Leeds have 18 points on the board to start off 2024 with six successive wins, putting the pressure on the top two heading into the run-in.
A 3-0 win over Rotherham United was about as routine as it gets for Daniel Farke, sweeping aside the league’s basement club.
Leeds 3-0 Rotherham: Bamford handball controversy
Seeing 1-0 on the scoreboard after 10 minutes won’t have shocked a single person in Elland Road, given the respective home and away form of the two sides this season.
The manner in which it came was peculiar though, with a trademark Junior Firpo run seeing the left-back drive a low cut-back into the box, only to be deflected off a Millers defender towards the goal, into the path of Patrick Bamford.
However, the Leeds striker could only get an outstretched elbow within striking distance of the ball, seemingly glancing it in as he ran away towards the East Stand sticking his arm out in celebration, suggesting strongly that he did in fact handball it:
Dermot Gallagher issues his verdict on Bamford
Every Monday brings the Ref Watch segment on Sky Sports, where former referee Dermot Gallagher dissects the weekend’s biggest flashpoints.
When attention turned to Elland Road, the pundit was in no doubt, sharing one word on his judgement of the Leeds opener, met with laughter from the rest of the panel:
Handball seems to be the right call, but Leeds are even on those decisions now
West Brom burgled a handball goal against us back in August having done very little to test us, and that was two points dropped at home.
Now, we’ve been fortunate to get our slice of luck on the matter with Bamford’s ‘handball’ not seen by the referee.
Every replay is inconclusive as to whether he touched it, but the fact he’s claimed the goal and pointed his elbow out in celebration says it all.