Leeds (UK) (AFP) – Leeds dragged into a 16-year relegation battle during the first season of the Premier League as Patrick Bamford’s early penalty was enough to beat Burnley 1-0 on Sunday. I eased the fear of getting caught.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are enjoying a 9-point cushion in the drop zone as they move up to 11th place, but they need luck because Burnley refused the equalizer due to a referee’s mistake.
Leeds’ thrilling 6-2 defeat at Manchester United last weekend cast doubt on Bielsa’s commitment to attack football, regardless of opponent.
And they needed the first clean sheet in five games to thwart the resurrected Burnley, who had boosted their own hope of surviving four games undefeated before visiting Elland Road.
The decisive moment of the game came just five minutes after Banford latched the long ball at the top and was wiped out by Nick Pope in a hurry.
Banford put the resulting penalty in the upper corner for his tenth goal of the season.
Burnley felt double-suffering when Ashley Barnes crashed into the home after Illan Meslier threw a highball into the box in the 17th minute.
French goalkeeper was given a free kick in the back of Ben Mee, and despite Meslier looking like an attacker, referee Robert Jones blew a foul before the ball hit the net, so VAR The goal could not be reviewed.
Leeds may have widened his lead before the break, but Banford accidentally blocked a goal-bound effort from Jack Harrison.
Burnley then enjoyed the second half, but Meslier was rarely stretched except for a slow drive from Burns. He turned back at a post near him.
When defeated, Sean Dyche’s men are in 16th place, just two points ahead of the bottom three.
– Soccer Sports
Leeds gets lucky and stops Burnley
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