Leeds United produced an excellent display to come away with a 3-1 win away at Bristol City. Goals from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were enough to give Leeds three points.
The game was built-up to by Leeds fans with great nervousness. The summer window has proven to be a topsy-turvy one for Leeds fans with activity in the market looking questionable in places with less than a week of the window left. However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side showed themselves to still be able to produce the goods, picking up three points on opening day at Ashton Gate.
Leeds held onto the ball plenty in the opening twenty minutes, but much like the back-end of the season Leeds were unable to create enough clear-cut chances.
Leeds took the lead in the 26th minute. Adam Forshaw found himself in possession on the edge of the box, tapping the ball into Hernandez. With his back to goal, the Spaniard turned onto his left foot before firing a beautifully curled effort into the top left corner.
Kiko Casilla pulled off a great save down the other end as half-time approached. A shoddy clearance was eventually cut-back to Josh Brownhill on the edge of the area, his swinging strike was well saved by Casilla, keeping the score at 1-0. Adam Forshaw came close to scoring his first competitive goal for Leeds, but his low strike just scuffed by the right hand post.
Into the second half and Leeds continued their dominance in possession, Forshaw again coming close with a side-footed strike that would just bounce wide.
Leeds doubled the lead just a few minutes before the hour mark, as Pablo Hernandez somehow managed to catch a first-touch that seemed a lost cause, nipping the ball past Jay Dasilva while running the other way. He and the ball would reunite on the edge of the area before his perfect cross was met by the head of Patrick Bamford. It’s fair to say he needed that one, and he took it well as the net bulged at his excellent headed finish.
Leeds continued to push as Mateusz Klich also had a couple of efforts at goal, before the third was put away by Jack Harrison. Leeds broke away with Stuart Dallas, who ran seventy yards to then cut back to Klich. His shot was deflected into the path of the Leeds loanee who finished on the volley.
Bristol City then had a spell of possession which was converted into a goal with ten minutes to go, which clearly put Leeds in uncomfortable position. Andreas Weimann found the net at the near post after some rather switched-off defending in that moment.
But Leeds tightened up in the final fifteen minutes, and came away with a great three points. Helder Costa, Ezgjan Alioski and Leif Davis all made cameos, while Ben White played particularly well on his debut, spraying some great passes across the pitch. Hernandez of course was instrumental, while Patrick Bamford was excellent in making a nuisance of himself, and grabbing a goal for his efforts.