Leeds United cruised past the previously unbeaten Aston Villa with ease on Friday night in their 3-0 victory.
Patrick Bamford smashed home his first hattrick for the Whites since arriving two years ago, with only Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Heung-Min Son scoring more.
Those three points sent the Whites into the Champions League spots, a cracking start to the season after a tough run of fixtures including Manchester City and Liverpool.
There were a number of changes made by Marcelo Bielsa, with Pascal Struijk starting in midfield ahead of a reshuffled defence.
Struijk was booked early at Villa Park and was actually sacrificed after 20 minutes, a decision that worked perfectly in the end.
Jermaine Beckford was a massive fan of these decisions, claiming his former side were ruthless on his personal Twitter account.
“What a game and performance Leeds,” he wrote.
“Patrick Bamford fantastic hat trick and all the boys brilliant attitude! Not forgetting Marcelo Bielsa with his tactics and gameplay were sublime.”
What a game and performance @LUFC @Patrick_Bamford fantastic hat trick and all the boys brilliant attitude! Not forgetting Marcelo Bielsa with his tactics and gameplay were sublime…! #RUTHLESS ASTLEE #MOT #MarchingOnTogether
— Jermaine Beckford (@jermainebecks83) October 23, 2020
To analyse how good of a decision it was, Jamie Shackleton’s performance proved it was the right call as he tormented the Villa midfield all evening.
The 21-year-old made two interceptions and a single tackle, as well as having a couple of touches in the opposing box, something Villa couldn’t stop [WyScout].
Everyone knows that Bielsa is a major reason behind Leeds’ success, and he once again proved his worth on Friday evening.
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