Patrick Bamford lifts lid on dramatic Leeds United goalscoring return amid chaotic Elland Road scenes

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Patrick Bamford always felt he was going to get one chance on his dramatic Leeds United return.

The Whites, for a second time in five days, required a goal deep in added time at Elland Road to secure a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Brentford in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa' s side caused more chaotic scenes on Sunday afternoon thanks to the returning Bamford, who was handed his first appearance since mid-September due to an ankle injury.

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The 28-year-old forward reacted quickest to a flick on from a Raphinha corner to turn the ball home from his knee off the underside of the bar.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford salutes the home crowd at Elland Road post-match. Pic: Tony JohnsonLeeds United's Patrick Bamford salutes the home crowd at Elland Road post-match. Pic: Tony Johnson
Leeds United's Patrick Bamford salutes the home crowd at Elland Road post-match. Pic: Tony Johnson

The strike came in the fifth minute of injury-time on his comeback in LS11 and helped move Leeds six points clear of the top flight drop zone.

United's No 9 was introduced from the bench with around 20 minutes to go after the Bees had turned the game on its head in the second half.

Brentford trailed following a Tyler Roberts opener on his 100th Whites match but goals from Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos put Thomas Frank's outfit ahead.

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Leeds battled back and grabbed a stunning draw just seconds before time expired which caused more wild scenes in the home stands.

"I always felt when I came on the pitch I was going to get one chance," Bamford reflected at full-time, with a smile on his face.

"It didn't come for ages and ages but I still thought there was time. [Adam] Forshaw said to me that I was going to get one chance and it came.

"The message [from the bench] was just to just try and give a presence in the area and spin behind, don't drop too short and just try and do what you can.

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"I just tried to stay in the box as much as I could and hope I put myself in the right position."

The striker's return was his first inclusion in a matchday squad for nine games.

Bamford made one appearance for the club's Under-23s squad to regain match sharpness before being thrust back into Bielsa's senior set-up.

"I felt rusty. It's always going to be like that for the first few games while you get back up to speed," Bamford continued.

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"It was just nice to get back out there. It's been frustrating because I set my sights on coming back in each match for about six games.

"It's weird. Sometimes when you're out through injury you become a better player all of a sudden and everyone starts dressing you up as some mighty hero.

"There probably was a bit of pressure. I just tried to do what I usually do. If I hadn't scored people would've said I wasn't fit and ready.

"The goal was nice, especially because it rescued a point. We had a 10 minute spell in that second half where they got the goals. Things just turned. It was frustrating watching from the sideline.

"It was important we got a result because the table is so tight at the minute."