Leeds United delivered an accomplished attacking performance at Elland Road on Wednesday night, sweeping aside Newcastle 5-2 thanks to a flurry of late goals.
The win saw Marcelo Bielsa’s team leapfrog Steve Bruce’s in the Premier League, while also handing their opponents goal difference a bit of a battering as they relentlessly poured forward.
The Magpies had taken the lead in the 26th minute through Jeff Hendrick, but goals from Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo saw the hosts turn things around midway through the second half. A Ciaran Clark header levelled things up at 2-2, before a total capitulation from the away side saw three goals shipped in 13 minutes – the pick of them a blistering late strike from Jack Harrison.
Here’s how the players rated in a night of contrasting fortune for both teams.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Patrick Bamford (ST) – 7/10 – Linked up well with Raphinha and Rodrigo, before showing his abilities as a poacher by reacting when nobody else did for his goal.