'Battering them' - Patrick Bamford in positive mood despite West Ham reverse as Leeds United await Chelsea
STRIKER Patrick Bamford is taking the positives from Leeds United's defeat to West Ham ahead of Saturday's return to action against Chelsea after the Hammers were "battered" by the Whites.
Leeds made a bright start to Monday night's clash at the London Stadium but Tyler Roberts and Bamford both saw goals disallowed and the Hammers then took a 21st-minute lead as Jesse Lingard netted the rebound from a penalty.
Craig Dawson doubled West Ham's advantage seven minutes later as the hosts then dominated the rest of the half but Leeds created a host of opportunities after the break and Bamford squandering two particularly golden chances.
The Whites no 9 admits the defeat was hard to take and that he could have had a hat-trick but the United striker is keen to take a positive view of the overall display.
"It was one of them games where last year, if I would have had that kind of game, I would have been beating myself up a bit," said Bamford, speaking on the Official Leeds United Podcast.
"I was frustrated after the game because and I think the manager said it was well there was probably a 20 or 30 minute spell from when they scored that they kind of took control of the game.
"But before they scored we were battering them, they didn't know what to do and they were getting frustrated and then the whole second half.
"On another day I could have had a hat-trick which was frustrating for me.
"But they are fifth and you have seen how we kind of dominated them.
"I know we lost 2-0 and it's weird saying that but we did actually play well and it was good.
"I think in the last couple of games we have struggled a bit creating chances and it was back.
"I know we didn't finish them but the good thing was we were creating chances."
United will next face a fourth-placed Chelsea side who are unbeaten in 12 games and have conceded just once in their last seven games.
The Blues defence was last breached 417 minutes ago by Takumi Minamino in last month's 1-1 draw at Southampton but Bamford is hoping to rise to the challenge.
"It would be a good one to win," said the Whites no 9.
"I'm looking forward to it, put it that way."
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Thank you Laura Collins