Fulham 1-2 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford inspires Marcelo Bielsa’s side to win

Fulham 1-2 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford inspires Marcelo Bielsa’s side to win

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Patrick Bamford has scored 14 Premier League goals this season. Harry Kane is the only English striker to score more

Patrick Bamford scored one and set up the other goal as Leeds beat Fulham in a frantic game at Craven Cottage.

The hosts missed the chance to move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a third defeat in four games.

Leeds had two goals disallowed in the first half – first when Luke Ayling’s header was ruled out by the video assistant referee and then when Raphinha was well offside before slotting home.

They led when Bamford, who missed out on selection for the England squad on Thursday, smashed home at the near post from Jack Harrison’s cross.

Fulham were level when defender Joachim Andersen volleyed in from Ademola Lookman’s corner, his first goal in English football.

But Leeds scored the winner just before the hour mark, as Bamford fed Raphinha, who beat two defenders before poking home.

The result takes Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds up to 11th in the table on 39 points.

Bamford helps Leeds ease scoring problems

Bamford, 27, had only scored one Premier League goal before this season. Two years ago, while in the Championship with Leeds, he looked close to declaring for the Republic of Ireland.

But he has scored 14 top-flight goals this season now – Harry Kane is the only English striker to score more.

England boss Gareth Southgate said Bamford was “very close” to his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Former England defender Matt Upson, watching the game for BBC Radio 5 Live, said he was unlucky not to be in the squad.

“He’s shown he’s at a good level. He’s pushing and in real contention,” said Upson.

He was ultimately the difference between the teams in a high-tempo encounter.

Leeds had failed to score in four of their previous five games, as many as in their first 23 league games this season.

But, after two team-mates had goals ruled out for offside, Bamford gave them the lead as he showed good movement to lose a defender before hammering in Harrison’s cross.

Fulham created plenty of chances after equalising but Bamford kept his cool to feed Raphinha for a cleverly finished winner.

In an eventful game, he was booked for a foul, went close to an own goal and avoided a penalty shout for a handball after a ricochet in the box.

There was a bit of a downside to Leeds’ night as Bamford, who had been a doubt with a hip injury, hobbled off after 77 minutes.

Fulham miss big chance in relegation fight

The Cottagers appeared doomed early in the season but a recent revival gave them the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone for the first time since December.

They had several chances, most notably in the first half, and could only take one of them when Andersen smashed home.

The defeat keeps them two points below Newcastle and three off Brighton. Those two sides play on Saturday and will still have a game in hand on Fulham.

This third defeat in four games means the momentum of their previous five-game unbeaten run may have gone.

Ivan Cavaleiro had a shot blocked in the opening 15 seconds to set the tone for a high-energy game.

Josh Maja was denied by a sensational Illan Meslier save, with Ayling clearing the loose ball off the line.

The keeper then denied Cavaleiro from getting on to a poor header back and saved a Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa strike moments later.

Aleksandar Mitrovic replaced Maja at half-time and had to wait until the 89th minute for an effort on target, a header which Meslier saved.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Areola
  • 34AinaSubstituted forTeteat 72′minutes
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 33Robinson
  • 21ReedSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18LeminaBooked at 51mins
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 19Lookman
  • 27MajaSubstituted forMitrovicat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 13Ream
  • 15Loftus-Cheek
  • 23Bryan
  • 30Kongolo
  • 31Fabri

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Llorente
  • 21Struijk
  • 10Alioski
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 18Raphinha
  • 15Dallas
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forKochat 90+3′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordBooked at 31minsSubstituted forKlichat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Koch
  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 43Klich
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins

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