Aston Villa’s perfect start to the season came to an abrupt end on Friday as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by an electric Leeds United at Villa Park.
It was all Leeds early on as Marcelo Bielsa’s side terrorised Villa down both flanks, but they couldn’t take advantage of a number of dangerous crosses into the box. However, Villa had the best chance of the half through Jack Grealish, whose effort beat the goalkeeper and needed clearing off the line by Luke Ayling.
It was the Patrick Bamford show after the break. He netted a tap-in shortly after the break before adding a second from range, and he showcased some stunning feet to add a third with a delightful finish from inside the box.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Ollie Watkins (ST) – 6/10 – Pressed well and caused Koch and Ayling all sorts of problems in the first half with his movement, but didn’t actually do much in front of goal. Never looked like scoring.
Bertrand Traoré – 6/10
Patrick Bamford (ST) – 9/10 – A real tale of two halves. Lacked any form of end product in the first but was outstanding in the second. Took his second and third goals with real class. Hatrick Bamford (sorry).
Jamie Shackleton – 7/10
Pablo Hernández – 6/10
Raphinha – N/A