Eric Lichaj has told BBC Humberside – as quoted by the Hull Mail – that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford intentionally injured Hull City goalkeeper George Long, after the duo collided immediately before Gjanni Alioski found the back of the net.
With Leeds United already leading after Jordy de Wijs’ own goal, The Whites were defending a corner in the 82nd minute. A stunning save from Kiko Casilla was promptly followed by a blistering counter attack, as Kalvin Phillips found Mateusz Klich.
The Pole ran the length of the pitch before finding Bamford in the area, but the striker hit the post from 10 yards out. The ball ricocheted to Alioski, who scored – with both Long and Bamford on the deck. Replays showed Bamford had collided with Long.
It saw Alioski’s shot hit the net without Long being able to stop, it and there was a quite a delay as Long was dealt with. Long saw out the remainder of the match, but former Leeds defender Lichaj was not impressed with Whites striker Bamford.
“Professional footballers, you know what you’re doing. He knows what he’s doing, he could get out the way but he doesn’t,” Lichaj said. “It’s not good, especially if you’re leaving knees on heads, this is not part of the game and needs to be stamped out”.
TBR’s view – Is Bamford’s nastiness helping or hindering Leeds?
Bamford is becoming renowned this season for winding up opposition players and fans. Not only is he scoring goals and contrubuting to play, but he is getting under the skin of other players and their fans.
We have seen him cup his ear at Luton and Reading after last-minute goals, get booked for cynical challenges on Tuesday night and against Charlton and now Bamford has got himself in hot water with Lichaj over the challenge on Long.
Bamford has developed a nasty streak and it is giving Leeds an advantage. Even if he isn’t scoring goal after goal, he is certainly giving Leeds an edge and a bit of spice in the final third. He is becoming more and more pivotal to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.