It was a season that ended in a frustrating manner last season for Leeds United, as they missed out on promotion into the Premier League in Marcelo Bielsa’s first season in charge.
The Whites were beaten in their play-off semi-final by Derby County, to bring an end to a hugely impressive league campaign for the Yorkshire-based side.
But there will be one match that will standout above the rest from the 2018/19 season, with their 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Elland Road being that game.
Leeds opted not to put the ball out of play whilst Jonathan Kodjia was injured, and Mateusz Klich went on to fire Bielsa’s side ahead on the day.
That sparked a brawl between both teams, which resulted in Anwar El Ghazi being dismissed for an alleged push on Patrick Bamford.
However, replays led to El Ghazi having his suspension rescinded, with Bamford being suspended for two matches for deceiving the referee for his role in the incident.
Speaking in a Q&A session for Leeds’ official Twitter page, Bamford admitted that he was embarrassed for his role in the unsavoury scenes that we saw at Elland Road.
“I’ve always been a bit of a wind up amongst my mates so it’s easy to take that onto the pitch.
“My least favourite was the Aston Villa game at the end of last year. I look back at that and I’m actually a bit embarrassed. I don’t mind throwing Hourihane on the floor because he had hold of Klichy, that’s fine.
“But when I went down, that was embarrassing.”
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It’s good to hear that he’s held his hands up on the incident.
Bamford definitely overreacted, and the scenes aren’t something that you’ll want to see again. I still think that Leeds should have put the ball out of play to allow Kodjia to receive treatment.
But with Bielsa ordering his team to allow Villa to equalise, it’s a credit to the type of manager that he is.
I can’t see any team stopping Leeds from winning promotion into the Premier League this season, and Bamford has played a key role in that bid for a long-awaited return to the top-flight.