Patrick Bamford provides fitness update and salutes Leeds United team mates after victory at Fulham

STRIKER Patrick Bamford saluted his Leeds United team mates for doing a lot of his usual running in Friday night's win at Fulham as the Whites no 9 battled on with a hip injury.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:33 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:38 pm

Bamford kept his place in the Whites starting line up despite suffering pain in his hip this week after being forced off injured in last weekend's goalless draw at home to Chelsea following a challenge with Antonio Rudiger.

The Whites striker then found himself in the wars in Friday night's clash at Fulham and managed to play on after taking a knock in the first half which left the striker temporarily limping.

Bamford then went down for treatment with a quarter of an hour remaining and this time came off to be replaced by Mateusz Klich with 13 minutes left.

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TEAM EFFORT: Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford heads to celebrate with his Whites colleagues including Jack Harrison and Gjanni Alioski, right, after scoring the opener at Fulham. Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

By then, United were 2-1 up thanks to Bamford's 29th-minute opener and Raphinha's strike two minutes before the hour that Bamford set up.

Leeds had the ball in the net twice before Bamford's strike via Raphinha and Luke Ayling but both goals were ruled out for offside and in Ayling's case after a delay and check by VAR.

Bamford felt his men were worthy winners - and said the credit had to go to his Whites team mates for their hard work.

Asked how he was after his shift at Craven Cottage, Bamford told Sky Sports: "I think that to be honest the lads deserve a lot of credit because they have had to do a lot of my running tonight because I was struggling a bit from the get-go.

"They probably had to put in more than they are used to and I was just trying to help as much as I could.

"I knew it was just a matter of time and how long I could last.

"Fortunately I got to 76 minutes until the legs packed in."

Assessing whether Leeds were worthy winners, Bamford said: "I think so. I think that for the majority we controlled the game.

"There were obviously spells where we lost the ball or the football was going to and from each team and that was just being sloppy I think.

"We created a lot of chances and it probably could have been more.

"I have not seen the VAR goal so I don't know if it was close or not but apart from that we created good chances as well.

"I think the result was fair. Fulham are a lot better team than when we played them the last time around and to be honest they'll definitely be fighting and I think that they might get out of it - you never know."

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Thank you Laura Collins