Bielsa’s boys are raising the Roofe
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.