Leeds United record first win in EPL
Newly-promoted Leeds United continued their barnstorming return to the Premier League as they claimed their first points with a thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.
After being on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at champions Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, produced more vibrant attacking football along with defensive jitters.
Two goals from Helda Costa and one apiece for Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford should have made for a more comfortable afternoon for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
But Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace kept Fulham, promoted along with Leeds last season, in the hunt in an absorbing clash played out at a punishing tempo throughout.
For Leeds, the relief was palpable as the final whistle heralded their first top-flight win since April 2004.
“It was a little too close in the end,” Bamford, who also scored at Liverpool, said. While defensive coaches may pick holes in the Leeds approach, there will be few complaints among the Yorkshire club’s fans, or neutrals, if they keep serving up this kind of entertainment.
They needed only five minutes to go ahead as Costa, unmarked at the back post, took a touch and smashed home.