Patrick Bamford: It was good for us to get some minutes

Striker shares thoughts after scoring three.

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Patrick Bamford spoke to LUTV after Leeds United Under-21s beat Southampton at Elland Road on Friday evening.

The forward played the majority of the match and scored an excellent hat-trick as Michael Skubala’s side ran out 6-2 winners against their previously unbeaten opposition.

With the last two first team matches being called off for the Whites, Bamford was pleased to get some minutes under his belt along with some of his senior teammates.

He said: “It was good for us to get some minutes, as we’ve obviously missed a few games.

“The main thing was that we wanted to win the game and help the Under-21s as much as we can, and yeah, we managed to do that so it was a good night.

“It’s my job to score goals so I try to do it every game! It’s always nice to come off the pitch with three.

“I feel good - it’s just about getting the minutes and the consistency of game after game to get into the swing of things and get your body used to it again.”

With a blend of younger players also out on the pitch, Patrick was keen to help others during the match - whilst also benefitting from some superb chances created from the likes of Crysencio Summerville and others.

Commenting on his younger teammates, Bamford stated: “Cry’s [Crysencio Summerville] a really good player and we see that in training all the time.

“I think the next step for him is showing that in the first team when he gets on.

“Then obviously you’ve got young players like Darko Gyabi and Willy Gnonto who is new, and did really well, then Sonny as well who is a good player and scored a great finish.

“The future looks promising, but then there is also the learning side of it as well because there is no way we should have conceded two at the end.

“So I think there is a learning curve and they’d have taken a lot away from the game.”

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