Leeds saw their promotion hopes suffer another blow this afternoon as they fell to an unexpected 1-0 defeat against relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance as winger Jack Harrison and striker Patrick Bamford both squandered good opportunities, and it was a Pablo Hernandez own goal which gave the Latics the lead in the 60th minute.
The result means Leeds have now lost their spot at the top of the Championship table following West Brom’s win over Luton, with the Elland Road outfit having now lost three of their last four second-tier clashes over the last couple of weeks.
The Whites strengthened their squad during the January transfer window with Jean-Kevin Augustin being the marquee signing of the month, but he was not included in the match-day squad against Wigan as Bamford continued in attack for Bielsa’s side.
Bamford entered the match after scoring a brace during Leeds’ 3-2 victory over Millwall in midweek, but he failed to replicate this performance against Wigan as he missed a number of opportunities before and after the visitors took the lead.
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Plenty of Leeds supporters took to Twitter in response to Bamford’s performance with many of them criticising the striker, while others suggested that new signing Augustin should lead the line for the Whites’ next match.
Here are some of the responses…
No way bamford should be in a lufc squad in the next month pathetic today #lufc
— Lash 777 (@jmmd11) February 1, 2020
Easy to blame Bamford again but tbf he didn't have any opportunities, unchallenged, right in front of the goal from a metre out today. #LUFC
— Reginald Glovebox Ⓥ (@RGlovebox) February 1, 2020
Bamford misses chance after chance and we don’t even put Augustin on the bench?? Big January signing and you’re telling me he’s not fit enough to come on for 20/30 mins? Bielsa???? #lufc
— Sean Hunter (@Seanrh11) February 1, 2020
— Jimmy4986 (@jammymuz) February 1, 2020
Can anyone stick up for Bamford? He’s embarrassing, costing us promotion #lufc
— Jake. (@shakey_jakey07) February 1, 2020
If Patrick Bamford is the answer, what is the question? #lufc
— Gerard Mooney⚫⚪ (@gerardm117) February 1, 2020
— leakinglufc (@leakinglufc) February 1, 2020
Sick of losing games because Bamford can’t score the chances he should. #lufc
— Paul McGrath (@WesterosBatman) February 1, 2020