Leeds United went into today’s 3pm kick-off against Wigan knowing that they needed a win, and the three points, to overtake Sheffield United and regain 2nd in the table.
The Blades had done what they had to do to beat a lacklustre Nottingham Forest. being helped by a Forest red card early in the second half. It’s been nip-and-tuck between Leeds and Sheffield United and that seemed set to continue.
The Good Friday sun was beating down on Elland Road, and the Whites were basking in the glow of a 2nd vs 21st match-up. Wigan started off the game not looking overawed at the proposition facing them. Whilst not being reckless, they were committing men forward, including standout defender Reece James in centre midfield.
The first big talking point of the first half was the dismissal of Wigan’s Cedric Kipre around the quarter-hour mark. The offence he committed was handball, handling a Patrick Bamford shot on the line and preventing a certain goal.
The resulting penalty opportunity fell to Pablo Hernandez. The on-fire Spaniard stepped up confidently but saw his shot from 12 yards strike the post, possibly helped by a touch from the Wigan keeper Christian Walton.
However, the disappointed Whites fans didn’t have to wait long to celebrate and it was that man Patrick Bamford to the rescue.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 19, 2019
It was a fantastic ball into the box from Luke Ayling and precision control from Bamford who lashed a right-footed shot across Walton and into the far corner. It was a goal that gave Leeds their 21st opening goal of the season, a position that they’ve never lost from.
Here’s how Leeds United fans commented at reacted on taking the lead and regaining second spot from Sheffield United.
Bamford opens the scoring at Elland Road – reactions
Absolutely buzzing.. but that Sheffield United goal difference is dangerous… let’s go get some goals 👊
— CJ Slater (@CJ_Slater16) April 19, 2019
PATRICK BAMFORD DU DU DU DU
— Jack Mullins 💙💛 (@JackDMullins) April 19, 2019
What a Finish clinical from Bamford
— SAMUEL 🇬🇧🇦🇺 (@Murray__87) April 19, 2019
WHAT A GREAT GOAL 😍
— Andy (@AndyLUFC2) April 19, 2019
Get in bam bam 💥
— VictoriusMeldrewIdobelieveit💙💛 1919-2019 (@andrewoakley88) April 19, 2019
Great goal. Lets get a load here today.
— nigel harris (@nigelharris101) April 19, 2019