Patrick Bamford

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Liam Cooper praises Patrick Bamford for “unbelievable confidence”

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is confident team-mate Patrick Bamford can make amends for his “stupid” suspension. Bamford is expected to go straight back into Leeds’ starting line-up for the return leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Derby on Wednesday night. He has served a two-game ban for deceiving the referee in the recent home draw against Aston Villa and, having shown remorse, he now has the chance of swift redemption due to Kemar Roofe‘s calf injury. “There’s no worries about Pat being fit and we all know what he can do,” said Cooper. “He’s got this unbelievable confidence about him. If he misses chances he always knows he’s still going to score. “It’s a weird confidence, but a good one to ...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Kemar Roofe ruled out for Leeds with calf injury

Leeds have been dealt an injury blow as Kemar Roofe has been ruled out of the return leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Derby. Roofe’s 15th goal of the season secured Leeds a 1-0 win on Saturday at Pride Park in the first leg, but he will play no part at Elland Road on Wednesday due to a calf strain. Patrick Bamford is expected to start in Roofe’s absence after serving a two-game ban, while Pontus Jansson remains doubtful and Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts, Barry Douglas and Gjanni Alioski are definitely out. “Forshaw won’t be available,” Bielsa said. “Jansson will (on Tuesday) try to work normally. And we will see how he is. “Roofe won’t be available either. Kemar’s problem is more simple than Adam’s, but ...

Preview: Derby County vs. Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Derby and Leeds, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Derby County and Leeds United face off at Pride Park on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. The Rams finished nine points worse off than their opponents at the end of the regular season, yet they are the side in better form heading into this showdown in the East Midlands. Derby © Reuters Whereas Leeds have had a couple of weeks to gear themselves up for the playoffs, giving Marcelo Bielsa the luxury of being able to rotate his side slightly, Derby did not nail down sixth place until the final day of the campaign. A 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their penultimate game left the door open for Middlesbroug...

Leeds United to make £7m move for Reading midfielder John Swift?

Leeds United reportedly want to sign John Swift from Reading in a £7m deal, no matter what division they are competing in next season. Reading midfielder John Swift is a transfer target for Leeds United, according to a report. The Whites are said to already have plans in place for the summer window, despite not knowing what division they will be competing in. Leeds, who occupy an automatic promotion place in the Championship at this late stage in the season, are believed to have their eyes on Reading ace Swift. Football Insider claims that United are ready to test their second-tier rivals’ resolve with a £7m offer, matching the initial sum handed over to Middlesbrough to sign Patrick Bamford last August. Marcelo Bielsa will push ahead with plans to sign Swift no matter what division ...

Patrick Bamford: ‘Leeds United cannot afford to get carried away’

Forward Patrick Bamford acknowledges that Leeds United ‘cannot afford to get carried away’, despite building an advantage in the race for Premier League promotion. Patrick Bamford has acknowledged that it is ‘still early days’ for Leeds United in the race for Premier League promotion. Leeds have recorded five wins in a row in the Championship, and the Yorkshire giants now sit six points clear of third-placed West Bromwich Albion. However, Bamford has admitted that he and his teammates cannot afford to look too far ahead as the club bids to earn a long-awaited return to the top flight. The 25-year-old is quoted by The Mirror as saying: “I think this shows we mean business. We’re here to try and participate in the league and do well, but it’s one of ...

Jordan Hugill arrives for Middlesbrough medical?

West Ham United forward Jordan Hugill reportedly arrives at Middlesbrough to undergo a medical at the Championship side. By Matthew Jones, ReporterFiled: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 13:22 UK Last Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 13:22 UK West Ham United striker Jordan Hugill has reportedly arrived at Middlesbrough to undergo a medical at the Championship club. Hugill has failed to make a single start for the club since joining for £9.5m in January from Preston North End. Boro will be searching for a replacement for forward Patrick Bamford, who secured a £7m move to Leeds United earlier in the transfer window. According to Sky Sports News, Hugill has arrived on Teesside to undergo a medical with Boro. The report adds that there is uncertainty over whether the move will be permanent or...

Middlesbrough interested in signing Jordan Hugill on loan?

Middlesbrough are reportedly in talks with West Ham United over a potential loan move for striker Jordan Hugill. By Matthew Jones, ReporterFiled: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:30 UK Last Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:30 UK Middlesbrough are reportedly in talks with West Ham United over a potential loan move for striker Jordan Hugill. Hugill moved to East London for £9.5m in January from Preston North End, but the 26-year-old has not made a single start for the club since joining. As chairman David Sullivan reportedly closes in on the £4m signing of Arsenal’s Lucas Perez, Hugill could become surplus to requirements under new manager Manuel Pellegrini. According to Sky Sports News, Hugill could spend next season on loan at Boro as the former Port Vale player seeks regular ...

Tony Pulis: ‘Middlesbrough squad not good enough to go up’

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis targets new signings before the transfer window closes as his current group “is not good enough” to earn promotion. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 21:31 UK Last Updated: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 21:33 UK Tony Pulis has confessed that new players must be brought in before the end of the week if Middlesbrough are to challenge for promotion to the Premier League. The Smoggies have lost a handful of regulars since suffering defeat in last season’s playoff semi-finals, including striker Patrick Bamford and defender Ben Gibson. Adama Traore was not involved against Millwall on the opening weekend as he closes in on a switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, and injury ruled out Daniel Ayala a...

Patrick Bamford urges Leeds United to make most of Championship “open ticket”

Patrick Bamford wants Leeds United to make the most of the “open ticket” that is the 2018-19 Championship in their pursuit of Premier League promotion. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 13:39 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 13:39 UK Patrick Bamford has claimed that the 2018-19 Championship is very much “an open ticket” and believes that Leeds United must make the most of the opportunity in their pursuit of promotion. The 24-year-old made the £7m switch from Middlesbrough to the Whites on Tuesday, joining a club managed by the esteemed Marcelo Bielsa. Bamford believes that only Stoke City can be considered a heavy favourite for promotion this term, and is hoping that Leeds will finally make their Premier League return aft...

Leeds United announce signing of Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford

Leeds United confirm that they have completed the signing of Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford for an undisclosed fee. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 16:06 UK Last Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 16:11 UK Leeds United have announced that they have completed the signing of Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford. The Yorkshire giants have been linked with Derby County’s Matej Vydra for much of the summer transfer window, but the Czech Republic international opted against a switch to a team who finished lower than the Rams in the Championship last season. That resulted in Leeds moving for former Chelsea trainee Bamford, who has now penned a four-year contract at Elland Road. Leeds have not disclosed the fee, but Sky Sports News has claimed that Middlesbr...

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