Leeds won 2-0 against Hull City on Tuesday evening, but there was another incident during the game that slightly overshadowed proceedings.
Indeed, there has been plenty of publicity in the 24 hours after the match around one incident that saw Eric Lichaj accuse Patrick Bamford of intentionally kneeing Hull’s goalkeeper in the head just moments before Ezgjan Alioski netted the Whites’ second goal.
Now, that is a huge accusation in football, but a review of the footage from a different angle shows that Bamford isn’t guilty on this occasion.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) December 11, 2019
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Graham Smyth shared an alternate angle of the incident, and it’s clear to see that Bamford wasn’t even looking at George Long at the time, and to be honest, the contact is incredibly minimal.
Understandably, the Elland Road faithful were left fuming with the American after he accused their striker of foul play.
Club should be looking at taking action against Lichaj
— Frank Reynolds (@lufcrumham) December 11, 2019
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) December 11, 2019
— 💙💛 (@WAFLL1919_) December 11, 2019
While some were fuming with Lichaj, others were waiting on him to apologise to the striker for damaging his reputation.
It would seem as if Bamford is owed an apology from the full-back as he didn’t hold back in his comments as he placed the blame squarely on the Leeds man’s shoulders.
I think @EricLichaj owes paddy and the club and apology for the pathetic claims he made last night.
— Sam Jackson 💙💛 (@samjackson23) December 11, 2019
Yes, clearly wrong on two counts. A complete accident, and a brush with the thigh, rather than hit by a knee. An apology would be the right and respectful thing to do.
— 1919 – Bielsa 💙💛 (@aclr1972) December 11, 2019
— Mark Hollings 💙💛 🏳️🌈🌹 (@markydh) December 11, 2019
Rather than pointing the finger at the full-back, others blamed the goalkeeper for making a meal out of the situation.
To be fair, it looked as if Long was barely touched, and he went down as if Bamford had just taken him out intentionally, so you can understand why supporters were annoyed with the goalie’s reaction.
The keepers milked that ……. and cost his side a goal. Well played
— 1919 (@AllLeeds______) December 11, 2019
Embarrassing from the keeper, yes there was slight contact but faking injury cost his team a goal. Bodies on the line and all that 🤷🏻♂
— Paul Howard (@PaulHoward22) December 11, 2019
What I didn’t like was, he stayed down for ages without moving, but when it was clear goal would not be cancelled, he staged a miraculous recovery.
— WJ (@jessop_william) December 11, 2019
Maybe I’m biased but to me he’s gone down holding head in the hope ref stops it and our chance is gone. Granted he was receiving treatment after but he played on so was clearly ok.
— Si_Turismo (@Si_Marishka) December 11, 2019
Meanwhile, some Leeds fans have remained nervous despite an 11 point gap opening up between them and third place.