Late Bamford header hands Leeds victory in Yorkshire Derby


Patrick Bamford nodded in a late winner to give Leeds a 1-0 win over local rivals Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Premier League’s first Yorkshire Derby was dominated by defensive stubbornness and neither side looked set to find a breakthrough.

But a superb cross from Jack Harrison just three minutes from time was met by Bamford who nodded the ball beyond Aaron Ramsdale to give his side three points and their first away win since their return.

Bamford became the first Leeds player in 52 years to score in three straight top flight matches and make it two straight wins since their opening day defeat to Liverpool.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were saved by goalkeeper Illan Meslier in the first half as he pulled off an early save of the season contender to deny John Lundstram. 

Patrick Bamford nodded in a late Leeds winner in the Yorkshire Derby

Lundstram looked certain to score as he arrived to meet a cross at the back post only for the outstretched Meslier to parry his effort away.

But Leeds grew into the game and ended the first half on the ascendency with no side able to break the deadlock.

The visitors started brightly in the second half with Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford both forcing smart stops from Ramsdale before the hour mark.

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier put in a fine display for his side

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Substitute Ian Poveda saw a long-range effort saved by Ramsdale on his Premier League debut with 10 minutes left.

Sheffield United who came inches away from a winner as a corner was met by Jack Robinson’s foot and slid inches wide of the back post. 

But Bamford then popped up with a winner to condemn the Blades to their third defeat in their opening three games after a miserable start to their campaign. 

Marcelo Bielsa got the better of Chris Wilder

Sheffield United will now face a nightmare run of fixtures, starting with a trip to Arsenal next Sunday.

A huge game against newly-promoted Fulham follows on October 17 before a trip to Liverpool and the visit of Manchester City before the end of the month and a trip to Chelsea to begin their November fixtures.

Leeds host Manchester City next weekend looking to build on a solid start to their top flight return.


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