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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford goal moves Leeds top

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford has been out injured since August but scored on his first-team return

Leeds United moved above Norwich to the top of the Championship after Patrick Bamford's goal on his first appearance since August secured victory against Bolton Wanderers.

Bamford was sent on in the second half of a game low on clear-cut chances, and buried his low shot from 10 yards.

Bolton's best chance saw Jack Hobbs' header cleared off the line late on, and they remain in the relegation zone after a 12th defeat of the season.

Heavy rain had an impact on the quality throughout the game, but Leeds still extended their winning run to five games.

The win put Marcelo Bielsa's side a point clear at the top of the table, with Norwich drawing at Bristol City in the late game.

Bielsa's decision to sacrifice 10-goal top scorer Kemar Roofe for Bamford around the hour mark proved a shrewd move, as the 25-year-old marked his return with his second goal of the campaign.

It has been a difficult week for Bolton players and staff amid concerns over wage payments, which chairman and majority stakeholder Ken Anderson agreed to personally fund.

They showed their commitment to the cause against a Leeds side in impressive form, frustrating the visitors, but could do nothing about Bamford's well-taken winner.

This loss means Bolton have only picked up three points from their last 12 league games, scoring five goals and conceding 18.

Saiz future at Leeds uncertain

Leeds completed victory without Spanish forward Samuel Saiz, who was given permission to miss the game for what Bielsa described as "a personal situation".

The 27-year-old, who has one goal in 21 appearances this season, has been linked with a loan move to La Liga side Getafe in January.

"What will happen in the future is linked to the club and Samuel Saiz," Bielsa toid BBC Radio Leeds.

"He has a personal situation to solve and the club allowed him to talk.

"What I can tell you is that he has the permission of the club to be absent, and I don't know what the personal reasons are for his absence."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The lads have given everything - we've been done by a moment of quality from a £7m player.

"We've closed down, we've ran and chased, we lacked quality at times when we had possession in difficult conditions.

"The lads and staff are hurting because it's horrible when you get beaten - it kicks you in teeth, game after game at the moment, but we've just got to keep going and looking to improve."

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"It was deserved win but a hard one.

"We had the possession but we didn't create enough chances to score.

"For Patrick Bamford it's very good for his confidence - he worked very hard to gain back his core fitness and for us to have in our team two important strikers is very important."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3Taylor
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forOztumerat 80'minutes
  • 4LoweBooked at 63mins
  • 12NooneBooked at 90mins
  • 6Vela
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forWildschutat 72'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forDoidgeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 9Doidge
  • 18Wilson
  • 19O'Neil
  • 20Matthews
  • 30Wildschut

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 46Shackleton
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Phillips
  • 3DouglasBooked at 84mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forHalmeat 90+4'minutes
  • 34BakerSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 10Alioski
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forBamfordat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 11Roberts
  • 13Huffer
  • 22Harrison
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke
  • 52Halme
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
17,484

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home4
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Leeds United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Aapo Halme replaces Pablo Hernández.

Booking

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erhun Oztumer.

Foul by Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United).

Erhun Oztumer (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jamie Shackleton.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Vela with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

Booking

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Christian Doidge (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Erhun Oztumer replaces Joe Williams.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Christian Doidge replaces Josh Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Yanic Wildschut replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Pawel Olkowski.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt blocked. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Leeds United 1. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds22136336181845
2Norwich22135440261444
3West Brom22116546311539
4Sheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea229582724332
10Birmingham2271053227531
11Stoke2271052927231
12Blackburn2271052933-431
13QPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston227783537-228
16Wigan2274112330-725
17Hull2266102330-724
18Sheff Wed2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich2228121837-1914
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