Leeds United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday night and Gary Cahill was left with egg on his face after a clip of him being nutmegged with a back-heel by Raphinha went viral. 

Patrick Bamford got the second goal of the game and talking to the official Leeds United podcast, he said that he knew he was going to score after he got in front of Cahill for the header he missed in the first half.

His goal, after 52 minutes, pretty much put the game to bed and Bamford shared what Cahill said to him after that.

“I think for Palace they seemed to step off us and let us do what we wanted to do,” Bamford said.

“Gary Cahill was saying in the second half, ‘We’re not at it today, we’re so slow at doing everything’.

“I just thought they were passive, they just let us do everything… not that we didn’t play well because we forced them into it. But that was good, we controlled the game.

“Once we got the second goal it was that little bit more comfortable and there were times we were passing it around at the back and almost slipped, which was a bit nerve-wracking.

“But in general, it was a nice game to play.”

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Cahill fesses up

You won’t find a much more honest reaction to getting megged with a backheel than, ‘we’re so slow at doing everything’.

Reactions to Cahill ranged from ‘he’s been retired’ by fans to ‘Poor Gary, I think he struck oil’ from Ally McCoist.

It was a fantastic bit of skill that completely exposed the Palace defender late on in the first half and Cahill was lucky not to give away a penalty as he desperately pulled Raphinha to the ground.

We said the reverse 4-1 fixture wasn’t a 4-1 game and this was much more of an accurate reflection of the action.

Understat had the xG down at 2.65 to 0.37 which shows the result was just about correct.

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