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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Jack Harrison (3')
  • Patrick Bamford (52')

Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford lift Leeds United past Crystal Palace

Leeds United's Jack Harrison scored early before striker Patrick Bamford reached the 100 goals milestone to lift the Yorkshire side into the top half of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday.

It was a first home win this year for Leeds, who have still lost more games than they have won at Elland Road this season, and nudged them up to 10th on 32 points from 22 games.

Palace, who won their last away game at Newcastle United but had to do without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha, remain in 13th place, three points behind Leeds having played a game more.

Harrison's opener came after 150 seconds, with a shot that took a slight deflection off Gary Cahill and looped high into the net leaving goalkeeper Vicente Guaita caught out.

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Harrison was set up by Stuart Dallas just outside the box and fired off a powerful strike that immediately put Palace on the back foot.

Bamford was inches away from adding to the score in the 10th minute with a glancing header that Guaita managed to stop at the base of the post as Leeds kept up the early pressure.

The centre-forward had another opportunity when he won possession on the halfway line in the 23rd minute and chased down on the Palace goal only to hit his effort high and wide.

Leeds' dominance should have been better reflected in the scoreline with Pascal Struijk next to squander a clear chance, with a wayward diving header just before the break.

But the home side doubled their lead early in the second half after Guaita got a hand to Rafinha's thunderous shot only to tee up Bamford for an easy tuck away.

The 27-year-old striker has played at nine clubs and his 100 career goals includes 12 in the league this season.

Harrison then failed to take advantage of a defensive slip when he hit a shot against the crossbar with six minutes left.

Palace's best chance fell to Eberechi Eze in the 67th minute after substitute Michy Batshuayi opened up the home defence with a strong run but the winger blazed the ball over the bar.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 15 +32 34
2 Chelsea 15 +26 33
3 Manchester City 14 +21 32
4 West Ham United 15 +9 27
5 Arsenal 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Southampton 15 -7 16
15 Everton 14 -7 15
16 Leeds United 14 -7 15
17 Watford 14 -7 13
18 Burnley 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 14 -20 10