PATRICK BAMFORD: THE GOAL WAS NICE - Leedsunited.com 5/12/21
Patrick Bamford returned from injury to score a stoppage time goal in the Premier League, at home to Brentford.
Finding the back of the net secured a more than deserved point for the Whites, in a game that was hard-fought on either side throughout.
After being on the sidelines since mid-September, the striker was delighted to return to the pitch and even happier to net a late goal which he feels was important for the team.
Bamford said: “I felt rusty as hell, to be honest!
“It’s always going to be like that for the first few games until you get back up to speed, but it was just nice to get back out there.
“We had a 10 minute spell in that second half were they got the goals and things turned on their head, so it was important we got some sort of result today, especially as the table is so tight at the minute.
“I always felt, that as soon as I came on the pitch, I was going to get one chance. I didn’t for ages and ages, but I thought there was still time left, it’s going to come.
“Adam Forshaw said to me ‘you’re going to get one chance’, and so it happened! The goal was nice, especially because it rescued a point.”
Bamford was asked what his instructions were when he was sent on to the pitch after returning from injury, and specifically how he handled his time out.
He explained: “It was just try and give us a presence in the area, spin behind don’t drop too short too much, try do what you can!
“I just tried to stay in the box as much as I could and hoped to put myself in the right position.
“It’s been frustrating because it is one of those injuries that can drag on. There’s no actual specific time scale it’s all down to the individual.
“It was frustrating because I set my sights on coming back each match for the last six matches, so yeah it was a frustrating period but now I am out of it, it seems it has gone fast.
“Sometimes when you’re out through injury you become a better player all of a sudden. There probably was a bit of pressure, but I just tried to do what I normally do."