Patrick Bamford targets confident Leeds United approach at Huddersfield Town

STRIKER Patrick Bamford is urging Leeds United to take the confidence shown against Middlesbrough into Saturday’s Championship Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield Town.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 1:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 2:12 pm
BREATHLESS START: Patrick Bamford, foreground, and Helder Costa, behind, race away to celebrate after Bamford's header gives Leeds United a third-minute lead in Saturday's clash at home to Middlesbrough. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images.

Bamford set the ball rolling for United’s fifth Championship victory in a row on Saturday as his third-minute strike laid the foundations for a 4-0 win against Middlesbrough at Elland Road.

The Whites blitzed the Riversiders from the first whistle and Marcelo Bielsa’s men could have been already out of sight by the time Mateusz Klich doubled the Leeds advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Helder Costa then added a third seven minutes after the hour before Klich netted his second and Bamford felt the display was one of United’s best so far this term.

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The forward says consistently stringing wins together will be crucial in United’s promotion push and Bamford is now looking for a repeat of the confidence illustrated against Middlesbrough at Saturday’s hosts Huddersfield.

The Terriers approach the clash sat sixth-bottom and just two points above the dropzone having not won in four games whereas Leeds sit second and two points behind leaders West Brom. Fulham are five points behind in third.

“It’s all about putting a bit of consistency together and to record five wins on the bounce is important as well,” said Bamford. “We have to go into the next game with the confidence we showed against Middlesbrough.”

Reflecting on the performance against Boro, Bamford said: “I think it was probably one of our best performances of the season.

“There was maybe a spell in the first half where they got into it a little bit, but the second goal came at the perfect time and I think we dominated the game.

“In the first 10-15 minutes I couldn’t get my breath because we were right at it with attack after attack and we probably could have been three or four goals up in the first ten minutes.

“We started well and carried it on.”