Comebacks are a Leeds United speciality but Patrick Bamford doesn't want it to become a habit
Coming from behind to win might be something of a speciality for Leeds United but Patrick Bamford hopes it won’t become a habit.
On Tuesday night, the striker scored twice to help the Whites to a thrilling 3-2 victory over in-form Millwall at Elland Road. But they had to do it the hard way after getting off to the worst possible start in their first game for 10 days, against a side who had played Premier League opposition at the weekend.
Millwall took the lead all too easily from a fourth-minute corner and added a second from the penalty spot midway through a half they still managed to dominate, despite a ponderous and nervous-looking first few minutes.
“We said before the game we need to keep a clean sheet and score first but obviously did the complete opposite,” said Bamford.
“We’ve struggled a bit at set-pieces. But we never gave up. We knew that, even at 2-0 down first half, we were the better team, I think, until the last 10 minutes of the first half.”
Having done it before, at Aston Villa last season, Bamford and his team-mates knew they were capable of coming back from a two-goal deficit again, but there was no change in the game plan.
The message at half-time was to continue playing their usual football.
“Just don’t panic, we know how good we can be and we’ve come back from those situations before so, whilst we were dominating, we thought stick with it, get the first goal [in the second half] and we’ll win the game,” he said.
“We knew if we kept going and we got the first goal we’d win. We did it.”
But he’d rather not do it again.
“It’s not nice being 2-0 down but to come back from it is pretty special,” admitted Bamford.
"We’ve shown we can do that quite a lot. Hopefully, we don’t have to do it too many more times but, still, it’s a good three points.”