Leeds United v Fulham match report

Team Bamford….

Honours were shared at the Hawthorns, a point would suffice.

Bielsa sparked a surprise with his starting line up, a final swansong for Eddie Nketiah with Bamford taking his place on the bench.

It wasn’t the finest of starts for Leeds, with West Brom opening the scoring just two minutes into the game through Semi Ajayi.

We fought back and slowly made our mark on the fixture, whist West Brom continued to test us, Kiko was in fine form and pulled off some impressive saves to ensure their goal tally didn’t increase.

We now know that Eddie’s stint with Leeds has ceased and he has returned to Arsenal. This decision seemed evident yesterday as he looked like he had already mentally switched off.

A wise choice therefore by Bielsa to introduce Bamford for the second half, his appearance welcomed by Leeds fans and on the 52nd minute his presence made ever the sweeter as he levelled the score, aided by West Brom defender Semi Ajayi.

A goal which quite clearly meant something to Bamford, his celebration signifying that his roots are well and truly planted with Leeds United. His entire game has improved remarkably and when he isn’t on the pitch, his absence shines through.

As ever, it was still a tense final few minutes, so if the players are in the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, please aim to kill a game off before the final minutes!

Overall we did look a better team than West Brom which is encouraging as we progress through the latter half of the season.

We start 2020 with a draw, maintain our top position and have the safety blanket of a 9 point gap between 3rd place.

20 games to go.

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