Leeds United cruised to a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa on Friday evening in the Premier League.

Patrick Bamford smashed in a hattrick at Villa Park, with the three points taking Leeds into the Champions League places early on in the season.

The Whites had to do it the hard way too, with Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente all missing out through injury.

It was an end-to-end first half which finished goalless, but after the first goal in the second half, Leeds took complete control.

Could it have been different though?

Before Bamford’s opener, Jack Grealish let the Whites off the hook massively when he wasted a huge chance for the first goal.

Picking up the ball on the halfway line, the Villa captain skipped his way through the Leeds defence far too easily, with Helder Costa disappointing with his effort.

At this stage, Grealish and Ollie Watkins were two on two with the Whites defence, but the England international chose the wrong option.

Luke Ayling stepped in to block the shot, leaving Watkins wide open for a tap-in, something which would have put Villa into the lead.

Grealish was his side’s only threat all evening, missing two clear cut chances to score.

That decision would prove to be costly though, with the home side completely blown away after that chance went begging.

When you get chances against Leeds you have to take them, or you will be punished, and that is exactly what happened on Friday evening.

Grealish let Leeds off the hook, and you cannot do that – not that we’re complaining.

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