Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford scored a second-half hat-trick as it brought Aston Villa’s 100% start to the season to an abrupt end with a 3-0 away victory in the Premier League on Friday.
The win moves Leeds up to third on 10 points, albeit having played an extra game, two points behind Villa, while leader Everton, who has 13 points, is at Southampton on Sunday.
An entertaining but goalless first half at Villa Park saw the home side’s England midfielder Jack Grealish go closest when his effort was cleared off the line by Luke Ayling.
Grealish then almost scored a stunning opener in the 52nd minute, running from the halfway line and jinking into the box before his shot was well saved by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.
Three minutes later though Villa found itself behind when a Rodrigo shot was pushed out by Emiliano Martinez and Bamford pounced to slot home the loose ball.
Bamford made it…