Leeds United coach Daniel Farke revealed that he has spoken to striker Patrick Bamford after the penalty incident against Stoke on Wednesday night.
Bamford stepped up and eventually missed a crucial penalty on the 75th minute mark. The English striker won the penalty after brilliant interplay between himself and Georginio Rutter that forced Stoke captain Ben Pearson to bring him down in the box. After his miss, the Potter scored the only goal of the game just five minutes later as Leeds lost 1-0.
Daniel Farke said in Fridays press conference that he has spoken to the 30-year old after the game:
“It was not a big topic. Short chat, but that’s it. He does not need my backing. He is experienced. Difficult situation. That’s football. Use a penalty and it’s a different story. Patrick a hero. Subs changed the game and won the game, everything is all right. Miss the penalty and everything is unlucky and disappointing.”
The German coach insisted that incidents like this happen in football and that the finger of blame shouldn’t be pointed:
“Patrick is experienced enough. We don’t need to go into details. It was difficult. If you want the full story: I believe the coach decides who takes the penalties. We always decide before the game who takes them.”
“Patrick had that chance to forget his last misses, but sadly he misses and next time someone else will take it. We cannot change it for this game. Decisive moment. We do not point the finger.”
Leeds host Huddersfield at Elland Road this weekend as they look to get back to winning ways.