What Leeds United's players did after Championship play-off final defeat to Southampton

Patrick Bamford has revealed what he and the rest of the Leeds United squad did in the wake of their Championship play-off final loss to Southampton. A first half strike from Adam Armstrong at Wembley condemned the Whites to another year in the second tier of English football.

It was a heartbreaking end to a season full of more highs than lows. Many United players were left inconsolable on the hallowed turf after seeing their promotion dream dashed at the final hurdle.

Speaking to Joe Wilkinson on his My Mate’s A Footballer podcast, Bamford said: "Afterwards, I think a lot of the boys just wanted to get off the pitch as soon as possible after we had clapped the fans.

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"But I spoke to Coops (Liam Cooper) and the manager and I said we have got to stay and congratulate Southampton, they have won and it's the right thing to do and they were in agreement, they said we will stay and clap them and watch them lift the trophy and then go off.

"You can obviously lose a game but it's worse if you lose and you are a bad sport. It was hard but I think the lads went about it in the right way and obviously a lot of our players were in tears so it was a little bit of like going round and trying to console them and getting their heads back up.

"The changing room when we went was silent really but the manager spoke a little bit but he's an experienced guy and he knew that it didn't matter what he said then, no-one really wanted to hear anything.

"But the one thing we did do, which was kind of nice, it was a quite a strange atmosphere to start with but we all went back to Leeds and people’s families could come and stuff and we all went up to the rooftop bar at the hotel.

"It obviously wasn't a celebration, but it was just seeing off the season together, being all together and just showing that we were together as a group and it was nice. It was a strange atmosphere for the first couple of hours but it was nice.”

A knee injury ruled Bamford out of their play-off campaign. His last Whites outing came at Middlesbrough on April 22.

United finished third in the regular league season, three points better off than Southampton, but the Saints, a possession-based team, won all three meetings between the two sides.

“We started off really well, we had all the ball, but they had more know how and experience and defended well," said Bamford. "They put bodies on the line, and until DJ (Daniel James) hit the bar, it didn’t look like we were going to score.

“While we had the ball, they controlled the game. When it’s a final like that, it’s rare there is more than one goal because it’s quite cagey."