Leeds 4-0 Middlesbrough: United go top after thumping Boro
Leeds vs M’boro
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 30th November
Middlesbrough 4-0 swept aside to move back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
Helder Costa and A twin from Mateusz Klich and targets in Boro striker Patrick Bamford saw off the Teessiders, who stay a point above the relegation spots.
The success was a fifth in a row for United who sit a point before second-placed West Brom, who perform Preston on Monday.
Although Boro was the attack in the branch, leeds boasted the meanest defence in the Championship entering this match.
Those stats did not bode well for the visitors when Leeds took charge of proceedings, and really the contest was three minutes old.
When his header was kept out by Aynsley Pears, bamford was refused , but the rookie goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent the second header following a cross from Pablo Hernandez of Bamford.
Leeds were commanding, barely allowing the people to breathe along with Luke Ayling fired as the hosts searched for a moment.
Given his dominance, it looked like only a matter of time before there arrived a second goal to Boro, they weathered the storm thereafter.
However, moving forward, Jonathan Woodgate’s negative created little and their pair of Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga were also isolated for parts of the half.
At the verge of half-time Leeds eventually put some distance between the two sides as Klich pitched their lead.
Bamford laid off a pass that deflected into the path of Klich whose campaign also took a slight nick in the visitors’ goal on its way past Pears.
United picked up where they left as Jack Harrison stung Pears’ hands with a rasping drive from outside the box.
Pears was awake to the threat and came out to block the striker’s attempt from a few yards out although bamford was subsequently placed through after a great pass from Stuart Dallas just before the hour.
Costa then found since the hosts threatened to run away with the contest, an effort charged down.
But the Portuguese winger wasn’t to be stored off the scoresheet for too long, netting his first for the team.
Before rifling an effort beyond a Pears from inside the box, he wriggled his way.
Leeds were hungry for goals and it wasn’t long before Pears was picking the ball from his net.
Klich notched his second of the game with a superb strike flexed to the top corner from outside the box.
Kalvin Phillips saw a free-kick tipped over by Pears , but picked up a fifth booking of the year and could be frozen for the next week’s trip.