By David Woods

22nd Mar, 2021 | 7:09am

Townsend: Bamford goal was 'textbook finish'

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has disagreed with Patrick Bamford’s verdict on his goal from the 2-1 win for Leeds United against Fulham on Friday night.

Bamford scored one and made the winner as he bounced back from the disappointment of not making the England squad.

Talking after the game on Sky Sports, Bamford said that the goal came off his shin, although he did add, “it went where I wanted it to go.”

Talking on Premier League Productions, Bamford came in for praise from Townsend.

“He’s an example to players up and down the country,” Townsend said.

“He’s had his upsets, his disappointing loan moves, he got written off, he dropped down to the Championship and started scoring goals there, questions were asked as to whether he could score in the Premier League and he’s answered them emphatically.”

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Talking about his goal he said, “It was a textbook finish, attacking players work tirelessly on these sort of runs, getting in front of defenders, it was a textbook finish, I’m not having that, that’s not off his shin, it’s a quality finish.

“He’s finally settled down and found a manager who appreciates what he does.”

Perfect Bielsa player

Bamford has found a manager that gets him but in Bamford, Bielsa has his perfect player.

He works tirelessly for his side and puts in an honest shift every single week.

Bielsa has stuck by him through thick and thin and it’s paying off now. That’s because Bielsa goes on what he sees and feels rather than the raw numbers of goals scored.

Bamford is also the perfect Bielsa player off the pitch, too. He’s humble, down-to-earth and self-deprecating.

He’ll have been delighted to have scored and made the winner after missing out on the England squad.

But, instead of making a point, he claimed the ball came off his shin and that just to be mentioned as a possible England player was brilliant.

It was a quality performance and a quality interview after the game.

Hopefully, he gets his dream of being called up for England. It might take an injury for it to happen for the Euros in the summer but if he keeps playing as he is and scoring goals, his time will come.

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