Facing Stoke City might have given some Leeds United fans butterflies ahead of kick-off today. Now the game is over these fans will be left wondering what they were worried about.

‘Dominate’ is a word bandied around far too often, and far too blithely at times when it comes to how a side puts one over on their opponents. Yet, that warning aside, it is a word that could easily be used to describe the way that Leeds United took today’s game to Stoke City.

It was a typical Whites first-half display for 42 minutes, what with it being all huff and puff but with the final product just beyond their reach. However, it was the calm before a 24-minute storm for the Potters and it was a storm that simply blew them away.

A three-goal storm blows Stoke City away

Stoke City 0 – 1 Leeds United (42′ Dallas)

Stoke City 0 – 2 Leeds United (50′ Alioski)

Stoke City 0 – 3 Leeds United (66′ Bamford)

After that 24-minute salvo, Leeds United didn’t sit back on their laurels, instead, they went hunting for more. In total Leeds had 21 shots at the Stoke goal, five coming after Patrick Bamford’s goal in the 66th minute. In contrast, Stoke only had seven shots in total, and four of those came with them already 3-0 down.

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In fairness, Stoke were chasing the game from the off and continued to do so as time ran out. Leeds United’s 3-0 win sees them still top the table after five games with a two-point gap to Charlton in 2nd. It’s early days yet, but for these Leeds fans there is much to celebrate.

Leeds United dominate Stoke City – Whites fans react


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Last, but by no means, a simple message from Leeds United captain Liam Cooper.

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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.