Kemar Roofe banished bad memories of Loftus Road this afternoon with a wonderful hat-trick in a crucial game at Queens Park Rangers. After starting from the right he was moved up front after Caleb Ekuban was injured, and he made the most of it, bagging three second half goals to steal the show.
It was a shocking first-half in all honesty but we stayed in the game when we were very much second best. Down the left hand side gaps were opening and QPR were keen to exploit, but the finishing wasn’t ever looking too threatening. Up the other end we were tame at best. It’s fair to say Samu Saiz didn’t really ever get going today, and without him we do lack that spark at times, but the second half was sparked by another, Kemar Roofe. He started the second half leading the line, with Saiz in behind, Cibicki on the right and Gjanni Alioski down the left hand side. Phillips played slightly more advanced than Vieira and it was a different game.
An arrowed ball by Alioski landed on the head of Kemar Roofe at the back post, a beautiful header back across goal into the far corner, and not long after another, but this time it involved the introduction of Pawel Cibicki. The Swedish forward collected the ball from Ayling and put in a glorious cross for Kemar Roofe who finished like a striker in form, volleying past Smithies for the second. Next up was a bizarre few minutes, starting with a horrendous moment for Wiedwald, who misjudged a bounce terribly to concede a stoppage time goal. As we were still wondering what on earth had happened QPR broke free and Wiedwald pulled of a quite brilliant save. As we were still wondering how he had saved it Roofe banged in a third for Leeds…The Championship at it’s very best.
A very big game for Leeds and one that we should win given our aims and aspirations and against opponents who are very vulnerable. We got the job done and Thomas Christiansen will be delighted with the points and performance of the second half. Ronaldo Vieira will be the unsung hero in this game, he took control of the midfield in the second half and that gave us the foundations to commit men forward and express ourselves in the final third. A good afternoon in the capital, and closing in on the top six. Ratings will be out later this evening.