Leeds United 1-0 Burnley: Patrick Bamford hits an early winner from the spot


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Patrick Bamford hit a fifth-minute winner from the penalty spot

Leeds bounced back from their heavy defeat at Old Trafford with a hard-earned victory over Burnley at Elland Road.

Patrick Bamford won an early penalty, which he ruthlessly dispatched to earn Leeds their third home win of the season, after Nick Pope had brought him down.

Burnley were unfortunate not to be level 13 minutes later when Ashley Barnes appeared to capitalise on Illan Meslier’s mistake to spin inside the area and fire the loose ball into an empty net.

The 20-year-old Leeds goalkeeper was awarded a free-kick despite spilling the ball forward in what seemed like a fair aerial challenge with Ben Mee.

Leeds were the better side in the first half as they played with confidence despite their 6-2 defeat in Manchester last Sunday, but the visitors improved after the interval as they went in search of an equaliser.

Their best opportunity fell to Barnes but the forward could only smash his volley straight at Meslier.

Victory for the hosts lifts them into 11th place in the Premier League, while Burnley remain 16th.

Bielsa out to prove a point

Leeds have been winning plaudits for their attacking play all season, but they were hit with some criticism for sticking to their style in the defeat by Manchester United.

Speaking before the game, their manager Marcelo Bielsa said: “Normally, when there is adversity, what the press do is try to weaken the one who is facing adversity or to ridicule the style of play of a team.”

The ‘us against them’ stance from the Leeds boss appeared to pay off as his players started the game on the front foot.

The hosts were able to transition from defence to attack quickly and their intent paid dividends when defender Luke Ayling’s excellent angling pass beat the Burnley defence to find Bamford.

The forward, who follows Jamie Vardy and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in becoming the third English player to reach 10 Premier League goals this season, managed to nudge the ball past compatriot Pope to win the decisive spot-kick.

That theme continued for much of the first half as Leeds were quick to try to play into their lone striker, so much so that when Jack Harrison had the goal at his mercy, he could only fire his effort at the legs of Bamford.

More to follow.

Player of the match

PhillipsKalvin Phillips

Leeds United

  1. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  2. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  3. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  4. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  5. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

  6. Squad number18Player nameRaphinha

  7. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  8. Squad number19Player namePablo Hernández

  9. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

  10. Squad number10Player nameAlioski

  11. Squad number7Player namePoveda-Ocampo

  12. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo

  13. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  14. Squad number43Player nameKlich


  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  3. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  4. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  5. Squad number6Player nameMee

  6. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  7. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  8. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  9. Squad number9Player nameWood

  10. Squad number23Player namePieters

  11. Squad number41Player nameBenson

  12. Squad number16Player nameStephens

  13. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez



  • 1Meslier
  • 15Dallas
  • 2Ayling
  • 21Struijk
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 18Dias BelloliSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 70′minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 66′minutes
  • 20RodrigoSubstituted forHernándezat 59′minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford


  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Hernández
  • 24Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins
  • 49Casey


  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5TarkowskiBooked at 28mins
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 41BensonSubstituted forStephensat 74′minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18WestwoodBooked at 79mins
  • 23PietersSubstituted forRodriguezat 74′minutes
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesBooked at 90mins


  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 35Mancini
  • 46Mumbongo

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