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

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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.

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