sport news Leeds 4-0 West Brom: Marcelo Bielsa's men top after impressive win

Leeds 4-0 West Brom: Patrick Bamford nets twice after Pablo Hernandez opens scoring after just 16 SECONDS to send Marcelo Bielsa's men top Pablo Hernandez took just 16 second to break the deadlock at Elland Road  Striker Patrick Bamford doubled the hosts' lead before the half-hour mark  The former Middlesbrough and Chelsea forward fired a third in the second half Ezgjan Alioski popped up in added time to net a fourth for Marcelo Bielsa's men 

By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline

Published: 21:37 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 21:45 GMT, 1 March 2019

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The energy, the sheer insatiability of Leeds United with Marcelo Bielsa in charge might just do it.

Friday night was as good as it has been under him. Friday night felt like this is a Premier League club in waiting.

A night Leeds really, really needed to turn up and produce at the end of a week whereby their energy levels came in for significant questioning. Bielsa answered those critics emphatically. 

Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring from outside the area with just 16 seconds on the clock

Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring from outside the area with just 16 seconds on the clock

The Spaniard wheels away after opening the scoring against Leeds' promotion rivals at home

The Spaniard wheels away after opening the scoring against Leeds' promotion rivals at home

The no 19 slides on his knees in front of supporters at Elland Road following his early strike

The no 19 slides on his knees in front of supporters at Elland Road following his early strike

MATCH STATS 

LEEDS UNITED: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Hernandez, Roberts, Klich, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Douglas, Dallas, Berardi, Brown, Shackleton, Gotts

Scorers: Hernandez 1, Bamford 28, 63 Alioski 90

WEST BROM: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Adarabioyo, Harper, Livermore, Barry, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Gayle.

Subs: Bartley, Morrison, Townsend, Montero, Bond, Field, Murphy

Booked: Barry 

Referee: Tim Robinson 

The club’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, does require promotion – as detailed in Sportsmail on Tuesday – and these will be very nervous months indeed, with the Championship as tight as ever. Continuing playing like this and there will not be quite so much jangling.

West Brom, now seven points adrift of Leeds, were lost boys in yellow and green observing a blur of movement around them.

Elland Road was volcanic. Hundreds had lined the path outside to welcome their heroes

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