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Allardyce hesitant to point fingers at Bamford after penalty miss

Sam Allardyce declined to blame Patrick Bamford for Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday after the striker’s saved penalty cost his team a crucial victory.

Bamford missed a penalty last month in a home draw against Leicester, and he had a chance to make up for it by putting his team up 2-0 at Elland Road. Despite Luke Ayling having already given Allardyce’s team an early lead, Bamford’s spot-kick was weak and easily saved by Nick Pope after Joelinton had fouled Junior Firpo.

Allardyce said: “I thought he was good today. He held the ball up, he caused a few problems. He got the cross in for the (opening) goal. We were doing OK with him.

“Hopefully, like everybody needs to do when it gets a little bit better next week and better again, he scores goals when he gets a chance.

“We need goal-scorers on the pitch and also, we’ve not got that many.”

Callum Wilson scored two penalties for Newcastle in their 2-2 draw against Leeds. The first penalty was awarded when Max Wober made a reckless challenge on Alexander Isak. The second penalty was awarded early in the second half after VAR referred referee Simon Hooper to the pitch-side monitor to check Junior Firpo’s handball. Wilson converted both penalties to take his tally to 17 league goals this season.

Allardyce praises Bamford despite the penalty loss

Rasmus Kristensen scored Leeds’ equalizer in the 79th minute. Still, some fans were frustrated that Patrick Bamford took the penalty instead of leading goalscorer Rodrigo, who they believed was better equipped to score. Bamford had missed a penalty in the previous game against Leicester.

Allardyce added: “Well, I left it how it used to be like before I got here. I mean, I haven’t seen them take many penalties.

“It is what it is. I would have thought if Rodrigo really wanted it he’d have gone and snatched it off Patrick and said ‘I’m taking this’.

“So you miss it, it can happen to anybody. It happened to us today, but at the worst possible time. And that’s very unfortunate for us.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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