Leeds United kept their title charge on track on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road.
The Whites weren’t at their scintillating best, and missed a number of very presentable chances to ensure a more comfortable margin of victory, but ultimately the three points are the most important thing at this stage of the season. A Patrick Bamford penalty and an Ezgjan Alioski strike were enough to secure the win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Bamford will have been particularly glad to get on the scoresheet to boost his confidence. Injuries have ravaged much of his campaign so far, and he still looks to be lacking a bit of match sharpness, but following the injury sustained by top scorer Kemar Roofe Leeds need the 25-year-old No. 9 to build up all the self-belief he can get.
Following the win over Bolton, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to give their verdict on Bamford’s performance…
Bamford looks too powder puff. Lacks aggression I think. And he is struggling to connect with balls you’d think he would bury.. Maybe it’s still a lack of match time I don’t know.. Though Izzy might have come on for 10… #lufc
— Jacko (@jackowacko26) 23 February 2019
Bamford is just lacking that little bit at them min but he’s getting into them positions
— Adam Webster (@adswebbo) 23 February 2019
I thought Bamford’s general play was pretty poor. So many times he wouldn’t take up the positions to soak up the ball to let teammates go beyond him or win a foul.
Basic things like spreading yourself to shield the ball that he shirked all day. #LUFC
— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) 23 February 2019
Bamford out and out striker, offers little else. Roofe a big miss. Still our inability to score is an issue. Some tough games coming up @LUFC
— zen_trainer (@zen_trainer) 23 February 2019
Exactly, I thought Bamford would be the solution to our finishing problem but I guess not
— 🙂 (@PontusIsMassive) 23 February 2019
Very pleased for the 3 points. No easy games for us as everyone raises their game. Ameobi would be better for us than Bamford
— Christopher Galton (@chrisgalton) 23 February 2019
Bamford wasn’t in the game at all but could still have scored three. I think it’ll come with him.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) 23 February 2019
They had their fair share of chances but we had many more. Nervy end but a deserved result. 70% possession and 21 shots in the end. Can’t help but feeling a bit let down by Bamford’s finishing today, missed a few big chances throughout.
— LUFC Lucas (@LUFC_Lucas_) 23 February 2019