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Aston Villa vs Leeds United. Premier League.

Villa Park.

Aston Villa 0

    Leeds United 3

    • P Bamford (55th minute, 67th minute, 74th minute)

    Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds: Patrick Bamford hat-trick halts Villa's winning run

    Report and free match highlights as Aston Villa's four-match winning run comes to an end as Leeds move into third ahead of rest of Premier League games this weekend; Marcelo Bielsa's side have 27 shots at Villa Park

    ASTON VILLA 0-3 LEEDS 3:02
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    Patrick Bamford's second-half hat-trick brought Aston Villa's Premier League winning run to a screeching halt as Leeds won 3-0 at Villa Park.

    It was a barn-storming performance from Marcelo Bielsa's side - who caught the eye with their lightning counter-attacks, neat one-touch football and 27 shots at Villa Park - despite a goalless first half.

    Bamford had missed two glorious chances in the opening period, but soon put some demons to rest as he slotted home from an Emiliano Martinez's save 10 minutes after the restart. The next two quickly followed - his second a sublime effort which found the top corner (66) before completing his hat-trick with a scooped finish into the far corner (74).

    Villa will look back at some missed chances and wonder 'what-if'. Jack Grealish had a shot cleared off the line by Luke Ayling in the first half before he and Ezri Konsa both went close early in the second period.

    But Villa were ultimately unable to deal with Leeds' direct play and miss the chance to go top of the Premier League table, remaining in second. Leeds are hot on their heels though, surging into third ahead of the remaining games this weekend.

    How Leeds stormed to victory at Villa Park

    Patrick Bamford's hat-trick sent Leeds third in the Premier League table
    Image: Patrick Bamford's hat-trick sent Leeds third in the Premier League table

    Leeds began like a team with something to prove after defeat to Wolves last weekend and dominated the opening 20 minutes. A curling cross from wing-back Egzjan Alioski was sent wide by Bamford's diving header before another super ball from the North Macedonian found Rodrigo but his shot was turned behind by birthday boy Konsa.

    But Aston Villa soon found their feet and had the best chance of the half in the 26th minute. Ayling lost out to Ollie Watkins on the right, and the striker's cross was diverted into the path of Grealish by a flick of Trezeguet's foot. The Aston Villa captain struck, but he was thwarted by his opposing number, as Leeds skipper Ayling was waiting on the line to boot the ball to safety.

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    Player ratings

    Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (6), Konsa (7), Mings (6), Targett (5), Luiz (6), McGinn (6), Trezeguet (7), Barkley (6), Grealish (7), Watkins (6).

    Subs used: Traore (5).

    Leeds: Meslier (6), Alioski (8), Koch (7), Ayling (8), Dallas (7), Struijk (5), Klich (7), Costa (7), Harrison (8), Rodrigo (7), Bamford (8).

    Subs used: Shackleton (7), Raphinha (6), Hernandez (6).

    Man of the match: Patrick Bamford.

    Leeds then had a last-gasp effort to take a lead into the break. It was a classic counter-attack as Jack Harrison drove down the left flank before sending another super cross into the middle for Bamford. But the Leeds striker was unable to send his shot on target.

    Villa had two huge chances to take the lead early in the second half. Grealish made a sensational solo run, working his way to the right of the area before striking, but Illan Meslier was waiting at the near post to save. The Leeds goalkeeper did so again soon after, tipping a Konsa effort from a corner over the crossbar.

    Team news

    • Aston Villa named an unchanged XI. The only change to the matchday squad came on the bench with Keinan Davis replacing Anwar El Ghazi.
    • Leeds were forced into a change with Kalvin Phillips missing out through injury. Ezgjan Alioski came into the XI.

    Seconds later Bamford found the net for the first time and, unsurprisingly, it came from a superb counter-attack. Harrison picked out the run of Rodrigo into the area, but his initial effort was palmed away by Emiliano Martinez. However, Bamford was in exactly the right place to slot home the loose ball and put Leeds ahead.

    Patrick Bamford's excellent finish put Leeds 2-0 up
    Image: Patrick Bamford's excellent finish put Leeds 2-0 up

    From then on, Villa barely had a look in and Bamford doubled the lead in the 66th minute. After a driving run from Mateusz Klich through midfield, Bamford was given enough time to work himself some space before curling a wonderful strike past Martinez.

    But his third eight minutes later was the pick of the bunch. Helder Costa and Jamie Shackleton - who impressed after replacing the booked Pascal Strujik in the 20th minute - played a neat one-two before the Portuguese winger picked out Bamford inside the area.

    Jack Grealish of Aston Villa is tackled by Pascal Struijk of Leeds United
    Image: Jack Grealish was unable to inspire Aston Villa to victory on Friday

    He took a few steps before finding himself surrounded by Villa defenders, but he managed to lift the ball over the players in front of him before finding the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick and a fine evening's work for the visitors.

    Man of the match - Patrick Bamford

    Bamford was guilty of some pretty big misses in the first half but, having scored in Leeds' two away games so far this season already, he would surely have been confident of getting the better of Martinez as the game wore on.

    That certainly came to be, and in stunning fashion. His first goal showed why he had been making those runs into the area and taking up positions in the first half, while his second two demonstrated his skills as a finisher, especially under pressure.

    It was a wonderful hat-trick and maybe now, some might start to believe Bamford can cut it in the Premier League.

    What the managers said

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith on the touchline at Leicester 0:38
    Dean Smith says Aston Villa had their own chances to win in their 3-0 defeat to Leeds in the Premier League.

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith said: "I've said to the players that I have only been disappointed with 40 minutes of football this season. I was frustrated with the second-half performance as I thought at half-time the game was pretty even, we had chances and they had chances.

    "I told them I was disappointed with our reaction to their first goal as I thought it was pretty even up to then, then after that our reactions weren't what they should be.

    "Jack [Grealish] has been great this season and he had a great chance and then they went down the other end and scored.

    "After that, we lost a yard and they gained a yard and looked a very good team, while we looked a poor team. We were lucky to get away with three actually the way the last 25 minutes went.

    "But you have to give credit to Leeds, I thought they were excellent with their one-touch passing and they comfortably beat us in the second half."

    Patrick Bamford tapped home Leeds' opener
    Image: The striker tapped home Leeds' opener not long after half-time
    Patrick Bamford celebrates his opener for Leeds 0:35
    Marcelo Bielsa says Patrick Bamford can get better after his hat-trick helped Leeds to a 3-0 win against Aston Villa.

    Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said: "We haven't been doing anything different with him [Bamford], he's been doing exactly the same things and he has always been doing, the only difference is now he is converting the chances.

    "Everything that Bamford gets, he gets because he deserves it. From my point of view, he is a player with a lot of qualities and creates a lot of danger. If he continues to improve his efficiency then he will receive even greater plaudits.

    "I am very happy for him, he deserves it. We have made no changes, no significant changes, it is just now that he is being more efficient."

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    • Leeds United's win has moved them to third in the Premier League table, their highest position at the end of a day in the division since September 20th, 2002.
    • This was Aston Villa's first defeat in nine Premier League matches (W6 D2); indeed, tonight was also the first time they had fallen behind at any stage in any of these nine matches, last doing so on July 9 against Manchester United.
    • Patrick Bamford has scored six goals in Leeds' first six league matches this season; only Eric Cantona in 1992-93 (also six) has scored as many goals for the Whites at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

    What's next?

    Aston Villa face Southampton next Sunday in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports Box Office; kick-off 12pm. Leeds play Leicester next Monday, which will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 8pm.

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