Leeds fans react to Bamford display v West Brom
Patrick Bamford didn’t score in the 1-0 win over West Brom at Elland Road on Tuesday night. However, he put in a real shift – the sort of performance that stats don’t measure.
Looking just at the numbers this was a typical Bamford display – two shots, one on target, no goals and an xG of 0.78 [WyScout] over the 90 minutes. He had one big chance which he fluffed from just a few yards out when it looked like he must score.
He deflected the ball towards the goal but close enough to Sam Johnstone in the Derby goal for him to make a save. Johnstone then stood up again to save from Helder Costa from close range.
With the score at 1-0, that would have given Leeds some breathing room but instead they were left under the cosh for the second 45 minutes and hanging on at times.
So far, so Bamford. But, those stats ignore how well he held the ball up when Leeds were in trouble.
He was strong, determined and he showed great intelligence at the end of the game when he kept the ball and shepherded it into the corner. We would love to see Eddie Nketiah get more of a chance but the result last night might have been very different without Bamford on the pitch.
He was rightly awarded the man-of-the-match award and plenty of Leeds fans responded to an official tweet from Leeds asking how good he was.
One summed it up brilliantly when he said Bamford was a “Warrior start to finish”.
Unreal tonight. Hold up play, strength and running was immense.
— Brandon Yates (@Brandon7Yates) October 1, 2019
Brilliant effort, well done
— Llewellyn (@LewLUFCforlife) October 2, 2019
Desperately want him to start hitting the back of the net, his games over the last few weeks have been spot on… keep going @Patrick_Bamford it’s going to come and when it does you’ll hear Elland Road crank up another level!
— Cozy 💙💛 (@Cozy1978) October 1, 2019
*Note to Leeds fans* please stop being so negative about Bamford every week he is a Leeds player get behind the team and ALL the players.
— James Rodgers (@James_Rodgers1) October 1, 2019
— Luke (@LukeMOT7) October 1, 2019
didnt score, but didnt need to. was all over the place like alioski does (in a good way). was a tough game but didnt need to score to prove himself as his work rate was insane!
— Jude Wales (@JudeWales1) October 1, 2019
No question left unanswered. Warrior start to finish..👊🏻
— LEEDSMadHatter (@LEEDSMadHatter) October 1, 2019
Worked his socks off, best player on the pitch tonight. Well done 👍
— Matt Liddon (@matt_liddon) October 1, 2019
What a shift he put in. Held the ball up well with some beautiful touches and passes.
— Alan Thompson 🇮🇪 (@thombo1987) October 1, 2019
Full marks and worthy winner of MOTM.
Let’s use tonight’s epic battle to push the team on.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) October 1, 2019