AT THIS rate the BBC will have to extend “Match of the Day” just to show Leeds United highlights.

After their opening day top-of-the-bill 4-3 defeat at champions Liverpool, the Whites were on the right side of the same scoreline against Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday.

Once more some of the defending was X-certificate but for sheer entertainment their attacking display would earn them a drama BAFTA.

Leeds don’t have any real A-listers in their ranks but coach Marcelo Bielsa’s high-octane football is box office for Premiership viewers – and there may be more to come.

Striker Patrick Bamford warned that the Whites are still not at full throttle. “We only had two pre-season matches and the last two games (against Liverpool and Carabao Cup opponents Hull) so I don’t think everyone is up to full speed yet. I think maybe in five matches we will be in the flow of it.”

Despite the loss of Pablo Hernandez to a groin strain in the warm-up, Leeds made the perfect start when the unmarked Helder Costa thumped home off the bar when the Cottagers failed to deal with a fifth-minute corner.

Fulham enjoyed a fair amount of possession before Robin Koch’s ill-judged challenge on Joe Bryan enabled Aleksandar Mitrovic to level from the spot. Having won his side a penalty Bryan promptly gave one away, his nudge on Bamford letting Mateusz Klick regain the lead. The Polish midfielder then turned provider on 49 minutes, cutting Fulham open for Bamford to finish smartly. Seven minutes later Bamford outpaced Denis Odoi and cut the ball back for Costa to crash home.

At 4-1 most teams would have shut the game down, but that is not the Bielsa way. The high-risk quest for more goals continued and spirited Fulham got back into the game through substitute Bobby De Cordova-Reid and a trademark Mitrovic header – 4-3 after 67 minutes. Only the foot of a post denied Neeskens Kebano from equalising but Leeds continued to press and finished the stronger of the two sides to earn their first Premiership win in 16 years.

While welcoming the victory, Bielsa knows there is room for big improvement. In the Championship they created stacks of chances but have found it harder in their opening two Premiership games to fashion openings. “This won’t be a constant all year. It is very difficult to maintain the efficiency (in front of goal) we have had in these first two games,” he said.

“The characteristics of our game is to create goalscoring opportunities. In these two games we have created very little but we have scored all our chances.

“We have had two very different games. Against Liverpool we tried to get close to a very big rival and today we tried to not be caught by Fulham. Both were very difficult games.”

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Rodrigo (Roberts HT), Helder Costa, Harrison, Bamford (Alioski 70). Subs (not used): Caprile, Poveda, Alioski, Roberts, Bogusz, Struijk, Shackleton. Caution: Klich

Fulham: Areola, Tete, Hector, Odoi, Bryan, Reed (Lemina 70), Anguissa, Cavaleiro, Kamara (Kebani 58), Onomah (Cordova-Reid 58), Mitrovic. Subs (not used): Rodak, Cairney, Knockaert, Ream. Cautions: Mitrovic, Tete

Ref: Anthony Taylor