Albion suffered its worst defeat of the season after being completely overtaken by Leeds at The Hawthorns

The Baggies started after an impressive draw in Liverpool and were aiming for their first win under new boss Sam Allardyce

But they were beaten by a rampant Leeds side who scored three goals in nine minutes of the first half to go on to the win

Marcelo Bielsa’s side scored early on when Romaine Sawyers threw the ball out of position with Sam Johnstone, scoring one of the most bizarre own goals you will ever see

Then Leeds met from the 31 up to 40 Minute three times with Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo

But despite the visitors who – along with Albion – came into play with the worst defensive record in the division, the Baggies created nothing and never really looked like a goal

The result means that Albion have conceded 13 goals in their last three home games and have still only won one Premier League game this season

Allardyce scored his first point as Albion head coach with an impressive draw in Liverpool on Sunday

And when Leeds got to town just 48 hours later, the boss initially decided to name an unchanged site that showed bundles of grit and character in Anfield

Left-back Kieran Gibbs was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by Lee Peltier, who made his first league start for the club despite his arrival in January

That meant the Baggies continued in a 4-5-1 formation, with captain Matt Phillips joining Sawyers and Conor Gallagher in central midfield

Callum Robinson started on the right with Grady Diangana on the left and Karlan Grant in the front

Matheus Pereira, widely regarded as Albion’s talisman, once again had to be content with a seat on the bench

Leeds placed themselves in a 4-14-1 system with Patrick Bamford the only striker, and Harrison and Raphina on Kalvin Phillips sat right in front of the back four trying to orchestrate things in midfield

Albion had given himself a mountain to climb by admitting early on in its recent defeats to Newcastle and Villa

And in another big game, they gave the opposition another big head start Leeds had the easiest goal they’ll score in the ninth minute of the season

Sawyers had the ball about 25 yards from goal and there was no danger while Rodrigo was pushing it

But strangely enough, midfielder Johnstone returned a pass that was to the left of his goal but not in it

And that meant the ball sailed into the back of the net for one of the weirdest, funniest own goals you’ll see

While Leeds are a team notorious for scoring goals but also conceding them, Albion had done next to nothing by the time half reached halftime

Darnell Furlong sent in a dangerous cross that Stuart Dallas did well to clear from Grant

Aside from that moment, Allardyce’s side had been toothless and had spent most of the game in their own half in their rigid 4-5-1 system

And what followed was a frantic spell that hit Leeds three times in just nine minutes

You reached your second just after half an hour when a flank from the right was only half cleared

The ball then fell on Alioski, who scored an excellent finish from inside the box to thunder the ball into the top corner

It was Rodrigo who was credited with the goal when the Spain international let it fly from a distance of 20 meters

And that took away a major distraction from Dara O’Shea, which ensured the ball was sailed in wrongly by Johnstone

It meant a tactical shift to a 5-2-1-2 formation, with Ivanovic joining Semi Ajayi and O’Shea at the center of defense

Sawyers and Gallagher were the two midfielders, with Diangana opening right behind a hit pairing by Robinson and Grant

Despite the changes, it was Leeds that opened up the first real opportunity after the restart Bamford watched a shot deflect off the edge of the box

Just before the hour, the Baggies had a great chance to pull back a goal

It came when goalkeeper Illan Meslier played a shockingly loose pass in his own box against Kalvin Phillips

Diangana intercepted it but Meslier atone for his mistake by making an excellent stop, then rejecting the winger who was just six meters away

Whether Leeds had taken their foot off the gas or Albion had got a grip on them, overall the second half was largely uneventful

By the time the clock passed the 70-minute mark, Bielsa’s men had 74 percent possession

Then the Brazilian rolled home a sparkling punch from 18 yards, nestling in the top corner and out of reach of Johnstone

Moments later it should have been six when Harrison hit the sideline and pulled the ball back to Bamford, who shot past

And from that point on, Leeds simply turned the clock down for what was probably the most comfortable win of the season

Albion (4-5-1): Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs, Robinson, Phillips (Ivanovic 46), Sawyers, Gallagher, Diangana (Krovinovic 71), Grant (Pereira 61)

Leeds: (3-5-1-1) Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Klich (Shackleton 58), Raphinha (Costa 71), Harrison, Rodrigo (Hernandez 70), Bamford

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