Leeds United keep automatic promotion hopes alive with late Patrick Bamford showing to see of Preston North End.
Leeds United were on the warpath after their bitter defeat to Gary Monk’s Birmingham City side at the weekend and looked to threaten straight from the kick-off, with youngest Tyler Roberts testing his angles early on forcing stopper Declan Rudd into a save.
The Welshman was on hand again the creates the next golden opportunity, but no one was alive to his delivery across goal. A promising start for the player who did so well earlier in the season as emergency relief during Bielsa’s forward crisis.
Preston, who were chasing a play-off position, finally got into gear moments later – Lukas Nmecha finding the side netting from Alan Browne’s assist.
Leeds were at it again soon after though, and Ezgjan Alioski, not famed for his finished, probably should have done better when meeting the end of Pablo Hernandez’s low cross.
More pressure in the first half saw efforts from Bamford and Hernandez fly high over the bar, before Klich, who was in pretty decent scoring form at the start of the campaign, saw his effort skid wide of the post with Rudd helpless in goal.
The second half is when the business happened. The Whites smelled blood when Preston’s Ben Pearson brought down Patrick Bamford on a goal-bound run, and though Kalvin Phillips was unable to convert the subsequent freekick, the ball was well and truly in Leeds United’s court.
Another flurry of close efforts eventually came to head and Bamford, who had been knocking all game, opened the scoring in the 62nd minute, netting a beautiful goal from 25 yards. Limbs.
The former Premier League man made sure of the victory 14 minutes from time on this occasion finishing with his head from a Klich cross.
Man of the Match obviously went to Patrick Bamford for inciting utter chaos amongst the travelling fans, but we’d like to give our ‘unsung hero’ to Tyler Roberts.
The youngster followed on from his performance earlier in a season in which he collected a brace with another fine showing last night.
Leeds players may have been slightly downtrodden after the defeat against Birmingham at the weekend, but Roberts made sure to keep his head held high and his early confidence surely inspired his side to push forward. Indeed, an early shot on goal and a well-calculated cross that could’ve and probably should’ve opened the scoring set the tone for the rest of the match.
He may have shown a few signs of inexperience with a couple of blunders on the ball, but for the most part Roberts, the fans and Bielsa can be proud of his performance.
A real talent in the making.
The youngster – who only cost a reported (via the Yorkshire Evening Post) £2.5m – followed on from his performance earlier in a season in which he collected a brace with another fine showing last night. Indeed, that will look a real steal if the Whites are to be promoted to the Premier League, with all the riches that come with it.
Leeds players may have been slightly downtrodden after the defeat against Birmingham at the weekend, but Roberts made sure to keep his head held high and his early confidence surely inspired his teammates to push forward.
Leeds United fans, how confident are you now after Tuesday’s dominant performance? Let us know in the comments below…