Hull City 0-4 Leeds United: Ayling, Hernandez & Roberts give Whites victory

Leeds United further strengthened their grip on a place in the Championship’s top two with a fourth successive victory against out-of-form Hull City.

The Whites are now eight points clear of third-placed Fulham, who face Preston North End at 15:00 GMT, and one point behind leaders West Bromwich Albion before their game against Wigan Athletic.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa handed a first league start to 19-year-old Illan Meslier with first-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla beginning an eight-match ban for racial abuse, but the on-loan shot stopper was seldom troubled as the dominant visitors kept a fourth straight clean sheet.

Leeds went ahead inside the opening five minutes, as Luke Ayling’s 20-yard strike took a huge deflection off Callum Elder and spun into the corner of the net.

Having already rattled a shot against the angle of crossbar and post soon after Ayling’s opener, Pablo Hernandez doubled United’s advantage at the start of the second half with a cool finish past George Long.

Tyler Roberts completed the scoring with two more goals in the final 10 minutes, first firing in following Mateusz Klich’s classy lay-off and then heading home after another Klich assist.

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While Leeds seemingly edge towards promotion to the Premier League after recovering from a mid-season wobble, Hull continue to slide towards the bottom three having climbed to eighth with victory at Sheffield Wednesday on 1 January.

Grant McCann’s side have failed to win in the Championship since then, losing eight of their past 10 league games to leave them just four points above the relegation zone.

They were arguably unfortunate to find themselves behind after a relatively even first half against Leeds, but were comprehensively outplayed by their visitors during the second period.

Before Roberts’ late double the Whites struck the woodwork for a second time when Jack Harrison’s brilliant curling effort bounced back off the upright, while Helder Costa twice forced Long into smart saves.

Substitute Norbert Balogh went closest to scoring for Hull, clipping the outside of the post from just inside the box, but the Tigers were well short as they slipped to a third straight defeat.

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Match ends, Hull City 0, Leeds United 4.

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Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Leeds United 4.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Hull City).

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Marcus Maddison (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Jack Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Callum Elder.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Leeds United 4. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich with a through ball.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Robbie McKenzie (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Leeds United 3. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt missed. Ben White (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Callum Elder.

Attempt blocked. Robbie McKenzie (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Marcus Maddison replaces Martin Samuelsen.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Matthew Pennington (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Norbert Balogh.

Attempt blocked. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich with a headed pass.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Tyler Roberts.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Norbert Balogh (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Hernández following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Robbie McKenzie.

Norbert Balogh (Hull City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniel Batty with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts replaces Patrick Bamford.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Kevin Stewart (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robbie McKenzie (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Norbert Balogh replaces Josh Magennis.

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