Nigel Martyn has told LeedsUnited.News that the decision to disallow Patrick Bamford’s goal for Leeds United against Crystal Palace was “ridiculous” during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat – and compared the English striker’s movement to that of Gary Lineker.
Bamford, 27, has scored in seven goals in eight games for Leeds this season – ridiculing claims that he could not score goals in the Premier League following promotion from the Championship. His form has been so good that he has been linked with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England side.
The former Palace loanee scored with a delightful chip against Palace after a through ball from Mateusz Klich. But VAR ruled that his left arm – which was pointing to where he wanted the ball played – was offside. The goal would have levelled proceedings, but instead, Leeds lost to Palace 4-1.
Leeds icon Martyn discussed the decision to rule out Bamford’s goal, and slammed the decision by VAR. The retired goalkeeper also gave his take on what needs to be done to make the rule right, and compared Bamford’s movement in the lead up to the goal to that of Lineker.
“Football fans up and down the country, if you like Leeds or not, you look at that thinking it’s a goal. Palace started well and Leeds needed the goal, but at 2-0 we needed to chase the game even more,” Martyn told Leeds United.News. “If that goal stands, Leeds are in the game. History would tell you, we wouldn’t lose 4-1. I had to get that off my chest – it’s a ridiculous decision.
“If anything, it is clever striker play – he moves his body in a way that gets him onside, Gary Lineker was a genius at it. It was a great finish, and we’ve been denied a perfectly good goal for rubbish reasons. VAR is only going to follow the rules. We saw the handballs on Sunday. What are you supposed to do? For me, they aren’t handballs – and Bamford is not offside.
“What do we do? It’s got to be within a certain distance, we want to see goals. I don’t know about the daylight theory. If it is part of the trunk, your main body – and that’s offside, that’s fair enough. Or you just leave VAR completely and stick with goalline technology and feigning injury.”
Bamford did get his name on the score sheet but only after Scott Dann had headed home a corner, and then Eberechi Eze had made it 2-0 with a stunning free-kick. A freak Helder Costa own goal that caught Illan Meslier out at the neat post saw Palace go 3-1 up – before Jordan Ayew netted in the second 45.
The second successive 4-1 loss – after the defeat to Leicester – leaves Leeds on 10 points from eight games going into the busy Christmas period. The Whites sit in a lowly 15th spot in the Premiership table, with Arsenal their next opponents at Elland Road on November 22.