Bamford rescues Leeds against Brentford


Bamford scored his first goal of the season for Leeds

Patrick Bamford returned from injury to score a stoppage-time leveller off the bench for Leeds against Brentford at Elland Road.

Tyler Roberts put the hosts in front at half-time but two goals either side of the hour from Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos almost secured a second win in three league games for the Bees.

Despite Bamford’s return Leeds’ injury issues continued, with captain Liam Cooper hobbling off after 15 minutes to be replaced by Jack Harrison and Kalvin Phillips withdrawn in the second half.

Just shy of the half-hour mark, Roberts, on his 100th appearance for Leeds, opened the scoring.

The Wales forward stayed onside to steer home Raphinha’s second cross in quick succession, after the Brazilian’s initial effort was cleared by Pontus Jansson.

Luke Ayling, returning to the side after more than two months out, almost doubled the hosts’ lead moments after the restart, heading Raphinha’s free-kick towards the top corner only for Alvaro Fernandez to deny him with an acrobatic save.

Brentford levelled through Baptiste on 54 minutes, the midfielder reacting quickest after Canos’ cross was deflected and placing a finish past Illan Meslier from the edge of the area.

The momentum changed and seven minutes later the turnaround was complete. Moments after missing a great opportunity Canos fired the Bees ahead, combining with Bryan Mbeumo before lashing home.

Bamford struck deep into added time, scrambling home a corner from close range to save Leeds’ blushes.

Leeds’ blushes saved despite second-half collapse

As well as both Cooper and Phillips to injury, Leeds lost their composure in a difficult second-half spell that almost proved costly.

At the break it looked like there would only be one winner, with Brentford having lost striker Ivan Toney to a positive Covid-19 test prior to kick-off and lacking presence without him.

But after Ayling’s header something stirred inside Thomas Frank’s men. They levelled and then took the lead in a flash but squandered other chances in the interim. Leeds didn’t know what had hit them.

Raphinha’s impact dwindled as Bamford was summoned, and after a late victory over Crystal Palace in midweek there was another twist when the England forward popped up at the death after 11 weeks out.

Player of the match

BamfordPatrick Bamford

Leeds United

  1. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  2. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha

  3. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  4. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

  5. Squad number20Player nameJames

  6. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  7. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  8. Squad number4Player nameForshaw

  9. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  10. Squad number14Player nameLlorente

  11. Squad number3Player nameFirpo

  12. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  13. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  14. Squad number43Player nameKlich

Brentford

  1. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

  2. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste

  3. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  4. Squad number7Player nameCanós

  5. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  6. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  7. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  8. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  9. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  10. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  11. Squad number4Player nameGoode

  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  13. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

  14. Squad number40Player nameFernández

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Llorente
  • 6CooperSubstituted forHarrisonat 15′minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forKlichat 55′minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 3FirpoSubstituted forBamfordat 68′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10RaphinhaBooked at 85mins
  • 11RobertsBooked at 29mins
  • 20James

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 13Klaesson
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 22Harrison
  • 35Cresswell
  • 38Summerville
  • 43Klich
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 4GoodeBooked at 45mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 30Roerslev
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 69′minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forJensenat 90′minutes
  • 3HenryBooked at 80mins
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 7CanósBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWissaat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 8Jensen
  • 9Forss
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox
  • 43Young-Coombes

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