Bamford's swagger, Brown makes no friends, Luton's novel approach and a landmark victory - Leeds United talking points

Leeds United secured a late 2-1 victory over Luton Town in the Championship on Saturday afternoon - but what were some of the key talking points?

Sunday, 24th November 2019, 1:31 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2:26 pm

Patrick Bamford finds his swagger with the cup of an ear

It's three goals in two games for Patrick Bamford - at least until the dubious goals panel gather in the coming days.

Leeds United have missed a goalscorer in recent months, with Eddie Nketiah's injury woes adding to the frustration felt by the Whites in the opposition penalty area.

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Leeds United celebrate at Luton Town.

Bamford stepped up at Kenilworth Road to bag his first goal from open play in 11 games before a darting run to the near post in the 90th minute caused the ball to roll into the far corner and spark wild celebrations.

The 26-year-old exceeded his expected goal tally at Luton - if that's the sort of thing you put weight into - but more importantly found his swagger again.

A cup of the ear, and the help of Matty Pearson's boot made it an enjoyable weekend for United - it's the Patrick Bamford that Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United need.

Longest unbeaten run of the season

Six games unbeaten in the Championship - a run which signals the longest stretch of league games without defeat for Leeds this season.

Four wins and two draws in response to the loss at Millwall in late September, a day which was taken out of United's hands by external circumstances.

Leeds face a trip to Reading on Tuesday evening before entertaining Middlesbrough at Elland Road next weekend.

A busy festive period looms, and with players returning from the treatment room Bielsa will be hoping his side can continue their impressive form to head into the New Year with confidence.

Izzy Brown fails to make any friends

The Luton commentators thought there was a foul in the build-up to United's opening goal - and Izzy Brown did too.

The Hatters appeared to be galvanised by the sense of injustice, whether the decision was right or not.

Brown - who spent last season on loan with the Whites totalling just 11 minutes of first team action - bagged the assist which helped Graeme Jones' side haul themselves level through James Collins just moments after the game burst into life.

The 22-year-old certainly let the away support know about his feelings, before seeing his celebrations in front of the 1,035 travelling fans cut short a while later after the hosts thought they were in front only for an offside flag to rule it out.

Perhaps frustration was behind Brown's outburst of emotion, whether misplaced or not he is in United's past and not Bielsa's future. And it was Leeds who enjoyed the last laugh regardless.

Graeme Jones hides videos. No, really...

The Luton Town boss was so impressed by what he saw from Leeds on tape that he hid certain aspects of their play from his squad.

Jones had two weeks to prepare his team for the visit of United to Kenilworth Road, but took a novel approach with his players in a bid to keep their confidence high following a run of four defeats which became five on Saturday afternoon.

"The opponent is outstanding," Jones said afterwards.

"Some clips I didn't show the lads, I think it would have frightened the life out of them.

"They can cut teams apart when you go after them. Marcelo [Bielsa] is a guy I respect. I've seen his Marseille teams, his Bilbao teams, I've played against his teams, I know what they can do."

A landmark victory...

Leeds United's win at Luton Town was the club's 1,919th victory since the club's formation 100 years ago in 1919. A special number with the club celebrating their centenary birthday just last month.

A tip of the hat to Andrew Dalton (@lufcstats) for this one.