“It is hard to stand up at Elland Road pitch” - Bamford admits

Tue 09 February 2021 | 12:48

The Leeds United forward has scored his 100th goal for his side on Monday.

Patrick Bamford

admitted that he had to put rugby studs in his boots when

Leeds United


Crystal Palace

with a 2-0 result. The Elland Road pitch has attracted the attention of news headlines and it had to be relayed due to the slipping problems the players have been facing in the clash against


on January 16.

The repair, which costed £300,000, satisfied the Whites’ coach

Marcelo Bielsa

following the battle against Everton. However, Bamford had problem amid the clash against the Eagles on Monday and had to compromise.

It is important to turn your home ground into a fortress, but it is difficult with our pitch at the minute,

” Bamford said. “

We almost suit playing away better.”

When he was quizzed about the new pitch, he smiled and replied: “

It is better.

“It is hard to stand up, that’s all I will say.”

When asked about his boots, he answered: "

I am still wearing studs, but I had to put rugby studs in at half-time


Bielsa requires more than goals from those in the squad, with the centre-forward demanded to do more than what a striker would do.

Non-stop running is first and foremost. You have to give 100 per cent,

” Bamford said. “

The first job as a striker is to defend. You have to start with that defensive pressure. 

It is physically demanding and I can’t do it for 90 minutes, so I have to have the odd little walk, but it pays off and he has developed me into a stronger person and player.”

Bamford continued: "

The most important thing was the three points, but it was nice to hit a hundred. To be honest it is long overdue, but it’s nice to get there.”

Leeds under the reign of Bielsa seem to have a history of losing their pace in the second of seasons. Should they continue with their current pace, the 27-year-old Bamford will be presented with a lot of chances as he said: "

I captained myself (in Fantasy Football)


source: SportMob