Leeds striker Patrick Bamford labels Sheffield United fans daft

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:

Leeds United were knocked out of the Championship automatic-promotion spots after a defeat.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:

Patrick Bamford has told BBC Radio Leeds that he thought that the Sheffield United fans were a little daft after their side's victory over Leeds for acting as though they are already promoted out of the Championship.

The Blades moved above the Whites and into the automatic-promotion spots in the table as a second-half goal from Chris Basham was all that separated the two teams at Elland Road on Saturday.

 

Unsurprisingly, the result prompted plenty of celebration from the visitors at the full-time whistle, while Leeds' players and fans were left to wonder what could have been after dominating much of the game.

It does feel like Chris Wilder's side have struck a major psychological blow in the promotion race. But Bamford suggested that their rivals had got a little carried away given how much football is still to be played before the campaign concludes.

Leeds United players decide who will go in goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road on March 16, 2019 in Leeds, England.

"It was funny what they were singing, telling us we were bad. I know we lost but I think they've been a little bit daft there," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Hearing them and hearing the Sheffield boys, it was as if they think they're already up. Eight games to go, that's a lot of points to play for so nothing's written in stone yet."

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez and Pontus Jansson react after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road on...

It is not difficult to see why the Blades were so jubilant at full-time. They have now extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, and have not conceded a goal in their last seven, so they go into the international break with a fantastic platform to go on and seal promotion from.

But Leeds may feel that the break has come at the ideal time. As well as giving Pontus Jansson longer to recover from what looked a worrying knee injury after the break, it gives Marcelo Bielsa's men a better chance to put the defeat behind them and switch their focus to winning as many of their final eight games as possible. 

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