‘Someone said Bielsa was a myth, but we showed everyone we’re here to compete’: Patrick Bamford claims Leeds silenced his doubters with victory over Aston Villa after Gabby Agbonlahor’s scathing remarks
- Patrick Bamford says Leeds proved doubters wrong after an impressive 3-0 win
- The striker scored a hat-trick when they finished the start of Aston Villa 100 percent
- He turned to former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor after questioning Bielsa
Patrick Bamford claimed that Leeds silenced their doubters after scoring his first Premier League hat-trick to end Aston Villa’s 100 percent start to the campaign.
The striker’s second half treble topped off a spectacular performance by Marcelo Bielsa’s team as they headed for third place at the table on their way to this weekend’s games.
Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor had called Leeds ‘a myth’ earlier this week after being hit by wolves at home, and Bamford immediately reminded him of his words.
Patrick Bamford claimed Leeds silenced their doubters after ending Aston Villa’s perfect start
Bamford quickly reminded former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor of pre-match comments
“Someone said Bielsa was a myth, but we showed everyone that Leeds is here to get involved,” said Bamford. “We were a bit unlucky to lose to Wolves.
‘Scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League means a lot to me – that’s what you dream of. At the beginning of my career I played here for two minutes, there for five minutes, but now I have a manager who believes in me, as long as I keep working hard. ‘
Bamford divided Leeds fans last season after missing a string of good opportunities in their promotion campaign, but he’s off to a flying start since Leeds moved up and now has six league goals.
Despite the criticism, Bielsa remains with Bamford, who is now richly paying him back. Bielsa said: “They were all really good goals, some of the best he has scored. I am very happy for him.
The forward scored his first Premier League hat-trick when the newly promoted side won 3-0
‘He is a player with many qualities and he had created many more opportunities than he takes. If he continues to improve his efficiency, he will receive more praise.
‘It was a good performance, better in the second half than in the first. We were lucky to score the first goal as they had a few chances before we did. Bielsa also explained that his decision to keep midfielder Pascal Struijk on the run after 21 minutes was because he feared his player would get a second yellow card.
Villa missed the opportunity to start the season with five consecutive wins for the first time in their history as they failed to get the draw that would have put them at the top of the table. Boss Dean Smith added: “We knew there was a chance to make history by winning our first five games and we’re disappointed, but we came up against a really good team.”
Bamford has been criticized in the past but pays back the faith Marcelo Bielsa has shown him