Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has criticised Sheffield United for celebrating “as if they already think they’re up.”
Bamford was unhappy with the way the Blades players and fans celebrated after winning 1-0 at Elland Road.
A 71st minute goal from Chris Basham was enough to secure all three points for United. The result puts them above Leeds into the automatic promotion places.
“Hearing them (fans) and hearing the Sheffield United boys, it was as if they already think they’re up,” Bamford told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s eight games to go and there’s still a lot of points to play for. Nothing’s written in stone yet.
“If someone puts together eight straight wins then fair enough, they deserve to go up. But this game hasn’t decided the promotion race. It’s given Sheffield a little edge.”
What the Blades think
Apart from referring to United as “Sheffield”, Bamford is of course correct. The Blades are only one point ahead of Leeds in the Championship table with eight matches left to play.
Yet psychologically that would have been a blow to the Whites. Losing at home to their nearest direct rivals for promotion is about as bad as it gets.
Plus, Bamford comes across as very sour with his comments,; something the United support haven’t taken too kindly to.
Hi @Patrick_Bamford can you explain to me how, according to that horse faced fanny @PJansson5 Saturday was one of the biggest matches in your history yet now we’ve gone & beaten you we shouldn’t have celebrated? Have a day off. #sufc #twitterblades
— Dan Atkin (@danatkin5) March 18, 2019
And remember, don’t celebrate or crack a smile if #sufc win. You might be accused of getting ahead of yourselves. 😃#twitterblades https://t.co/rwr0DA4EKk
— James Shield (@JamesShield1) March 18, 2019
He cost over 20x more than our squad of strikers did and cost roughly a similar amount to what our full team cost and he disappeared for majority of the match. ⚔️👏
— ⚪⚔️🔴 (@thesufcproject) March 18, 2019
Anyone who refers to us as ‘Sheffield’ clearly has no clue.
— Hetty Pullan (@HettyPullan) March 18, 2019
Sounds like a sore loser to me! Is Bamford saying Leeds wouldn’t have celebrated like that if they had won??? It was a big game for us, not just because we went into 2nd spot, but because it was against Leeds! Sheffield Utd had every right to celebrate the win!
— nicola howe (@itsonlynicola) March 18, 2019