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Ashley Williams reacts to Patrick Bamford incident in Leeds win

Ashley Williams has told Match of the Day that he does not understand how Patrick Bamford was not awarded a penalty during Leeds United’s win over Southampton on Tuesday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured their top-half finish with a 2-0 victory on the south coast. Late goals from Bamford and Tyler Roberts sealed the three points for the visitors.

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However, the deadlock should have perhaps been broken sooner. Bamford was played in earlier in the second-half with only Alex McCarthy to beat.

The striker took the ball round the goalkeeper, but as he went by, his left foot was caught by the Southampton stopper.

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Bamford opted to stay on his feet and the chance fizzled out. But rather than go back and award a penalty, the officials decided to play on from Leeds’s corner.

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That prompted Bamford to clearly ask the referee if he needed to dive to win the penalty. And he subsequently spoke after the game about the frustration that players are being penalised for staying on their feet.

And Williams completely agreed that Leeds not getting a penalty was a baffling decision.

“I think he spoke very well,” he told Match of the Day. “If he goes down, that’s a penalty, 100%, all day.

“I don’t understand. I don’t understand how VAR doesn’t say that’s a penalty because it is, there’s contact.”

It is surely fair to say that officials have to take a lot of the blame for players going to ground too easily.

It is not the first time Leeds have missed out on getting a penalty because a player stayed on their feet. Ian Poveda was somehow denied a spot-kick at Chelsea after being kicked.

There have been other examples involving other teams this term. And as Bamford said, players are being encouraged to dive to make sure the right decision is made.

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