Patrick Bamford fired a fine hat-trick as Leeds finally ended Aston Villa’s 100 per cent winning record in the Premier League in an enthralling game at Villa Park.
The first 20 minutes belonged to Leeds, who should have been ahead in the fifth-minute but Bamford guided his header agonisingly wide from Ezgjan Alioski’s cross.
Driven by Jack Grealish, Aston Villa grew into the contest, and only a desperate goal-line clearance from Luke Ayling denied the England international his third goal of the season to keep the scores level.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were incredibly dangerous on the break and a rapid counter-attack almost undone Villa just before half time as Jack Harrison’s cross found Bamford, who again should have done better with the finish as he stabbed his effort off-target.
But Bamford would have the last laugh, opening the scoring 10 minutes after the restart with a simple tap in after Emiliano Martinez spilled Rodrigo’s shot.
Bamford added his second 11 minutes later with a beauty of a shot leaving Martinez no chance – but he wasn’t finished there.
Leeds constantly outnumbered the hosts in the wide areas, and their talisman grabbed his hat-trick with a lovely curled finish, as Dean Smith’s perfect record was ended in style.
Victory moves Bielsa’s men up to third in the table with 10 points – above reigning champions Liverpool – but Villa remain second with 12.