By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

26th Oct, 2023 | 1:40pm

Pundit gutted after 'unfortunate' Patrick Bamford penalty miss in Leeds v Stoke

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United …

Patrick Bamford was rightly given the second-half penalty for Leeds United against Stoke despite the miss, according to Paul Robinson.

Bamford entered the fray at the bet365 Stadium as Joel Piroe’s replacement. While Daniel Farke no doubt hoped that the Englishman could get on the scoresheet, few would have predicted his shocking penalty miss in the 75th minute. To add insult to injury, Stoke went on to win 1-0 through an unfortunate Pascal Struijk own goal just five minutes later to secure the result.

Injuries have blighted his recent career, but five consecutive appearances from the bench have put him on the right track for a return to the starting lineup. However, many have questioned why Bamford took the penalty, considering his lacklustre success rate from the spot.

Despite converting just five of his last 10 spot kicks, Robinson praised the striker for his hunger and confidence to get back amongst the goals after being “starved” of opportunities.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “He’s a striker who’s been out for a while and has been starved of goals. We’ve seen the team playing well, we’ve seen Joel Piroe come into the side, Rutter, and they’re all scoring goals and playing well.

“Bamford’s back fit and wants to get in and wants to score goals. I completely understand why he took the penalty. It’s one of those situations where if he’d had taken the back of the net off with it, everyone would have been saying that it’s great to have him back scoring goals.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation for him. His record from the spot hasn’t been great, but you can see that he’s hungry for goals. It wasn’t a great penalty but he showed a lot of character to want to take it.”

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