Leeds United beat Crystal Palace and moved above Arsenal into 10th in the Premier League tonight but it could have been easier.

Jack Harrison gave Leeds the lead after just two minutes.

Patrick Bamford somehow conspired to keep it that way until the 52nd minute, despite a huge chance.

He created that for himself in the first-half, running through on goal before opening his body up and shanking it straight into the stand.

It’s frustrating for Leeds fans who have to endure Bamford going from, as one fan said, “Premier League to pub league in the blink of an eye”, which is a great description of that passage of play at Elland Road.

Bamford made amends in the second half, finishing smartly from a saved shot from Raphinha.

And, to be fair to him, he has been in scintillating form this season. However, if he was as efficient as some of the Premier League’s top scorers he would be out on his own in the race for the golden boot.

We’ve been there so many times, missing chances to put the game out of sight, before letting an equaliser in.

Thankfully, tonight turned out differently and fittingly it was Bamford’s 100th career goal that made it safe.

It’s also fair to say that he could have had his 101st, 2nd and 3rd tonight, too.

It led to some very different reactions to Bamford tonight. First the bad…

And then, the good…

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims big-money Leeds ace ‘barely’ good enough for bench, could cost club millions


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