By Craig Scott

19th Jan, 2020 | 9:00am

'Poor' - Phillips slams Leeds 26-year-old after 1-0 defeat v QPR

Kevin Phillips has slammed Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford for his “poor” penalty in the 1-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds not only missed the chance to go top of the Championship table when they visited West London this weekend but they also saw fears grow over dropping out of the automatic promotion spots.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side has now lost two games in a row and are just four points ahead of third-placed Fulham, who have won three of their last four.

There are serious concerns about Leeds losing a spot in the top two and Bamford’s penalty miss on Saturday summed up an awful afternoon for the Yorkshire club.

Former Sunderland and West Brom striker Phillips was less than impressed with Bamford’s spot-kick.

“I think it’s a poor penalty. At this stage of the game you’ve got to hit it with power and pace. He just gives the keeper the opportunity to save it,” said Phillips on EFL on Quest on Saturday night.

Peterborough striker Ivan Toney added: “He’s given him in the eye and he’s got to put in the back of the net. He’s got to smash it down the middle and get the goal.”

Even without his penalty miss, it was an awful performance by 26-year-old Bamford in the loss at QPR.

He had plenty of shots at goal but really struggled to give QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly anything to think about and even his spot-kick was a poor attempt at getting on the scoresheet.

Leeds need another striker.

Bamford has no competition at the moment and his spot in the starting line-up is a given.

Leeds need someone signed up who can be as good as Bamford and start if the former Middlesbrough striker is misfiring like he has been lately.

In other Leeds United news, fans want Andrea Radrizzani to sell up to QSI.