'We just have to take it' - Tyler Roberts reflects on Leeds United's latest VAR call in Wolves defeat

The Whites fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Friday evening.

Saturday, 20th February 2021, 10:28 am
Leeds United were denied by VAR on Friday night at Wolves. Pic: Getty

Tyler Roberts says Leeds United simply have to take Patrick Bamford's disallowed goal at Wolves on the chin and move on.

The Whites fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat in Premier League action at Molineux on Friday night in a game where luck appeared to desert Marcelo Bielsa's visitors.

Leeds hit the post in the first half through Mateusz Klich before club captain Liam Cooper missed a trio of chances from set-pieces - with hosts stopper Rui Patricio racking up seven saves throughout the contest.

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Wolves themselves caused Leeds problems as Illan Meslier denied wide man Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo twice each.

United were then hit by a sucker punch of conceding an own goal after the interval as a powerful Adama Traore shot rebounded off the woodwork to hit diving goalkeeper Meslier and settle into the back of the net.

Patrick Bamford thought he had levelled in the latter stages of the encounter only for a raised offside flag to halt celebrations.

VAR reviewed the incident and ruled that the decision was correct with the striker's knee deemed to be marginally beyond last defender Conor Coady amid the use of on-screen lines from the video assistant.

Bamford hit out at the decision on social media post-match believing the Whites had again been 'robbed' of a point after a similar incident at Crystal Palace earlier in the campaign.

Leeds teammate Roberts agreed with his fellow forward in the aftermath, but insisted that Bielsa's men must try and move on as they look towards the hosting of Southampton at Elland Road on Tuesday night in the top flight.

"It's the chances we create and those things come into it," Roberts told 5Live over the VAR incident.

"It's an unfortunate thing. I personally think that if it is that tight it should be a goal but it's the rules nowadays. We just have to take it."

He added: "We bounced back well and pushed to the very end. We will take the positives and rest up and go again on Tuesday (against Southampton).

"It's been a stop-start season for me but I was pleased to get the 90 minutes under my belt - hopefully I can push on from here."

Leeds goalkeeper Meslier set an unwanted record with his own goal at Molineux, becoming the youngest shot stopper in Premier League history to find the back of his own net.

Asked about the unlucky concession of Wolves' inadvertent winner, Roberts said: "I feel for him because I think he has the whole goal covered and it's come off the woodwork and hit him.

"It's a freak accident but those things happen in football. I think that's it. Both teams worked very hard. I'm sure as a spectator it was a good watch and an open game.

"We just didn't get the luck today."