MX23RW : Saturday, May 25 09:40:33| >> :600:941910:941910:
May 15, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at ​Elland Road
Attendance: 36,326
LeedsLeeds United
2-4
DerbyDerby County
Dallas (24', 62')
Berardi (78')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marriott (45', 85'), Mount (46'), Wilson (58' pen.)
Malone (91')

Liam Cooper praises Patrick Bamford for "unbelievable confidence"

Liam Cooper praises Patrick Bamford for
© Reuters
Bamford has served a two-match ban for deceiving the referee in the recent home draw against Aston Villa and could start against Derby on Wednesday.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is confident team-mate Patrick Bamford can make amends for his "stupid" suspension.

Bamford is expected to go straight back into Leeds' starting line-up for the return leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Derby on Wednesday night.

He has served a two-game ban for deceiving the referee in the recent home draw against Aston Villa and, having shown remorse, he now has the chance of swift redemption due to Kemar Roofe's calf injury.

"There's no worries about Pat being fit and we all know what he can do," said Cooper.

"He's got this unbelievable confidence about him. If he misses chances he always knows he's still going to score.

"It's a weird confidence, but a good one to have in the team and we take from that as well."

Bamford has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Leeds since arriving from Middlesbrough in the summer in a deal reported to be worth up to £10million.

He feigned injury, falling theatrically to the floor, during a confrontation with Villa's Anwar El Ghazi in the game which ended in a mass melee at Elland Road last month.

El Ghazi was sent off for violent conduct, but his red card was later rescinded after television replays showed there had been no contact, while Bamford was charged by the Football Association for deceiving a match official.

"He came in straight away and apologised to me and the boys for what happened, and the staff as well," Cooper said.

"It's one of those things in the heat of the moment. Sometimes you make stupid decisions and Pat will admit that.

"But this last 10 days he's been suspended he's certainly trained a lot harder than he would if he was playing."

Roofe's 55th-minute goal in the first leg against Derby at Pride Park on Saturday has given Leeds the advantage, but Cooper insisted they will not be sitting back.

"If we go into this game thinking we have to protect a lead we will be our own worst enemy," he said.

"So we go to win the game. We'll commit men forward, we'll attack as we always do and the best team over the two legs will go through."

Leeds have had the upper hand in all of their last three meetings with Derby, winning 4-1 at Pride Park and 2-0 at Elland Road during the regular season.

"The game (on Saturday) was a lot closer, that might have been the magnitude of the game, I don't know," Cooper added.

"Derby have got a lot of players who can hurt you. Obviously we nullified them to zero shots on target at the weekend, but those games have gone now.

"All focus is on Wednesday and we'll be looking to go and beat them again."


Click here for more stories about Patrick Bamford

Click here for more stories about Leeds United

Share this article now:
Derby County boss Frank Lampard celebrates reaching the playoffs on May 5, 2019
Read Next:
Derby boss Frank Lampard: "We've still got a chance"
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Click here to log in with Facebook and add your favourite team's news and scores to this panel

6

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38322495237298
2Liverpool38307189226797
3Chelsea38219863392472
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs382321367392871
5Arsenal382171073512270
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381991065541166
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38169134746157
8Everton38159145446854
9Leicester CityLeicester38157165148352
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham38157165255-352
11Watford38148165259-750
12Crystal Palace38147175153-249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174248-645
14Bournemouth38136195670-1445
15Burnley38117204568-2340
16Southampton38912174565-2039
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3899203560-2536
RCardiff CityCardiff38104243469-3534
RFulham3875263481-4726
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3837282276-5416

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account