Leeds climbs into the English Premier League top 10

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After beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday, Leeds climbed into the English Premier League top 10.

A deflected shot by Jack Harrison gave the home side a flying start, and early in the second half, Patrick Bamford tucked home a rebound for his 12th league goal and 100th of his career.

“It is essential for a club like Leeds to get a foothold and build from that after being out of the league for 16 years,” Bamford said. It’s no more than we deserve. It bodes well for Leeds’ future.

A vengeful defeat at Selhurst Park 4-1 in November was their 10th top-flight victory.

This year, it should have won more and registered its first clean sheet in seven matches.

Palace arrived in West Yorkshire freezing with two consecutive league wins, but for much of the match, it was a clear second best. In the absence of the injured top scorer, Wilfried Zaha, the London side lacked a cutting edge.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said, “We were unable to pressurize them as they pressurized us.” “We are a passing team and we fall below our standards when we do not pass the ball well.”

When Harrison’s well-struck shot deflected in off Gary Cahill in the third minute, Leeds immediately punished Palace for leaving too much space on the edge of the penalty area.

Another quick start to the second half was made by Leeds. The thumping shot from Raphinha was well saved by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and followed up by Bamford to turn the rebound from eight yards home.

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