‘Blew the roof off’ – Stoke City boss reveals the exciting moment Leeds United’s game turned in their favor as he heaps praise on…

Stoke City’s manager, Alex Neil, has pointed out that the crucial moment in Wednesday night’s game against Leeds United was when Patrick Bamford missed a penalty in the 75th minute, potentially giving Leeds a 1-0 lead. This missed opportunity swung the game in favor of the home team.

Leeds ultimately suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium, with Bamford, a second-half substitute, regretting his penalty miss. The English striker skied the ball over the crossbar, squandering a golden opportunity to put Leeds in control and on course for their fourth consecutive Championship victory.

As a result, Leeds left Staffordshire empty-handed, and their morale took a hit, as they conceded a goal from a Pascal Struijk own goal in the dying minutes of the game.

In his post-match press conference, Stoke’s manager, Neil, expressed his belief that Bamford’s missed penalty was the turning point in the match. It lifted the spirits of the home crowd and his players, motivating them to secure a second consecutive home win.

Neil stated, “I thought it was more than just a hard-fought performance. There were moments in the first half when we used the ball effectively and had several good opportunities.

Blew the roof off' - Stoke City boss reveals moment Leeds United game swung  in their favour

“When you consider the substitutions they made late in the game, it’s clear they have improved this season. We know their strength, and I thought we executed our pressing well. While we had some good moments with the ball, there were also some lapses.

“I believe the missed penalty was a break for them, and it changed the momentum of the game. The fans’ reaction to the miss really boosted our team and created a positive atmosphere,” he added.

In the Championship table, Leeds remains in third place, trailing second-placed Ipswich Town by nine points. Ipswich Town also has a game in hand. At the top of the table, Leicester City leads with 36 points from 13 games.”

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