By George Overhill

3rd Sep, 2022 | 10:33pm

Sky Sports pundit aghast at what Patrick Bamford did in Leeds United loss to Brentford

Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith was left bemused at Patrick Bamford’s incredible miss as Leeds United lost 5-2 at Brentford in the Premier League.

Just moments before Marc Roca did pull a second-half goal back for the Whites the club’s main striker somehow missed a virtually open goal when he managed to play a ball from Pascal Struijk backwards instead of just passing it in.

His blushes were spared somewhat by his teammate scoring so soon after, but it added to what became a slapstick afternoon at times on the way to a heavy defeat, leaving Smith, as well as commentator Tony Gale staggered.

Speaking live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (3 September, 4.40pm) she said: “Bamford, I’ve no idea how he doesn’t score. He’s on the goal-line, sliding in, it hits his heels and it comes back out.”

Gale, commentating on the world feed match coverage (4.38pm) was similarly at a loss to explain it, saying: “Bamford, how does he miss this? It comes off his heel. He’s just trying to run it into the back of the net. He’s going with his wrong foot.

“Cor, what a miss.”

Day to forget

The irony was that Bamford, introduced at half-time with United just a goal behind, had injected a lot of threat to the team’s attack, going close with two efforts soon after his introduction.

He was also linking up very well with Joe Gelhardt who withdrew slightly from the central striker role to play off his senior teammate, until Jesse Marsch made the bewildering decision to take off the youngster and his goalscorer Luis Sinisterra.

The manager would no doubt point to the fact that Roca then scored, and Bamford should have just before, but it took two key weapons away in attack at the same time as the defence capitulated.

Despite the sitter that the number nine passed up, perhaps showing some rustiness after only making his return from injury in a cameo against Everton in midweek (30 August), the attack wasn’t the problem in this game.

It was mostly everything else, and particularly a concerning return to the kind of defensive display that almost sent the Whites into the Championship last season.

Robin Koch and Diego Llorente had a nightmare at the back, and Bamford’s miss chimed more with their displays than that of the forward players, but it ultimately will all go down as an afternoon to forget for Marsch and his men.

In other Leeds United news, the boss has planned talks with league authorities as his fury grows after what has happened in the last three matches.