Leeds United 5 Burton 0: Lasogga double as Whites impress

Leeds's Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring the second goal.
Leeds's Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring the second goal.
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TWO goals on debut for Pierre-Michel Lasogga helped Leeds United maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a flourish.

The loanee from Hamburg struck either side of half-time as Burton Albion were ripped apart by a rampant home side.

Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Kalvin Phillips also got their names on the scoresheet in a contest so one-sided it took the Brewers until the 75th minute to muster an effort on goal - and even then Jamie Allen fired high and wide.

Lasogga broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, the loanee from Hamburg allowing a delightful pass from Eunan O’Kane to run across his body before drilling a first time shot beyond Stephen Bywater.

O’Kane was involved again when the hosts doubled their lead, his ball to release Hernandez eventually ending in the ball falling nicely for Phillips to curl into the bottom corner of the net.

Moments after Lasogga hit a post and then saw his follow-up deflected over, United had a third via the penalty spot.

Hernandez did the honours by sending Bywater the wrong way after Luke Ayling had been impeded when trying to reach a corner.

After the break, United struck twice inside six minutes as, frst, Kemar Roofe drilled in from 20 yards and then set up Lasogga for his second.

TALKING POINT

Before kick-off, all the talk was of United’s lame record after international windows - their last dozen outings in the wake of an enforced break in the Championship having yielded ten defeats and just two draws.

By half-time, however, the debate centred on just how many goals would score after a quite magnificent opening 45 minutes.

Eighteen attempts on goal had yielded three goals, a return that would have been higher but for the post and a couple of vital blocks.

United’s attacking football was of the highest order and, even allowing for how poor Burton proved to be, this was an afternoon to fire the imaginations of supporters for what may lay ahead this season.

With debutant Pierre-Michel Lasogga bringing some much needed physical presence to the forward line, Leeds’s attacking midfield trio of Pablo Hernandez , Samuel Saiz and Kemar Roofe were provided with the opportunity to showcase their talents. On this showing, United will take some stopping in full flow.