In truth, Leeds cruised to a comfortable victory and have now scored 14 goals in their five league games so far this season. Former Spanish international Pablo Hernandez produced a sublime man of the match display to help the whites claim their second away victory of the season. Norwich, who currently sit in 17th place in the table, have now lost three of their opening five fixtures.
The home side began the game brightly and created several half chances in the first quarter. In the 13th minute, Finnish striker Teemu Pukki forced Pontus Jansson into making a brilliant late sliding tackle to stop Norwich from opening the scoring. Leeds responded in the 21st minute with a lightning-quick counter-attack of their own. Pablo Hernandez’s jinking run and clipped cross where met by a Gianni Alioski diving header which was parried by Tim Krul into the path of Polish midfielder Mathieus Klich, who calmly half-volleyed the ball into the left-hand corner of the net. Leeds quickly doubled their lead when Macedonian winger Alioski finished a slick move between Barry Douglas and Kemar Roofe. Former Holland international Tim Krul will be very disappointed to be beaten at his near post by the strike.
Kalvin Phillips produced a mature, polished display in the Leeds midfield and showed no signs of petulance regarding his early first-half substitution at Swansea. Norwich would have halved the deficit before halftime if not for two superbly timed last-ditch interventions by Phillips. The game was finished as a contest in the 67th minute as the man of the match Hernadez curled a brilliant twenty-yard strike into the right corner of the goal. The game ended with another excellent goal-saving tackle by the sublime Phillips as Leeds kept their second clean sheet of the season to reclaim the top spot in the table.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke was attempting not to be too downbeat after the game and told the BBC – “I am very disappointed with the result – but I also look at the performance, and I don’t think we are too far away.” For Leeds, their attention now turns to their top of the table clash with Middlesborough on Friday night. Argentinean head-coach Marcelo Bielsa attempted to downplay his side’s excellent start to the season when he told the Yorkshire Evening Post – “We have only played about 10 per cent of the season and we have to keep things in perspective.”
Leeds 3 (Klich 21, Alioski 26, Hernandez 67)
Norwich City: Krul, Pinto, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Thompson (Stiepermann 81), Trybull, Pukki, Leitner (Buendia 75), Hernandez, Rhodes (Srbeny 81). Subs not used: Godfrey, Zimmermann, Marshall, McGovern.
Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Berardi, Phillips, Douglas, Hernandez (Harrison 79), Saiz (Baker 90), Klich, Alioski, Roofe (Bamford 77). Subs not used: Pearce, Blackman, Shaughnessy, Shackleton.
Referee: S. Hooper
This article is written by Robert Giles. Rob is a thirty year old, long-suffering Leeds United fan from Dublin.
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