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[Bamford]
Huddersfield Town
Leeds United

Saturday 2nd March 2024, 12:30pm | Championship
The John Smith's Stadium | Attendance: 22,351

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: Andrew Kitchen

It was a bad day at the office for the Whites, with a well blow-par performance against relegation threatened Huddersfield Town. Whether they were suffering from an FA Cup hangover from their midweek clash with Chelsea, or were simply not prepared for the ugly side of the beautiful game is up for debate, but Leeds did not look like a side challenging for automatic promotion.

Even if the game had been played at double speed, it would still have been slow. Time wasting and constant interruptions every few minutes interrupted Leeds rhythm, though the ten minutes of added on time would prove significent. Like most non footballing sides, the hosts were most dangerous from set pieces, and true to form, duly took the lead from a free kick, speculatively fired into the box, early in first half stoppage time.

Veteran striker Danny Ward rose highest, with a bullet header which Meslier did remarkably well to keep out, but substitute defender Michel Herik was on hand to tap in the rebound. Three minutes later, the hosts were reduced to 10 men, after Jonathan Hogg received his second yellow car, after elbowing Junior Firpo in the face. This should have proved significant, yet Leeds would go on to manage just one more (two in total) shot on target for the rest of the game.

Ten men Huddersfield continued to frustrate Leeds in the second half. Their 79% possession meant nothing in terms of points on the board, and it wasn't until Dan James and Connor Roberts came on, that Leeds looked like getting something from the game. Their shot on target came on 67 minutes. The Welsh duo combined brilliantly, before Roberts picked out Bamford at the far post for his seventh of the season. Summerville was denied late on by the woodwork as Leeds searched in vein for the winner but it was not meant to be.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Roberts
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Captain
Firpo, Junior
Defender
Anthony
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
Piroe
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
James
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Roberts, Connor
Defender
Gray
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Gnonto
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Kamara
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Firpo
Cresswell, Charlie
Defender
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Byram, Sam
Defender
Darlow, Karl
Goalkeeper
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
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