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Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford has now scored eight goals this season for Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford scored the first hat-trick of his career as Middlesbrough comfortably beat Leeds to climb to sixth in the Championship table.

The forward, 24, flicked home Stewart Downing's cross to put Boro in front.

He then ran onto Adama Traore's through ball to slot the second under visiting keeper Felix Wiedwald.

Leeds created little in attack and Bamford added his third from inside the penalty area after a shot from Traore was blocked into his path.

The victory lifted Tony Pulis' side into the play-off places, displacing Sheffield United by virtue of a superior goal difference, while Leeds remain 11th, six points outside the top six.

Having tasted victory for the first time as Leeds head coach when they beat Brentford 1-0 last Saturday, Paul Heckingbottom named an unchanged starting XI as they looked to build further momentum.

But after Bamford scored twice in five first-half minutes, Boro were in control, with Traore in particular causing major problems for the Leeds defence.

It took until the 86th minute for substitute Caleb Ekuban to produce the first shot on target by the visitors, which was saved by Darren Randolph.

By then, Bamford had snuffed out any chance of a comeback by slotting home his third goal, and he now has six in three games after scoring only once in his previous 22 appearances.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 34minsSubstituted forClaytonat 44'minutes
  • 27Besic
  • 37Traoré
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forCranieat 90'minutes
  • 19Downing

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14Cranie
  • 20Fry
  • 23Harrison
  • 30Baker

Leeds

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 28Berardi
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperBooked at 73mins
  • 8AnitaBooked at 41mins
  • 14O'KaneSubstituted forEkubanat 69'minutes
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forVieiraat 45'minutes
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forForshawat 45'minutes
  • 21SáizBooked at 34mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 9Lasogga

Substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 5Pennington
  • 12De Bock
  • 24Sacko
  • 25Vieira
  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 45Ekuban
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
27,621

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Martin Cranie replaces Patrick Bamford.

Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Leeds United).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing following a set piece situation.

Booking

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Attempt missed. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Caleb Ekuban replaces Eunan O'Kane.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

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3Aston Villa34189753322163
4Derby341612653312260
5Fulham341611757372059
6Middlesbrough351671249341555
7Sheff Utd34174134940955
8Bristol City34141284840854
9Preston34121574033751
10Brentford341311105041950
11Leeds35147144746149
12Millwall341212104035548
13Ipswich34146144543248
14Norwich341211113437-347
15Nottm Forest34124184153-1240
16QPR34109153851-1339
17Sheff Wed34813133744-737
18Reading34810163948-934
19Bolton34810162951-2234
20Hull34712154551-633
21Barnsley34711163448-1432
22Birmingham3486202251-2930
23Burton3478192660-3429
24Sunderland34512173761-2427
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