Leeds fans are convinced that Patrick Bamford is “on a mission” to relegate them after his horror penalty miss.
Sam Allardyce’s side took an early lead at Elland Road thanks to Luke Ayling in a must-win game against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. The relegation-battling team couldn’t believe their fortune when Joelinton brought down Junior Firpo inside the box 26 minutes into the match.
With an opportunity to put Leeds 2-0 up against a third-placed Newcastle, the out-of-form Bamford, previously a Leeds hero, stepped up only to have his effort saved by Nick Pope.
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The striker side-footed his attempt without much conviction. And he was instantly made to rue his error as Newcastle were awarded their own penalty just minutes later, which was converted by Callum Wilson to level the score.
Fans were unsurprisingly left fuming at Bamford’s failure to put his side further into the lead, with the Leeds faithful taking to Twitter to mockingly accuse him of secretly working against them.
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One Twitter user wrote: “Bamford on a mission to get Leeds relegated,” while another tweeted: “Bamford doing his best to get Leeds relegated. Fair play.”
A third added: “Bamford is practically single-handedly relegating Leeds,” while a fourth fumed: “I just don’t understand why Bamford is taking that penalty. A penalty kick is a mental battle against the keeper and Bamford isn’t mentally strong atm.”
And a fifth tweeted: “Bamford is done .. no confidence whatsoever .. I feel for him.”
Bamford has scored just four goals this season. His first season in the Premier League saw him net an impressive 17 goals for the Yorkshire club. Before that, his 16 Championship goals were crucial in Leeds being promoted to the top flight.
Newcastle piled on the misery in the second half as a second Wilson penalty gave them a 2-1 lead against Big Sam's strugglers.
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