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Bamford blasts spot kick over before Struijk own goal seals win for Stoke against Leeds

Patrick Bamford blasts his spot kick over before an own goal from Pascal Struijk seals the 1-0 win for Stoke City against Leeds United.

The result meant it had ended Leeds’s three-match winning streak with the Potters securing much-needed back-to-back Championship victories.

Stoke couldn’t make the most of dominating the first half with their opponents putting in a lacklustre effort.

The hosts had their heads in their hands after seeing Ben Pearson clumsily bring Bamford down on 74 minutes.

Bamford, who has gone goalless since April, then stepped up and smashed his kick over the bar, all this happening just three minutes after he came on as a sub.

Shortly after, Ki-Jana Hoever sent in a corner to the near post, with Wesley seeing his header smack the bar, before the ball hit the oncoming Struijk in the shoulder and bounced in.

Farke said in his post-match interview, as per LeedsLive: “Feel hard done by. If you look at the stats you would have travelled back with the points when you see the most important stats. Should have won or drawn this game. Disappointed.

“In general, it was the game I expected. Difficult game on the road. Team plays with confidence and pressed us after beating Sunderland. Not at our best in possession. Easy losses of the ball when not under pressure. Would have preferred to do this in another way. When you are not at your best you have to grind it out.

“We showed steel. Defended well and did not allow many chances. Pulled the game more and more on our side. Same topic as I said in recent weeks. Have to be clinical. Missed the biggest chance with the penalty. Whole stadium was buzzing because of missing the penalty.

“Once they were in the lead they tried everything to block every shot. Did not find the finish we wanted.”

When asked if Farke wanted Bamford to take the penalty, he replied: “No, Piroe, but we have subbed him. He is our designated taker.

“Patrick created this penalty with a movement after the pass of Georgi. IF I am allowed to say, I was surprised our offensive players got such easy yellows. For there to not be a yellow in this case, it could have been a red with no attempt to play the ball.

“Patrick is experienced. He overtook the responsibility. Would have been better for someone else to take it because he missed it. Every taker in his life has missed penalties. These things happen.

“He would be the hero if he had taken it. He does not need me to hug him. he understands. We win together and we lose together. Would have preferred a conversion, but it’s football.

“I haven’t spoken to him. His first miss under my regime. After raising it, next game a different player will take one. Patrick is the most disappointed in the dressing room. I do not need to address it with him. He wanted to prove the doubters wrong. He does not have to prove anyone wrong. Perhaps it is the right decision to let someone else take one on this run of misses he has had.

On the own goal: “Very because we defended so well and did not allow many chances. Set-pieces are important. Normally start well with these. My teams are normally good at set-[pieces. I was annoyed. Missed penalty allowed us to be disappointed of being proactive to the ball and have it in a different way.”

Stoke boss Alex Neil said: “I am full of pride and really pleased for the players with how they performed.

“I am delighted for the fans because, particularly after the penalty miss, I thought our fans lifted the roof off and from there you could see the players had an extra five or ten percent in their legs, which they needed at that stage.

“The guys that came on the pitch had a good impact for us as well and gave us a fresh energy and impetus.

“That is two really strong teams we have played, we were more than a match for both and we have picked up six points, which is a terrific return.

“I loved the atmosphere. The one thing that always bonds teams, coaches and fans together is performances and wins.

“Getting back-to-back wins against really good opponents, hopefully that gives the players and fans belief that we can kick on and improve.”

“We got our press absolutely spot on, in terms of how we got the ball back,” he added.

“Some of the lads, particularly DJ at the top end of the pitch, that is the best he has done that since he has been here and is what he is capable of doing.

“I thought Ben Pearson behind him and Wouter [Burger] were sensational in the way they nicked the ball and had the composure to make passes and play through them.

“We kept a clean sheet, which was great too. Clearly there is still work for us to do and elements we can improve on but all the players on the pitch put everything into the last two matches and I think you could see that.”

Here’s how Twitter users reacted as Bamford blasts his spot kick over before a Struijk own goal seals the win for Stoke against Leeds…

@DadsThatTravel: In other news Bamford converts the try for 2 points

@Ishankz7: Give Dan James penalty duties immediately

@FrankieHolliday: He just doesn’t help himself does he

@klufc2: You stupid, idiotic, arrogant, selfish, nob. Please never kick a ball for us again. Side before self, but tried to gain himself some confidence with a goal. Put the fucking three points for the team first and give someone else with a better chance a go. Everyone knew he’d miss

@Sean_FootyMad: Whenever Bamford pops up on my TL he’s always doing something silly.

@nige_h64: Great penalty from Owen Farrell 😉

@MWardy21: It’s got to the point now where players don’t even go over to tell him to get his head up and keep going afterwards. Only one person on the team wanted Bamford to take that and that was Bamford #lufc

@reece_murray93: Wonders why Bamford is trending & then I see this 🤦‍♂️🤣

@DevilTalkMUFC: I will never understand how someone fell off this hard. This guy had 25 G/A in the Prem for a newly promoted side just three seasons ago

@Wilko2499: Who lets him take it, we have all the analytics but every Leeds fan knew when he picked that ball up it was going in the stand

@JayJaymann1919: Why we keep allowing a player to take penalties with his first touch is beyond me. Fucking dogshit.

@robbieerrington: Gets worse every time you see it

@bribks5: Getting Leeds relegated to the championship with his shocking tap in misses last season wasn’t enough for Bamford, now hes trying to get them back to League 1..

@CPFCAlfie: HAHAHAHA this prick is still shit

@RazzaMaddo17: This fella is truly dreadful 🤣

@Conway2408: Why is this man even in contention to take a penalty in the first place is what I want to know. Couldn’t score in a brothel

@dstewart864: For everyone’s sake, mostly his, please just get rid in January. Get him gone to whoever will take him for any price and free up the wages

@TaylorJones1919: How people still justify this man is beyond me #LUFC

@craigpaul85: Anyone notice not one player went to console him? 🤔 #lufc

@aidenlufc: Not a single Leeds shirt consoling him after the miss, says all you need to know

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