Thank the sweet Lord for Patrick Bamford. Not many thought his ninth-minute opener would be Leeds’ only goal of the game, but he made sure his side had something to hang on to, and hang on they did.
Marcelo Bielsa isn’t known for grinding out results, but his men did just that as Bristol forced their backs against the wall for the final 15 minutes, despite the Whites dominating the whole game before that. This Leeds side has been criticised for not finishing enough chances and they would have faced the same complaints again had Bamford not netted early on.
He’s been injured for much of this season, but out of his 14 appearances, he’s made eight starts, scoring seven goals. That’s not a bad return considering players usually take time to get into their rhythm after an injury. He was taken off after 57 minutes following a collision with a post, but the signs in his return were promising.
Fellow forward Kemar Roofe is going through treatment of his own, and so Bamford will be needed for Tuesday’s trip to Reading. He’s got the opportunity to get some minutes back under his belt and prove to the manager just why he should start when he’s available to. The 25-year-old certainly has the ability to be the finisher Leeds need to take them to automatic promotion.
It’s getting to the stage of the season where Leeds usually falter and resign themselves to another year in the Championship, but this season could be so much different, and the fans feel it. The players need to start putting games to bed earlier to avoid the nerves and pressure mounting.
Bamford could be key to doing that, so Leeds will hope he can keep his fitness up and launch them back to the Premier League.
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