the warning as Bamford delivered the knockout punches.

Ezri Konsa's close-range effort was saved, whilst Jack Grealish had his shot cleared off the line by Luke Ayling in the first half and then his quite incredible solo run at the start of the second half ended up with his shot being saved. "If there's contact it should be a penalty".

Three minutes later though Aston Villa found themselves behind, when a Rodrigo shot was pushed out by Emiliano Martinez and Bamford pounced to slot home the loose ball.

83 Patrick Bamford is the first Leeds player to score in each of their first three top-flight games since Gordon Hodgson 83 years ago, in 1937-38.

Smashing a blistering strike into the top corner from the edge of the area, Bamford gave Martinez no chance.

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