Noel Whelan exclusive: My heart bleeds for 'Unlucky' Leeds star after 'Worst game I've seen'

Noel Whelan admits that he felt sorry for Leeds United star Patrick Bamford after watching the striker struggle against Preston North End.

The former Leeds hitman and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the team were severely lacking in creativity and that Bamford suffered as a result.

An 89th minute equaliser from Stuart Dallas ensured that the points were shared at Elland Road after Alan Browne has given Preston the lead in the first half.

Having watched Bamford toil up front for 64 minutes before being replaced by Marcelo Bielsa, Whelan admits he could not help but feel sorry for the striker.

“I felt sorry for Patrick because I think that was the worst game I’ve seen with aimless balls played up to him with no quality in the air,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“It was just hoofed down the pitch and he’s had to turn something bad into something good. Sometimes you can get deflated by that as a lone striker where you’re feeding off bad balls, you can’t deal with it. 

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“What are you supposed to do when you’re bringing it down and it’s got snow on it, bouncing all over the place?

“There’s no quality up to your chest to hold it up. I felt sorry for him because it was a difficult game for a centre forward to play in.

“He was probably a bit unlucky to be pulled off, to be honest with you.” 

Bamford has netted 10 goals in 24 Championship appearances this season, with three of those coming in the two games prior to the draw versus Preston.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has torn into a senior star who he says would be a “concern” in the Premier League.