Paul Robinson has told BBC Live’s coverage that Patrick Bamford looks like he is “lacking in confidence” and it was difficult to put into words how big that “moment” was – when the Leeds ace fluffed a golden chance on Tuesday.
With the scoreline reading 1-1 after Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Luis Sinisterra’s opener on 79 minutes, Leeds had a corner in the last few moments. A flick on at the near post found Bamford at the back stick, unmarked.
But, Bamford scuffed an effort with his weaker right foot and the ball bobbled wide from inside the six-yard box. A massive moment for Leeds, in what has been a woeful season. A win would have opened up a gap on Leicester.
Four points would have been the difference between Leeds and Leicester. There are question marks as to whether Bamford was offside or not. But, he missed the chance and Robinson gave his verdict on the one-time England man.
“Leeds should have three points. You can’t emphasise how big that moment was for Patrick Bamford, he looks like he’s lacking in confidence,” Robinson said, on BBC R5L – as per BBC Live. “Moments like that define your season.”
Robinson: Bamford is lacking confidence after fluffing golden chance
Regardless of whether he was onside, or offside, Bamford fluffed his lines. Even if the goal had been ruled out, it would have been a good sign that Bamford was sharp and the goals were coming. But, he looked, as Robinson says.
Can he be relied upon to lead the Leeds attack into the five remaining Premier League fixtures? Games against the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham? It looks like he will, but it was an appalling attempt to score.
Leeds now take on Bournemouth away from home on the weekend, before a tough run of fixtures in the final four games. We face Manchester City and West Ham away, and then both Newcastle and Tottenham at Elland Road.