What was said between Bamford, Ayling & Cooper as Leeds ace sent off v City
The majority of Leeds United fans will have been cursing when Liam Cooper was sent off against Man City on Saturday.
But there were some amazing conversations going on between the Leeds players on the pitch.
On the latest episode of the Official Leeds United Podcast, Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford detailed exactly what was said.
“I saw you [Bamford] staring at the bench when Pascal was getting ready to come on,” Ayling said.
“No, do you know what actually happened?” Bamford replied.
“Coops had just been sent off and he was obviously arguing a bit with the ref, and when he decided to go off I said, “Coops, take your time, walk off slowly, give us a chance to get ready for this set piece.’ And he was like, ‘yeah cool’.
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“Then I’ve got back in position and Bill’s gone past and said, ‘It’s you.’ I said, ‘What’, looked over at the board and I couldn’t quite see because of the sun. I thought it said eight but we haven’t got a number eight and then I saw nine and went, ‘No way.’
“Then the manager shouted, ‘Yes Pat, you’ and that made my head go.”
“To be fair to Pat,” Ayling added, “every player thought it would be Tyler. Tyler was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t fancy chasing around Man City for 50 minutes’.”
We absolutely love the insight we get from the official Leeds podcast, and especially the conversations that are going on between the players on the pitch.
And Leeds fans will remember the look in Patrick Bamford’s eyes when he realised he was going to be the man who was subbed off and sacrificed.
He wasn’t happy at all.
He’ll have been watching green with envy from the sidelines as Leeds mounted an extraordinary performance in the second half to get the three points.
It’s a team game, though, and Bamford will have known that the manager made the right decision, even though everyone thought Roberts was the man who would go off.
In hindsight, Bamford was never going to nick a goal, that’s not his game.
Instead, it was backs against the wall with a hope that Leeds would get a chance on the counter-attack.
As it turns out they got two and finished one to get all three points. It was a perfect plan from Marcelo Bielsa.
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