Eddie Gray is delighted for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford that he managed to bounce back to form in midweek in front of goal.
The 25-year-old scored twice on Tuesday night during a 2-0 away victory against Preston in the Championship.
Sheffield United could only manage a draw with Birmingham on Wednesday night, which means the Whites remain second in the league table and a point ahead of them with five games remaining.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side now have the slightest of advantages in the race for automatic promotion, but it could go down to the wire between the two Yorkshire rivals.
Leeds legend Gray was impressed by Bamford following his latest display and feels he deserves credit to responding to some missed chances lately.
The left-footed centre-forward has been sloppy in recent games with his finishing, but certainly found his range against Preston.
“He scored a wonderful first goal and a good header as well. Probably a little bit disappointed he didn’t get a hat-trick, but the first goal was some strike,” Gray said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Delighted for the boy, he missed a couple of chances recently, bounced back tonight in an important game.
Leeds know it is in their hands in the final five games to secure a return to the Premier League, but continue to swap places with Sheffield United due to the competitiveness of the Championship.
Bielsa’s team host Sheffield Wednesday next at Elland Road and Bamford missed the first meeting between the two sides through injury.
He’s been unlucky with injury problems throughout the campaign, but fortunately it hasn’t coincided too much with striker teammate Kemar Roofe.
Leeds finally have both available to them going into final stretch and they have enough goals between them to get over the line.