Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford voiced his frustrations with Friday’s defeat on social media, and he did not hold back.
Bamford was denied an equaliser when he tucked the ball past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, with VAR ruling him offside from Tyler Roberts’ pass.
There was only a matter of inches between the striker and defender Conor Coady, and Bamford did not hide his disappointment with the decision.
Bamford said, “Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point but at least it’s “mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr.”
Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point 🥴 but at least it’s “mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr”🧐 we go again Tuesday #mot
— Patrick Bamford (@Patrick_Bamford) February 19, 2021
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) February 19, 2021
With not long left on the clock Leeds may have won a point if the goal stood, and 18 shots and 59% possession shows they probably earned an equaliser.
The benefit of the doubt
In a case that is so tight such as this we believe the forward should receive the benefit of the doubt.
There is almost no difference between the two players here and Bamford’s feet are behind Coady’s, so there is little advantage.
We’re not even convinced the lines have been drawn accurately enough – Coady’s trailing leg looks to be playing Bamford onside.
We should actually be talking about a well-timed run and a finish to match, but VAR has denied us that.
However, it is worth remembering that we have also been helped by it this season.
Nicolas Pepe was only sent off for Arsenal back in November because of a VAR check, while Mateusz Klich got to re-take his missed penalty against West Ham after VAR judged Lukasz Fabianski to have moved off his line.
In fact, according to ESPN, we had a net benefit of +2 from VAR prior to playing Wolves, and it has overturned a decision in our favour on four occasions.
So as much as it is frustrating on this occasion, it arguably evens out, although Bamford won’t think that after his arm was judged offside earlier this season.
In other Leeds United news, ‘Woeful’, Embarrassing’ – Some Leeds fans fuming at one player at h/t v Wolves.