Leeds United confirm their status as entertainers after another crazy afternoon

AFTER something resembling a basketball 'you-attack-we-attack' match in Leeds United's Premier League bow at Anfield and a basket-case of a game in a 3-3 draw with Charlton on their last top-flight home game way back in May 2004, another riotuous, thoroughly choatic occasion was played out on a historic occasion at Elland Road.

Elland Road.

First, the good news. Leeds have already scored seven times just two matches into their return to the big time.

On the flip side, a concession of seven goals is rather more troubling after this 4-3 victory, their first win in the top-flight since April 10, 2004.

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Leeds confirmed their reputation, should anyone who needed further evidence, that they will be a treat to watch going forward on their re-acquaintance with the top table of English football.

The 'entertainers' label is not a hackneyed one or misplaced.

Unfortunately, United's defensive charity - minus their classy presence of Ben White - will also fill up plenty of discussion time on airwaves, podcasts and various other outlets on social media in the next week.

There were further elements of 'dizzy football' that Mauricio Pochettino used to reference their performance in a 4-3 loss at Liverpool - as they feasted on a flaky Fulham backline.

It was harvest time for Leeds, who filled their boots and took their goals tally to an outstanding seven in two top-flight matches and looked a million dollars for spells.

But a game which should have been played out with serenity was anything but, with goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and substitute Bobby De Cordova-Reid setting the alarm bells reverberating after Leeds surrendered a handsome 4-1 advantage.

Two beauties from Helder Costa and a second goal on successive Saturday's from Patrick Bamford - a player who would toil in the Premier League if you listened to some doom-mongerers - were in danger of being eclipsed.

The first half saw Leeds concede of a third penalty in two Premier League matches - even if this latest concession was soft and debatable - was rather more concerning.

It occurred when Robin Koch injudiciously went to ground to challenge the onrushing Joe Bryan on 34 minutes on the right-hand side of the box.

The German - who conceded a penalty at Anfield - tried to pull out of the tackle at the last second, but it was deemed that he caught Bryan slightly and the penalty decision was upheld after a quick check.

Mitrovic levelled from the spot to make it 1-1 - to cancel out Costa's fifth-minute opener - ahead of more drama when another spot-kick award that would have probably been laughed out of court in the Championship re-established United's lead five minutes later.

The indiscretion arrived from a panicky Bryan as the pendulum swung quickly.

A slight push on Bamford was enough to convince referee Anthony Taylor and Mateusz Klich was not about to look a gifthorse in the mouth as he sent Alphonse Areola the wrong way to register his second goal of the campaign.

The honour of scoring the first home goal for Leeds since Alan Smith's managed that feat some 2,978 days ago went to Costa, who hammered home an unstoppable drive from a tight anle after Fulham's meek defence erred following Kalvin Phillips's corner.

After suffering a pre-match jolt when Pablo Hernandez withdrew from the starting line-up with a groin issue - with club record signing Rodrigo slotting into the starting XI for a full league debut - the confidence of Leeds's work in the opening half-hour was striking.

They were not overly averted by the blow with Koch's eventful day beginning when he deflected a goalbound header from Michael Hector as Leeds briefly switched off from a corner from Ivan Cavaleiro.

The German then had almost had a telling effect at the other end when his point-blank header was tipped over by Areola and the penalties provided the talking points.

On the resumption - a third goal for Leeds, who brought on Tyler Roberts for Rodrigo at the interval - quickly changed the narrative.

A lovely defence-splitting pass from Klich found Bamford, whose low finish was unerring before United's number nine turned provider to flummox Denis Odoi and tee up Costa, whose finish was emphatic and magnificent.

Then, the party lines dimmed. Anguissa got away from Phillips to slot in substitute Reid, whose finish with low and true before Mitrovic rose above Liam Cooper to dispatch a thumping header past Ilan Meslier from Kenny Tete's corner.

A remarkable comeback was almost sealed when Neeskens Kebano saw his drive shudder the post.

Substitute Gjanni Alioski and Klich were denied by Areola, before play instantly switched back to the other end when Mitrovic went close.

It was that sort of game, all right.

Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Costa, Klich, Rodrigo (Roberts 45), Harrison, Bamford (Alioski 70). Substitutes unused: Caprile, Poveda, Struijk, Shackleton, Bogusz.

Fulham: Areola; Tete, Hector, Odoi, Bryan; Reed (Lemina 70); Anguissa; Kamara (Kebano 58), Onomah (Cordova-Reid 58), Cavaleiro; Mitrovic. Substitutes unused: Rodak, Kebano, Cairney, Knockaert, Ream.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).