Leeds too good for Palace, go 10th in EPL

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Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford have scored in either half as Leeds United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to climb into the Premier League's top 10.

Harrison's deflected shot gave Leeds a flying start and Bamford tucked home a rebound early in the second period for his 12th league goal of the season.

Leeds secured their 10th top-flight win of the campaign and gained sweet revenge for a 4-1 defeat at Selhurst Park in November.

They should have won by a bigger margin after spurning several chances but registered a first clean sheet in seven matches this year.

Palace, who arrived in freezing West Yorkshire on the back of two straight league wins, were a clear second best for most of the match.

Eberechi Eze's individual brilliance was too fleeting to halt a Leeds onslaught, with Palace lacking a cutting edge in the absence of injured top scorer Wilfried Zaha.

Leeds were quick to punish Palace for allowing them too much space on the edge of the penalty area when Harrison's well-struck shot deflected off Gary Cahill to give the hosts a third-minute lead.

Palace began to pose more of a threat as the first period progressed, with Eze's individual brilliance keeping Leeds' rearguard on their toes.

Palace's appeals for a penalty just before half-time when Luke Ayling eased Jordan Ayew off Jairo Riedewald's through ball were waved away by referee Andre Marriner.

Leeds extended their lead in the 52nd minute.

Raphinha's thumping shot was well saved by Guaita and Bamford followed up to turn home the rebound from eight yards.

Eze could have hauled Palace back into it in the 67th minute but he blazed substitute Michy Batshuayi's cutback over the crossbar.

Stuart Dallas's fizzing low drive then forced a great save from Guaita and Harrison's angled effort struck the crossbar as Leeds chased a third goal.