Leeds fans have waited 16 years for a Premier League game at Elland Road, but their nerves were given a proper test as Marcelo Bielsa’s side squeezed out a 4-3 win over Fulham.
The Whites picked up where they left off at Liverpool last weekend, as goals from Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford sealed the three points, despite a late fight back from Scott Parker’s team.
Despite having no fans to roar them on a historic day in West Yorkshire, the home side flew out of the blocks, and Costa fired them in front on five minutes.
Kalvin Phillips’ corner was helped on at the front post, and with Fulham unable to clear their lines, Costa bulleted home the loose ball.
Leeds dominated the rest of the first half but were pegged back against the run of play on 34 minutes, as Aleksandar Mitrovic slotted home from the penalty spot.
However, that reprieve didn’t last long for the visitors as Klich confidently tucked home his own spot kick just before the break.
Bielsa side motored on after the restart, as Bamford put them into a quick fire 3-1 lead.
Klich’s through ball split the Fulham defence, and the former Chelsea man strode on and fired netted past Alphonse Areola.
And with Leeds’ confidence flowing all over the pitch, Costa added a brilliant fourth a few minutes later.
Bamford’s hard work hustled Kenny Tete off the ball put wide, and his neat ball found the onrushing Costa to crash home his second of game.
But despite being three goals behind, Fulham refused to lie down and Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s strike hauled them back into it.
Mitrovic then began to cause more and more problems for Leeds, and the Serbian got away from Liam Cooper to power home Tete’s cross.
With the balance of the game now completely swung in their favour, Fulham pushed and pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.
Neeskens Kebano hit a post as the Cottagers pressed, and Mitrovic forced a fine stop from Illan Meslier, but in the end, Leeds had enough to clinch a first Premier League win more than a decade.
FULL TIME AT ELLAND ROAD IT’S LEEDS 4 FULHAM 3