Jack Harrison celebrates his third goal against the Hammers

Jack Harrison celebrates his third goal against the Hammers

Jack Harrison’s hat-trick gave Leeds a precious three points in the relegation battle, beating West Ham 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at the London Stadium.

Harrison opened the scoring in the 10th minute but his strike was cancelled out by a Jarrod Bowen header just after the half-hour mark.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were back ahead just three minutes later as Harrison knocked the ball home from close range.

The hosts drew level after the interval via Pablo Fornals’ clever run inside and strike into the bottom corner.

But Harrison sealed the win for Leeds on the hour mark when he broke in behind West Ham’s defence and lofted the ball over Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham manager David Moyes was disappointed after the whistle. He said: “When you play Leeds you know the intensity you need to play at.

“We made mistakes today, it wasn’t anyone else’s fault but there were other reasons for it too.

“The players are making a great go of it but today we were short and didn’t play well enough.”

While Bielsa was thrilled with his side’s display. He said: “It was good that it went in our favour but the margin was very close.

It was a clinical performance from Harrison
It was a clinical performance from Harrison

“It is a triumph for the players because of the effort they put in. The desire to win was very, very big.”

Did you know?

Leeds have won 15 games against West Ham in the Premier League, more than they have versus any other side in the competition’s history.

No side has scored more goals from corners since the start of 2020 in the Premier League than West Ham (24).

Leeds became the first team in Premier League history to hand eight teenagers their debuts in a single season.

Harrison became the first Leeds United player to score a league hat-trick against West Ham since Russell Wainscoat in April 1927.

Bowen has been directly involved in 13 Premier League goals this season, as many as he’d registered last term in the competition.