Patrick Bamford has urged Aston Villa followers to maneuver on from his ‘silly dive’ in opposition to them two years in the past.
The Leeds striker went down following a conflict with Anwar El Ghazi in April 2019, which resulted in a crimson card for the Villa winger.
The melee began when Mateusz Klich performed on and scored to provide Leeds the lead, regardless of Jonathan Kodjia taking place injured on the midway line.
Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa ordered his gamers to let Villa rating an uncontested objective in a 1-1 draw at Elland Street.
Bamford’s simulation was later punished with a two-match ban for deceiving the officers – and a few Villa followers have nonetheless not forgiven him.
Forward of Villa’s journey to Leeds on Saturday, Bamford needs Villans supporters to overlook about his actions from that day.
He instructed the official Leeds United podcast: “It looks as if over the past couple of years we have now grow to be rivals with Villa, I don’t know why.
“Perhaps it’s that entire factor I did with that silly dive and we needed to give them a objective and that kicked it off.
“That was one sport although, absolutely you let go of that? I nonetheless get despatched gifs and memes of me falling on the ground from that sport and I’m like, ‘Come on, let it go, I’m so sorry’.”
Leeds will leapfrog eighth-placed Aston Villa, who’ve two video games in hand, in the event that they beat Dean Smith’s males this weekend.
Bamford, who scored a hat-trick in an emphatic 3-Zero victory at Villa Park final October, will look to make the most of a Jack Grealish-less Aston Villa because the midfielder is sidelined with a leg harm.
Villa boss Smith stated: “He’s getting higher. He received’t be prepared for tomorrow however he’s getting higher.
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“As I stated final week, there’s been an terrible lot of hypothesis the place Jack is concerned. Individuals speculated how lengthy he’s going to be out for – I’m undecided how they’ll do this once I don’t know, the physician doesn’t know and Jack doesn’t know.
“I used to be very imprecise final week as a result of it’s a little bit of an odd harm. Jack may very well be again to play in opposition to Sheffield United subsequent Tuesday or Wolves subsequent week. We’ll be led by Jack on that.”