Leeds stars Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa blame missed chances on Elland Road floodlights in Luton draw

Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa blamed their missed chances on the Elland Road floodlights in their 1-1 draw with Luton on Tuesday.

The Hatters took a shock lead in the 50th minute through Harry Cornick, before Stuart Dallas equalised after the hour mark for the Championship leaders.

Costa (left) and Bamford (right) missed close-range chances against Luton

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Costa (left) and Bamford (right) missed close-range chances against Luton

Leeds had a whopping 23 efforts on goal, with Bamford and Costa spurning glorious opportunities from close range.

Both players told teammates they were blinded by the bright floodlights in the west stand.

However, the Mail say Leeds are adamant the gaffes in front of goal were ‘coincidental’ with their lights meeting EFL requirements.

Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted the glaring misses were unusual.

He said: “Honestly, I don’t know, but maybe because it was strange they couldn’t connect with either.

Leeds are set to install new 44-metre high floodlights at Elland Road for next season

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Leeds are set to install new 44-metre high floodlights at Elland Road for next season

“Everybody knows in football, scoring is less usual than missing.”

Leeds winger Jack Harrison was unaware of the floodlights being an issue for Bamford and Costa.

He said: “I can’t speak for them. It’s their perspective. There has to be a reason, but these things happen.

“We can’t put too much pressure on them to finish because I don’t know what they saw.

“We kept trying to find that second goal and we were just unfortunate.”

Bamford is Leeds’ top scorer with 14 goals, while Costa, who was bought for £15million from Wolves, has struck four times.

Leeds are six points clear of third-placed Brentford with Bielsa’s men looking set for a Premier League return.


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