Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been discussing Leeds United’s ability to win, even when not playing their best football.
The Whites defeated Blackburn Rovers yesterday with goals from Bamford and Jack Harrison enough for a 2-1 win.
But it was not one of their better performances and, on other occasions, this is the sort of classic scenario where Leeds would have conceded a late equaliser.
However, they held out and speaking to LUTV, Bamford suggested utilising some of football’s darker arts has helped them become a little more resolute in tight games.
“That’s testament to the boys, the work we put in every week.
“Also, when we are not playing well we have learned a little bit to grind that out. To make the necessary foul, even though it might be dirty. Taking the ball into the corner, little tricks that help us.”
There is undoubtedly nothing wrong with the odd tactical foul here and there to keep your side in control of a game. Even Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are often accused of such a tactic.
Leeds, under Marcelo Bielsa, have received plenty of praise for their free-flowing attacking displays but it has sometimes come with a naivety in fixtures that have swung the other way.
As Bamford suggests, Leeds’ players are now learning to be a little ugly in order to eke out results in tight games like yesterday’s. If it results in promotion to the Premier League, nobody will be complaining.