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Marcelo Bielsa defends Patrick Bamford after Leeds loss

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested that there was little more Patrick Bamford could have done during Leeds United’s defeat to Brighton on Saturday – in comments reported by Leeds Live.

The Whites suffered a hugely disappointing loss against Graham Potter’s side. Brighton were the better side and certainly deserved the three points.

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Leeds managed to register just two attempts on target (via Whoscored). Remarkably, Bamford was one of just three outfield starters to not have an attempt on goal for the visitors.

It proved to be a very frustrating time for the 27-year-old before he was replaced by Rodrigo just before the hour-mark. But Bielsa suggested that he could not have done much more.

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“No, I think not,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live, when asked whether he could have done anything differently. “We had a problem in the creation prior to the ball reaching Patrick, where he had no influence and he could not receive the ball in positions where he can cause harm to the opponent.

“When we can’t overlap outwide and when we can’t give the pass from the centre from a closer distance, it is difficult for him to shine.”

TBR View: Bamford let down

It did seem that Bamford was let down by the lack of quality in crucial areas. It was startling just how many crosses Leeds overhit or failed to put into any sort of dangerous area.

Brighton’s back three also deserve credit for keeping Bamford out of the game. There was rarely a moment when it seemed like an opportunity had been missed to play the striker in.

It probably says it all that Pablo Hernandez was on for just 11 minutes and managed four more touches than Bamford had before he was replaced.

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