Bamford in Leeds promotion vow as he sends Norwich, Boro a message

Date published: Thursday 7th February 2019 1:47

Patrick Bamford insists Leeds fully believe they can win promotion back to the Premier League after the striker admitted his shame at his clash with Norwich’s Tim Krul.

Four defeats in their last six games have seen the Whites relinquish their grip at the top of the Championship; Marcelo Bielsa has already explained why he won’t change his footballing philosophies as a result.

The 3-1 home defeat at home to Norwich last time out was a particularly bitter pill to swallow, though Bielsa insisted it was only he who should take the blame.

But one positive to come out of the game was the goalscoring return of summer signing Bamford, who netted their late consolation goal with a well-taken header.

The striker insists that Leeds, despite their wobbly form, remain as confident as ever in the race for promotion.

“If you asked a number of teams in the Championship, they would say they’re in with a great chance – we’re one of them,” Bamford said, before adding: “It would be a boring game if you know who was going to go up.

“But we’re not doubting ourselves. Every team has dips, and the period January to March is the most crucial.”

One major talking point to come from the game was Bamford’s clash with Tim Krul at full-time, when the Norwich keeper appeared to plant his forehead into the Leeds star’s face.

Talking about the clash, Bamford admitted: “It doesn’t set a good example to kids watching and everyone needs to be mindful of that, including him.”

Leeds paid £7million to sign Bamford from Middlesbrough last summer and the striker returns to his former club on Saturday.

“I think I owe the Leeds’ fans three goals! But I’ve got a lot of love for that club and I enjoyed my time there,” he said. “I haven’t got a bad word to say.”

Bamford also addressed Leeds’ lack of activity in January with only goalkeeper Kiko Casilla arriving, but Bamford had a message for supporters.

“I saw that the fans made a bit of a fuss that no-one came in during the transfer window but we’ve got me, Izzy [Brown] and we’ve had a lot of injuries. There are a lot of lads who are coming back in.”

Bamford admitted he had doubts in his head about how his knee would hold up before he returned but has forgotten about is since resuming training

“If I’m being honest, I’m not fully fit in terms of match sharpness but it was nice being back out there. I’m only going to get the match sharpness by playing,” he added.

 

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