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Leeds see off Crystal Palace as Bamford nets 100th career goal

They say revenge is a dish best served cold and on a freezing night at Elland Road Patrick Bamford had his against Crystal Palace.

Bamford scored his 100th career goal against the club who snubbed him when he was on loan there five years ago.

The striker never started for Palace during his six-month loan and was limited to just six substitute appearances by then Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

There is no doubting Bamford’s quality now and his tap-in for Leeds’ second was his 12th Premier League goal of the season to add to his five assists.

It also brought up the ton for the former Nottingham Forest trainee after he scored against Crewe in March 2013 while on loan with MK Dons.

Patrick Bamford scored the 100th goal of his career

He might have had a couple more on a night when Leeds totally dominated Palace to regain their old swagger at Elland Road.

For Palace it was another defeat without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha and they have now lost 17 of their last 19 league games when he has not played.

The Eagles were toothless up front and inept at the back and they lost possession too easily for both Leeds goals.

Hodgson handed on-loan Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta his debut and the Frenchman made his mark in the opening three minutes, but not in the way he would have wanted.

Mateta lost possession just outside the Palace box to allow Leeds to counter quickly and score the opening goal through Jack Harrison.

Jack Harrison opened the scoring
Jack Harrison opened the scoring

Mateusz Klich pounced on his poor touch to feed Stuart Dallas, who found Harrison in space, and his right-foot shot was deflected home past Vicente Guaita.

Guaita denied them a second when he made a fine save low down to his right to save Bamford’s header from Ezgjan Alioski’s cross.

Bamford looked in the mood for a goal and he should have scored when he intercepted Luka Milivojevic’s loose pass to create a chance for himself. He brilliantly touched the ball past Gary Cahill to accelerate towards goal, only to open up his body too much and hit his left-foot shot well over.

Raphinha produced a moment of brilliance when he did a 180 degree turn before nutmegging Cahill with a delightful backheel. The hapless Cahill responding by pulling back the Brazilian winger just outside the area before he could get away.

Leeds are into the top half
Leeds are into the top half

Leeds’ only concern was they did not have a second goal to reflect their total dominance and Pascal Struijk wasted a gilt-edged chance just before half-time.

Kalvin Phillips floated over a cross and the Dutch defender headed wide from just a few yards out.

Hodgson tried to gain a foothold in the game by bringing on Andros Townsend, but they could not halt the flood of Leeds’ attacks.

Ironically for all their possession, Leeds’ second on 55 minutes also came on the break when Phillips intercepted Scott Dann’s clearance to feed Klich, who slipped in Raphinha. His shot was saved by Guaita and Bamford was on hand to tap home the rebound.




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