Burnley 1-1 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford earns visitors a point at Turf Moor

Patrick Bamford's late leveller opened his account for the season, having scored 17 Premier League goals last term.
Patrick Bamford’s late leveller opened his account for the season, having scored 17 Premier League goals last term

Patrick Bamford capped a dream week with a late equaliser as Leeds extended Burnley’s winless home run to 12 games by pinching a point in a feisty Premier League affair at Turf Moor.

Chris Wood had looked set to earn Burnley all three points with a predatory finish against his old club, turning home Matthew Lowton’s shot from close range.

But Bamford, who earned his first England call-up this week just days after signing a new long-term contract, stabbed in Jamie Shackleton’s effort with time running out.

Burnley, who have not won at home since January’s victory over Aston Villa, were then left clinging on for a draw amid late Leeds pressure.

New Zealand striker Wood, a £15m signing from Leeds in 2017, appeared to have broken that run shortly after James Tarkowski’s header was tipped on to the bar by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

The Clarets kept the ball in the box and Wood got the slightest of touches to Lowton’s shot to divert it into the net.

However, Bamford – who almost scored an own goal in the first half when he glanced a Burnley corner on to the near post – rescued a point with four minutes remaining.

The draw leaves both sides still seeking their first league win of the season, the Clarets collecting their first point, with Leeds one point better off, having also drawn with Everton.

Bamford rewarded for persistence

Bamford has had to show plenty of patience in earning his England call with the plethora of attacking options at Gareth Southgate’s disposal and he displayed a similar degree of perseverance here.

Little went his way in the opening 85 minutes, limited to a couple of speculative efforts, although he did feed Rodrigo to set up Raphinha to steer wide Leeds’ best first-half opportunity.

But he kept plugging away and when a couple of fortunate ricochets fell his way, Bamford – much like counterpart Wood at the other end – was perfectly positioned to take advantage.

Leeds, without Covid-affected pair Mateusz Klich and Junior Firpo, dominated possession but failed to truly trouble Pope until their late rally, faced by a side whose work ethic matched even the famed demands of Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Wood continues to shoulder Burnley burden

Chris Wood scored 44 goals in 88 Leeds appearances during two seasons with the Yorkshire club between 2015-17
Chris Wood scored 44 goals in 88 Leeds appearances during two seasons with the Yorkshire club between 2015-17

Wood has been Burnley’s outright or joint leading scorer in each of the four seasons since he moved across the Pennines in 2017, reaching double figures in each campaign.

His opportunistic finish to open the scoring showed why but he will surely be buoyed by Sunday’s signing of Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, for a reported £12.85m, which will offer the Clarets a different attacking option.

Burnley have scored just 16 goals in their past 21 home league matches at Turf Moor and they will hope the arrival of the Ivory Coast forward can boost that tally.

And despite shaking off a slow start, they were unable to shake off a Leeds side fast becoming a bogey club for the Clarets, who have beaten them just once in the past 23 between the teams.

Player of the match

BamfordPatrick Bamford

Burnley

  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

  2. Squad number1Player namePope

  3. Squad number17Player nameLennon

  4. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  5. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  6. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  7. Squad number6Player nameMee

  8. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  9. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  10. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  11. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  12. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

  13. Squad number27Player nameVydra

Leeds United

  1. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  2. Squad number23Player namePhillips

  3. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha

  4. Squad number15Player nameDallas

  5. Squad number22Player nameHarrison

  6. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  7. Squad number14Player nameLlorente

  8. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

  9. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  10. Squad number6Player nameCooper

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo

  12. Squad number46Player nameShackleton

  13. Squad number11Player nameRoberts

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 45mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Westwood
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 19mins
  • 11McNeil
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVydraat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cork
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Lennon
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 22Collins
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 37Thomas

Leeds

Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 6Cooper
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forShackletonat 65′minutes
  • 21StruijkBooked at 81mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 2Ayling
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 38mins
  • 19RodrigoBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRobertsat 73′minutes
  • 9Bamford
  • 22Harrison
  • 10Raphinha

Substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Klaesson
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 35Cresswell
  • 38Summerville
  • 45McCarron
  • 46Shackleton

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