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Danny Mills has suggested Marcelo Bielsa will be having stern words with Patrick Bamford after his actions prevented Leeds United from winning a penalty against Southampton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender admitted he did not want to see players dive but Bamford must be smarter with his actions.

The striker went through one-on-one with Alex McCarthy on Tuesday night before being challenged by the Saints goalkeeper.

He stayed on his feet despite being fouled and did not manage to produce a shot at goal.

His appeals for a penalty were waved away by referee Peter Bankes.

Speaking after the game Bamford told Match of the Day the decision left him “fuming”.

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“Very rarely, if ever, do players get a penalty when they stay on their feet,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Tammy Abraham had one at Chelsea a couple of seasons ago when it was blatant, absolutely blatant, and it wasn’t given because he didn’t go down.

“If you don’t go down, referee’s are so unlikely to give them. It’s not right, but if you can’t beat them, join them.

“If you’ve been fouled and you stay on your feet, the referee will say ‘You’ve stayed on your feet, it’s not a foul.’ Well, it is. You can still get a red card just because somebody doesn’t go down.

“Referees and the laws are causing their own problems. That’s the biggest issue.

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“If I was a manager I’d be saying to my players ‘If there’s contact and you can’t get your shot away, then go down. That’s what Bielsa will be saying. It’s as simple as that.’ 

“Referees are not going to give it unless you do.”

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