Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford would have been “angry and disappointed” to have been brought off against Manchester City, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, empathised with the 27-year-old having experienced many a situation similar in his career.
A red card for Whites captain Liam Cooper resulted in Bamford being replaced by Pascal Stuijk on the stroke of half-time.
The decision ultimately paid off with Marcelo Bielsa’s side beating City 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Stuart Dallas.
Bamford has been on of Leeds’ standout performers this season, with 14 and eight assists to his name in 31 league appearances.
When asked by Football Insider how the centre-forward may have felt after being withdrawn, Phillips said: “It would have been frustrating for Bamford.
“I know the feeling because it happened to me. Whenever a man got sent off when I was playing, I was the one who was sacrificed. Sadly, you just knew what was going to happen.
“He will have been angry and disappointed but it is no surprise he got taken off, especially away from home.
“Bielsa could have taken off a wide player but they can tuck in and make you hard to break down. Almost like defending with a five and a four.
“The wide men have a lot of energy and the hope is, when you get possession, that they can carry the ball forward and give an outlet.”