Leeds United moved up to the top half of the Premier League table with a good win over Crystal Palace at Elland Road.
The Whites made the perfect start inside four minutes as some nice patterns between Dallas and Klich opened some room on the edge of the box for Jack Harrison. H lined himself up and had a pop and a fortunate deflection sent the keeper the wrong way and gave Leeds the lead.
"You have no authority here, Jackie, no authority at all!"— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 8, 2021
Patrick Bamford should’ve scored on 22 minutes after intercepting a pass played across the middle of the pitch. A brilliant first touch took the ball wide of Gary Cahill and Bamford followed suit, driving toward the edge of the box with Cahill closing down, Bamford skewed his shot across goal and the chance was gone in a flash.
Youngster Pascal Struijk is looking for his first Leeds goal and nearly got it on the stroke of half-time. Kalvin Phillips whipped the ball in from the left following a cleared corner-kick, Struijk broke into the six-yard box and headed well wide from close range.
The Whites eventually managed to double their lead on 53 minutes as Leeds won the ball high up the pitch, with Klich playing an excellent through ball between the lines for Raphinha. His shot towards the near post was parried away but only as far as Patrick Bamford who stroked the ball home to score his 100th career goal.
Jack Harrison gave Marcelo Bielsa's side the perfect start as his deflected strike gave them the lead as early as the third minute before Patrick Bamford sealed all three points early in the second half with his 100th career goal.— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 8, 2021
Leeds might’ve added a third goal late-on as Harrison latched onto a poor clearance on the left. He marauded toward the penalty area before unleashing a fierce strike across goal, hitting the top of the crossbar.
In the end, it was a dominant display from Leeds in a well-deserved victory. Palace were not without their dangers but The Whites managed the game pretty well and saw the three points out to the full-time whistle. We now look ahead to the next game as Leeds travel to Arsenal.