Bielsa’s boys are rais­ing the Roofe

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By JOHN RICHARD­SON

KE­MAR ROOFE’S one-man ram­page against QPR made it four wins on the spin for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.

For most of the game Bielsa – who has breathed new life into the club – could sit con­tent­edly on his blue bucket trust­ing his side to con­tinue their Pre­mier League quest de­spite fall­ing a goal be­hind.

Bielsa said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult in this Cham­pi­onship to win four games in a row. It’s even more dif­fi­cult to de­serve to win all four.

“These 12 points have come af­ter the bad loss against West Brom. Now we need more re­sults like these to main­tain the gap be­tween our­selves and the third-placed team.”

Last sea­son Roofe struck four goals against QPR in­clud­ing a hat-trick at El­land Road.

Sadly for Lof­tus Road boss Steve McClaren, light­ning can strike twice, though most of his frus­tra­tion was di­rected at ref­eree Peter Bankes.

That frus­tra­tion could not pre­vent Roofe ad­ding two more goals to his im­pres­sive haul against the West Lon­don out­fit.

Leeds, who were fluid, in­ven­tive and full of early en­ergy were rocked by a goal out of noth­ing from Nahki Wells, who kept his com­po­sure as the hosts were caught nap­ping.

A pass from An­gel Ran­gel saw Wells with space and time to move into the area and fire low past Bai­ley Pea­cock-Far­rell.

But Leeds’ top scorer was not to be de­nied and deep into first-half added time Roofe struck for his ninth league goal of the sea­son.

Pablo Her­nan­dez man­aged to thread the ball through a crowded area for Roofe to stab in from close range.

That goal did not help McClaren’s mood, with his blood pres­sure ris­ing in the sec­ond half when his skip­per Toni Leist­ner was pe­nalised for han­dling in­side his own area.

A first penalty award in 58 games prob­a­bly con­trib­uted to a lengthy dis­cus­sion over who was go­ing to take the kick but it was no sur­prise that Roofe strode for­ward to bury it for his 10th goal of the sea­son.

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