Blame Tom Lees. Drop Jason Pearce. Sack off Paul Rachubka. Leeds United fans are very quick to blame a player seen as dropping below what they consider acceptable levels of consistency.

The above trio of players have all had their heads called for, with many fans ready to bear the silver platters for the heads to be presented on. Many more have also fallen foul of social media massives, players such as Scott Wootton. More recently it has been Patrick Bamford, the striker coming in for much criticism for his supposed inability to hit the target in a display some fans thought was more barndoor than Billy Paynter.

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However, these fans will be swallowing rapidly what are increasingly bigger helpings of humble pie. Not only will they be swallowing it, but they will also be choking on it after Bamford scored a brace at Wigan today to make it three-in-three for the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough frontman.

Patrick Bamford’s three Sky Bet Championship goals so far this season

Malignation to praise for Patrick Bamford

Bamford’s goals really have changed the mindset of some Leeds United fans who were more than quick to lambast him. These goals have led to likely many fans scouring their social media and rapidly deleting posts and tweet before they are called out on them. They certainly have led to many fans calling out their doubting compatriots – and rightly so! Last season Bamford had a goal return of 10 in 23 appearances – there are obviously goals in him. Malignation to praise already, and it is likely to be praise that will continue to grow as Leeds United blossom.

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Bamford seemingly ‘Hadoukens’ three Wigan players in grabbing a goal

Some strikers rely on guile, others on positioning and still others on brute power. Some have the deft touch of the gentlest of fairies, whilst others bludgeon their way towards the goal in search of the back of the net. Bamford’s second today was evidence of the latter as he went full-on Streetfighter mode to Hadouken three Wigan players, as well as the ball, into the back of the net.

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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.