Patrick Bamford has hit out at VAR after being denied an equaliser for Leeds at Wolves in their 1-0 defeat at Molineux on Friday night.
The Leeds striker broke through to smash a shot past Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal, only to be denied by an offside flag. VAR did review the incident, but upon review failed to overturn the linesman’s decision.
However, replays suggested the decision looked harsh, with Conor Coady’s foot appearing to play Bamford onside.
It all added to Leeds’ frustrations, who lost at Molineux after a freak own goal. The decisive incident came when Adama Traore’s fierce effort cannoned off the crossbar and in-off Illan Meslier’s back. It’s the second time Leeds have lost 1-0 to Wolves this season; their winner at Elland Road also coming via a cruel deflection.
After the game, Bamford took to social media to hit out at VAR and explained how he felt Leeds deserved a draw.
“Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point,” he said with a confused emoji.
“But at least it’s ‘mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr’. We go again Tuesday.”
Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point 🥴 but at least it’s “mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr”🧐 we go again Tuesday #mot
— Patrick Bamford (@Patrick_Bamford) February 19, 2021
It’s easy to feel some sympathy for Bamford given it’s the second time this season VAR has denied him a goal.
Back in November, Bamford scored what looked a perfectly good goal at Palace, only to see VAR rule it out due to his outstretched arm. That was later branded “the worst decision ever made in football” by one gobsmacked pundit.
Bielsa feels Leeds were better side
Marcelo Bielsa insisted Leeds were the better team despite suffering a unfortunate 1-0 defeat at Molineux.
“There was only very few moments of the game we didn’t dominate,” he told BT Sport. “The offensive game we created was sufficient enough to score at least one goal.
A thunderous shot from Adama Traore bounces off the bar and in off Illan Meslier 😳💥
Nothing the goalkeeper could do about that one! pic.twitter.com/pff5O3ZjQr
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 19, 2021
“In a game that was [decided by] small margins, I had the feeling that we were the superior side.
“We had 10 chances in the game from different resources. I repeat that I think our offensive game was good.
“I don’t think we conceded the dominance of the game too often. Of course they have two wingers who are very dangerous.
“Although we didn’t dominate them completely, I think our defensive behaviour was good.”