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West Bromwich Albion vs Leeds United. Premier League.

The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion 0

    Leeds United 5

    • R Sawyers (9th minute own goal)
    • E Alioski (31st minute)
    • J Harrison (36th minute)
    • Rodrigo (40th minute)
    • R Dias Belloli (72nd minute)

    West Brom 0-5 Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa's side run riot at The Hawthorns

    Report and free highlights as Leeds thump West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns; Romain Sawyers' own goal handed Leeds an early lead before goals from Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison, Rodrigo and Raphinha sealed emphatic victory; Leeds up to 11th, West Brom stay 19th

    West Brom 0-5 Leeds 2:58
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    Leeds ran riot at The Hawthorns, thumping relegation-threatened West Brom 5-0 as they continued their climb up the Premier League table.

    Marcelo Bielsa's side were sent on their way by a gift from Albion's Romain Sawyers (9), whose back pass beat goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, before goals from Ezgjan Alioski (31), Jack Harrison (36) and Rodrigo (40) saw the visitors into the break with a commanding lead.

    Raphinha put the finishing touch on Leeds' night in the 72nd minute with an emphatic strike on what was a chastening evening for West Brom and new boss Sam Allardyce, who is still looking for his first win in charge at The Hawthorns.

    The victory sees Leeds, who kept back-to-back clean sheets and claimed their biggest Premier League win for 17 years, move up to 11th in the table on 23 points, while West Brom stay 19th, five points adrift from safety.

    How Leeds claimed their biggest Premier League win for 17 years…

    West Brom's difficult night started as early as the ninth minute when Sawyers suffered a nightmare moment. The midfielder attempted to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper but did not look where he was.

    Player ratings

    West Brom: Johnstone (6), Furlong (5), O’Shea (6), Ajayi (5), Peltier (5), Phillips (5), Sawyers (4), Gallagher (5), Diangana (5), Robinson (6), Grant (5).

    Subs: Ivanovic (6), Pereira (6), Krovinovic (6).

    Leeds: Meslier (6), Dallas (7), Ayling (8), Struijk (7), Alioski (8), Phillips (7), Raphinha (8), Klich (7), Rodrigo (8), Harrison (8), Bamford (7).

    Subs: Shackleton (6), Hernandez (6), Costa (n/a).

    Man of the match: Ezgjan Alioski

    Johnstone was stranded to the left of his goal and could only watch on as Sawyers' pass rolled into the empty net to gift Leeds the lead.

    Alioski emphatically doubled Leeds' advantage, leaving Johnstone with no chance again by thumping a left-footed drive in off the post from just inside the area.

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    Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring Leeds' second goal
    Image: Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring Leeds' second goal

    Five minutes later, Leeds had a third thanks to a beautiful team goal. Harrison exchanged passes with Patrick Bamford before cutting inside Darnell Furlong and finding the top corner from close range.

    Leeds were running riot and they added a fourth just before the break. Kalvin Phillips' inch-perfect diagonal pass picked out Mateusz Klich, who rolled the ball into the path of Rodrigo. His shot from the edge of the area hit Dara O'Shea and deflected past a stranded Johnstone.

    Rodrigo celebrates scoring Leeds' fourth
    Image: Rodrigo celebrates scoring Leeds' fourth

    It was a case of damage limitation in the second half for West Brom as Allardyce brought on Branislav Ivanovic for Matt Phillips as the hosts switched to a back three.

    They almost pulled a goal back when Illan Meslier gifted possession to Grady Diangana early in the second half, but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with an important block.

    Team news

    • West Brom were forced into a late change as Lee Peltier replaced Kieran Gibbs, who was injured in the warm-up.
    • Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa kept faith with the team which beat Burnley 1-0 at the weekend.

    Despite that early blip, Leeds remained in firm control and they rounded off their victory in emphatic style with 18 minutes left.

    Raphinha wrapped up a sweeping move on the right, cutting inside and finding the top corner from the edge of the box to seal their biggest victory in the top flight since a 6-1 win over Charlton in 2003.

    Jack Harrison celebrates scoring Leeds' third
    Image: Jack Harrison celebrates scoring Leeds' third

    What the managers said…

    West Brom boss Sam Allardyce: "Things can happen like that [the own goal], they are unexpected but when they do happen, they have to pick themselves up and fight, be determined.

    "Leeds are a tremendous side, I think they are brilliant, but we've seen a performance like that against Liverpool and then we can't do the defending right tonight.

    "Leeds overran us, won 5-0 and they deserved it. I was shocked to see such a poor performance and we have to work hard to put it right. Consistency is everything for us. We can't seem to get a consistency of attacking and defending right."

    "Life will get difficult if we can't get results quickly. We need to make sure we don't dish up another performance like that. Liverpool was fantastic, but this was dreadful, unfortunately."

    Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: "It was a game where we defended well and we were efficient up front. From eight chances we scored five and that helped the result.

    "We played a serious game throughout and we managed the ball well, not committing any errors for them to attack us, apart from a few cases in the second half.

    "We have to keep doing the same and keep doing it over a longer period of time. We have had a lot of highs and lows, only two games ago we had an important defeat and our idea is to play in a consistent manner."

    Man of the match - Ezgjan Alioski

    Alioski
    Image: Alioski celebrates his goal

    Alioski put in an all-action display down the left for Leeds, causing West Brom all sorts of problems when he got forward.

    He got his reward for a fine performance with a superb goal, leaving Johnstone absolutely no chance with a thumping strike which went in off the post.

    Opta stats - Problems mount for West Brom and Allardyce

    Sam Allardyce
    Image: Sam Allardyce is still looking for his first win in charge at The Hawthorns
    • West Brom have won just eight points in the Premier League so far this season - only in 1985-86 have they amassed fewer points after 16 games of a top-flight campaign (6 - converted to 3pts/win all-time).
    • Sam Allardyce has lost consecutive home games by 3+ goals in the Premier League for the first time since November 2007, while in charge of Newcastle United (1-4 vs Portsmouth and 0-3 vs Liverpool).
    • Leeds United have now won seven of their 16 games in the Premier League this season - only six newly-promoted teams in the competition's history have picked up more victories at this stage of a season.
    • Leeds equalled their biggest margin of victory in a Premier League game, winning by five goals for the sixth time in the competition. This was also their joint-biggest margin of victory away from home in their league history.
    • Bielsa's side have now scored 30 goals in the Premier League this season - the only newly-promoted team in the competition's history to have netted more after their first 16 games of a season was Newcastle in 1993-94 (31).

    What's next?

    Next up for West Brom in the Premier League is the visit of Arsenal on Saturday January 2; kick off 8pm.

    Leeds' next league assignment, also on Saturday, is a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Tottenham; kick-off 12.30pm.

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