By Mark Smith

26th Nov, 2019 | 12:31pm

EFL rules on Patrick Bamford claim for second Leeds goal v Luton Town

Patrick Bamford scored his first goal in open play since August against Luton, beating James Shea at his near post after being put in by Ben White.

However, he has been denied a second by the Dubious Goals Committee, who have officially given the goal to Luton’s Matty Pearson… not that he’d want it.

Bamford was adamant he’d got his studs on the ball.

Talking after the game (as quoted by the Yorkshire Post) he said, “I know it sounds vague but I stood across the front and I think I actually got my studs on it.

“I don’t know whether it was heading towards goal but I got a nick on it. As a striker you claim them!”

You can try. Unfortunately, Bamford’s official tally reads six for the season and not seven.

But, against Reading tonight Bamford has the chance to do something that he hasn’t done for Leeds since he signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018 for over £6m – score in three consecutive games.

You wouldn’t bet against him at the moment. He’s plugged away for Leeds all season, without really getting the rewards his play has deserved.

He’s still chasing his xG total and he might well never catch it this season – it’s currently at 9.42 (WyScout) and that’s a number that would still see him lagging behind Aleksandar Mitrovic (12) and Jarrod Bowen (11) at the top of the Championship charts.

The oft-used refrain is that Bamford offers much more than goals – and it’s true, he leads the line magnificently.

More importantly, though, his recent goals have seen Leeds through a period where Eddie Nketiah has been out injured.

Nketiah – an out-and-out goalscorer – is due back in full training this Thursday and could be knocking on the first-team door again for the game against Huddersfield on December 7. That can only be a good thing for Leeds United.

That should spur Bamford on too, and we’re betting that he gets his seventh goal of the season tonight at the Madejski.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson hails impact of Liam Cooper in win v Luton