Luton Town 1 Leeds United 2 - Patrick Bamford strikes late to sink Hatters at Kenilworth Road

Patrick Bamford struck twice on Saturday afternoon to grab all three points at Luton Town

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 5:26 pm
Updated Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 6:30 pm
Leeds United celebrate at Kenilworth Road.
Leeds United celebrate at Kenilworth Road.

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford struck in the 90th minute at Kenilworth Road to hand the Whites a 2-1 win over Luton Town.

Marcelo Bielsa made two changes for the trip to south as Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi started the clash with Liam Cooper and Helder Costa both named on the bench.

United started the game on top but it was the hosts who worked a first shot on goal as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu broke after Tyler Roberts was tumbled to the floor as he burst through on goal.

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Referee John Brooks waved away the shouts for a foul and was again doing so a short time later as Stuart Dallas challenged James Collins in the Whites box.

Leeds continued to dominate as Patrick Bamford pounced on an Andrew Shinnie slip to shoot straight at James Shea before the forward struck the post with a volley from close range.

Hatters stopper Shea then pulled off a string of saves as he first denied Kalvin Phillips from distance before jumping to his feet to stop Jack Harrison tapping home the rebound.

Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich both saw efforts fly wide of the mark before Shea again produced a wonderful stop from Tyler Roberts as he struck an effort which took a wicked deflection from the edge of the box.

Bielsa's side, though, despite their domination entered the half-time interval level.

The game burst into life five minutes after the break at Bamford pounced to open the scoring and edge United ahead.

Luton were left aggrieved following the build up as Brown fell under a challenge from Phillips which allowed Ben White to break forward.

The centre-back burst through and played in the striker who calmly tucked the ball home after a touch to settle his feet.

The opening goal signalled a frantic few minutes as Town levelled almost instantly before seeing a Harry Cornick goal chalked off for offside.

Brown whipped a ball in from the left which found James Collins all alone as he headed past Kiko Casilla before Cornick tapped home a rebound from a header but the flag was raised.

Leeds weathered the storm as they regained control of proceedings with the game hurtling towards injury-time.

Bamford, though, stepped up again as he beat his man to the near post to guide a Mateusz Klich cross into the far corner which took a deflection off Matthew Pearson as normal time expired.

Grame Jones' side had a glorious chance to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Sonny Bradley headed wide before the referee's whistle handed United all three points.

Luton Town: Shea, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Bradley, Pearson, Shinnie, Mpanzu, Bree, Brown, Cornick, Collins. Subs: McManaman, Sluga, Bolton, Galloway, LuaLua, Jones, Butterfield.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Berardi, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Roberts, Bamford. Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Cooper, Alioski, Costa, Gotts, Clarke.

Attendance: 10,068 (1,035 away)