Leeds United fans, how are your fingernails? Last night was yet another tight affair as, despite plenty of chances, Leeds had to squeeze out a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Championship.
Mateusz Klich’s goal means that Leeds remain five points clear in the automatic promotion places. But once again, fans will have been disappointed with Leeds’ inability to take several chances.
Leeds had 12 attempts at goal. Eight of those were on target, compared to Boro’s two.
One of those chances was a Patrick Bamford header against his former club. The Leeds United striker had a chance to give Leeds a lead in the first-half, but aimed a tame effort straight at Boro keeper Aynsley Pears.
It was a miss that even drew a critique from former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright. He tweeted a response to The Athletic’s lead Leeds writer Phil Hay highlighting his surprise that the chance was not taken.
Massive chance that Phil. Space and time. Felt like it was happening in slow mo!!
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) February 26, 2020
Of course, Wright has something of a horse in this race. The ex-Arsenal man is a huge supporter of young Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah, who spent the first part of the season on loan at Elland Road.
Nketiah, of course, ended up being recalled by Arsenal after failing to remove Bamford from his starting position.
There is undoubtedly fair criticism to be aimed at Bamford’s lack of clinical edge. However, it is also clear that the striker is integral to Marcelo Bielsa’s overall game plan at Leeds.
With January recruit Jean-Kevin Augustin set to miss the weekend clash with a hamstring injury, don’t expect that gameplan to be changing anytime soon.