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Chris Sutton brands Bamford a “joke” for his comments after Forest defeat


Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been slammed by the tv pundit for speaking out about the tactics after Sunday’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The Whites lost out narrowly to Steve Cooper’s newly promoted side at the City Ground, a defeat that sealed Jesse Marsch’s exit from the club. Leeds forward Patrick Bamford cut a frustrated figure in his interview after the game and his comments have caused a backlash from former Blackburn Rovers forward and television pundit Chris Sutton.

Bamford felt Sunday’s defeat was difficult because the Forest centre-backs just had him to concentrate on, he would have liked more runners in and around him to allow him to gain some space, but he sounded more frustrated in the side’s inability to break down a stubborn Forest back line.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club Sutton said, “Keep it in the confines of the dressing room if that’s the way you feel, he’s unburdening himself of any responsibility. I don’t like that.”

“He’s not daft, he knows the implications that it will have. It will be taken as a criticism of the manager and his tactics.”

“He’s a joke for bringing that into the public domain.”

Leeds now sit just above the relegation places, only avoiding the bottom three by goal difference. With two tough games against Manchester United within the space of five days coming next, the Yorkshire club could see themselves in the bottom three this weekend if results go against them.

However, the search for a new manager is well underway with the club confident there will be a new man in place by the end of the week. The latest reports suggest the club are actively searching for a replacement and all of their top targets are currently in work.

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