Re­turn­ing Bam­ford fires Leeds to vic­tory

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

PA­TRICK BAM­FORD marked his re­turn from in­jury by fir­ing Leeds 1-0 vic­tory at strug­gling Bolton.

The 25-year-old striker struck his first league goal for Marcelo Bielsa’s side five min­utes af­ter com­ing on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute.

Bam­ford, a £7 mil­lion re­cruit from Mid­dles­brough, had not fea­tured for the El­land Road out­fit since Au­gust 31 due to a knee in­jury and his 66th-minute win­ner tem­po­rar­ily lifted Leeds to a above Nor­wich and to the top of the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship. Trou­bled Bolton re­main in the bot­tom three.

De­feat ended an­other con­tro­ver­sial week for the Trot­ters, whose play­ers fi­nally re­ceived their de­layed Novem­ber wages and chair­man Ken An­der­son banned the lo­cal pa­per’s Wan­der­ers cor­re­spon­dent, cit­ing “neg­a­tive” re­port­ing. Man­ager Phil Parkin­son also con­tin­ues to be linked with the va­cancy at for­mer club Read­ing.

Ge­orge Sav­ille equalised for Boro five min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter Pawel Ws­zolek had given the hosts an early lead.

But on-loan Burn­ley striker Wells hit back for Rangers to se­cure their first win in five matches and give boss Steve Mc­Claren a vic­tory to savour against his for­mer club. pun­ished Joe Rodon for a er­ror af­ter 63 min­utes.

But Celina played a key role as two goals in a minute from the sub­sti­tute and Wayne Rout­ledge turned the match in Swansea’s favour to pile more pres­sure on Wed­nes­day man­ager Jos Luhukay. de­fen­sive

Mill­wall were much-im­proved in the sec­ond half and scored through Jake Cooper and Lee Gre­gory.

But Neil Har­ris’ Lions slipped into the rel­e­ga­tion zone and have not won in their last seven games. the sec­ond half and Benik Afobe hit the other from the penalty spot 13 min­utes from time for the Pot­ters. It was Kod­jia who saved Villa to ex­tend their un­beaten run to seven games.

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