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Ainsworth claims Bamford admitted to no contact after diving to get Begovic sent off

Gareth Ainsworth claims Patrick Bamford admitted to there being no contact after diving to get Asmir Begovic sent off as Leeds beat QPR.

Crysencio Summerville scored the only goal of the game to give the Whites an early lead, with his side dominating in the first half.

This result means Leeds move up to sixth in the Championship table as they edged past the struggling Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Things got worse for QPR in stoppage time with Asmir Begovic receiving marching orders with the referee thinking the keeper had brought down Bamford as he went through on the edge of the box. However, replays showed Begovic didn’t make contact with the striker.

After the game, QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth said he had verification from both players that there was no contact and added he hopes the red card would be overturned.

Ainsworth said post-match: “I said to the boys in our meeting on Tuesday that it is the graft and the work-rate that I want you to show, because on the ball you’re great and I’ve seen it.

“But tonight the graft was there, the work-rate, the battling, but on the ball we weren’t good enough.

“On the ball we needed to show a little bit more bravery, get them passes in and pop it around like we can, and then feed someone in and get chances.

“I just thought some of the stuff we have played in recent games has been a lot better.

“I am proud of the boys’ efforts but we weren’t good enough on the ball, and I haven’t said that for many a week.

“We just couldn’t get that ball down and play the football we’re capable of playing.”

Replays show there was no contact on the Leeds forward, and Ainsworth said: “For the life of me, I can’t see why Asmir has been sent off.

“He hasn’t touched him. I don’t want to go on about referees but we are not getting the rub of the green.

“Asmir is devastated. He said he did not touch him, we have watched the video replay and he didn’t touch him.

“Patrick Bamford said to me afterwards that Asmir didn’t touch him but he had to jump out of the way because he thought he was going to connect with him.”

Ainsworth is hopeful his keeper’s red card can be over-turned.

“I would kick myself if I didn’t look at appealing it,” he said. “He hasn’t touched him and, as far as I remember, if you don’t make contact then there isn’t any possibility of a foul.

“We have had it rough with decisions but it will change.

“We need to get these boys recovered but we will put a strong team out against Blackburn.”

Farke said as per Yorkshire Post: “I’m really happy and told the lads in the dressing room I’m really proud,” he reflected.

“You can be in a great spell like we were before Southampton with four clean sheets in a row and six game sunbeaten but it’s always the same, when there is one disappointing result, next game is unbelievably difficult because the confidence level is not there like it was before.

“To grind out a result it’s never champagne or football fireworks, it’s always hard work.

“I love it when we play opponents off the park like we did against Millwall or Watford in the last home game but this type of game when it’s so tough. We had a brilliant start, scored a fantastic goal and should have scored a second with Joel Piroe’s header and Cree Summerville’s chance but if you don’t score the second goal you let them live.

“(Even) without giving a chance away anything can happen because you’re just one goal in the lead.

“To bring this tight lead over the line with a clean sheet and to answer a disappointing loss with a win is fantastic and in this type of game you have to be there if you want to celebrate something at the end of the season.”

“You don’t score a second goal and the opponent believes perhaps there’s a chance, perhaps with a long ball or a set piece,” Farke pointed out. “Because you don’t score the second goal you get more and more nervous.

“It’s football.

“Let’s be honest, we’ve still dominated every statistic but there is one scruffy situation in the second half when the ball goes through with a late touch and thank God Illan(Meslier) was in the right position (to deny Lyndon Dykes).

“Otherwise without giving a chance away sometimes you have to return just with a draw. I’m pretty pleased today that we won this game and brought this tight lead over the line.”

Here’s how fans reacted as Ainsworth claims Bamford admitted to no contact after diving to get Begovic sent off…

@QprColin: Another apology on its way from the @FA_PGMOL .. another shite decision going against us 🤷‍♂️

@Bizzle301987: What an absolute joke of a decision.

@McGeezer87: As a Leeds fan, I can completely agree that the decision to send the keeper off is absolute bollocks

@frankmoofia: i said it last seaso man ifollow commentary is the craziest vibe completely n utterly biased commentary is the way forward adds an extra level of bite opposition comms groans when u score> plus hearin local bbc reporters go on random tangents about their day is lovely

@cactusjack_beee: Love the commentator


@tom_avfc1: patrick bamford conning refs to get players sent off? seen that before, class A bellend.

@CPFCharIie: The commentary makes this

@dogon22: How the hell is that a red card?? Terrible decision

@lufcsteve6: It was a dive. Why can’t he just keep on his feet and try to put the ball in the net. I’m not a fan of play acting and hate it when it happens to us.

@L_F_C_dylan: I love when the commentators are unbiased and level headed

@Mozzaa92: … shit officiating again is it? That’s absolutely horrific.

@Acko1963: Must surely appeal that ! Crazy that last Saturday Armstrong was taken out and didn’t get a clear penalty added to which keeper Should have gone and didn’t … now this….. 🤷‍♂️

@JaseTheVillain: Bamford? Dive? Such a strange moment for him, he’s normally such an exemplary example of fair play!

@ashearnshaw: In Bamford’s defence I think he actually puts his hands up to say he wasn’t touched. Doesn’t excuse the dive happening…ref to blame on that one

@JohnMacQPR: Bamford actually turns round like he’s going to apologise for going down, almost pleading not to be booked, then sees the ref has given the foul.

@Matt_Holding1: Obviously this doesn’t make the completely inept performance but I thought bad refereeing decisions evened themselves out. This is absolutely pathetic from Bamford. Switch the red to him #QPR

@Tom_Sone8: We are a bad team and I don’t want to blame referees, but this is becoming a weekly thing now being on the wrong end of utterly terrible game changing decisions.

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