Lee Bowyer has told South London Press that Leeds United were lucky not to have seen Patrick Bamford sent off during Saturday’s 1-0 win to Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Leeds suffered their first away defeat of the campaign to newly-promoted side Charlton, as Kiko Casilla inexplicably decided to punch a soft header that was straight at him – ricocheting off either Macauley Bonne or Stuart Dallas and into the net.
The Whites had a number of chances but it turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Whites, as once again they could not convert their chances into goals. Bamford took his frustration out on Conor Gallagher, swiping the youngster from behind.
The Chelsea loanee was Charlton’s best player throughout the match and immediately after the clash, Bowyer stated he had not seen Bamford’s challenge but during his Monday press conference, he believes that the striker was lucky not to see red.
“I didn’t really see the incident at the time but I have now,” Bowyer said. “He was lucky to stay on the pitch, I’ve seen people sent off for it. I think it was down to frustration, because we limited him – outside the box and inside the box.”
TBR’s view – Was Bamford lucky?
To put it simply, yes. It is not as though the striker was just late on Gallagher with his challenge. Bamford kicked the attacking midfielder with some venom, a tackle that was intentionally venting his frustration.
It remains to be seen if the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker will continue to lead the line on Tuesday night, as the Whites play host to West Bromwich Albion.