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Jack Grealish 6, Ross Barkley 5; Patrick Bamford 9: Aston Villa v Leeds United player ratings

Leeds move up to third after spoiling Villa's perfect start

Patrick Bamford's hat-trick lifted Leeds to third in the Premier League as the striker inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa that shattered the home team's perfect start to the season.

Marcelo Bielsa's side moved within three points of leaders Everton thanks to Bamford's 19-minute treble in the second half at Villa Park on Friday.

Bamford had one goal in 27 Premier League appearances prior to this season, but he already has six in six games this term.

It is a sweet moment for the 27-year-old, who endured a long and winding road to the top featuring long-running criticism of his finishing.

Villa only escaped relegation on the final day of last season, so the first defeat could serve as a reality check for Dean Smith's team after their unexpectedly strong start.

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Published: October 24, 2020 07:56 AM

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