Leeds United manager Daniel Farke's take on Cryscenio Summerville's 'Panenka' penalty and his side's controversial opener versus Rotherham United

LEEDS UNITED manager Daniel Farke expressed his relief at the sight of Crysencio Summerville’s cheeky ‘Panenka’ style penalty sailing into the back of the net – after admitting he is not a fan of that way of taking spot-kicks after his side’s 3-0 win over lowly Rotherham United.

Summerville’s brazen attempt, which put United into an unassailable advantage, put gloss on a good day for Leeds, who were dominant against the rock-bottom Millers, despite some early controversy following the hosts’ opener.

Farke, whose side visit Swansea City on Tuesday, said: "I am too old for this generation. In terms of penalties, I am a bit more old-fashioned, if I am honest.

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"I’d rather have the ball into the corner, more or less like the last home game (with a penalty) when Joel Piroe scored a goal like this. I am not a big fan of this.

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke. Picture: Getty.Leeds United boss Daniel Farke. Picture: Getty.
Leeds United boss Daniel Farke. Picture: Getty.

"Especially when you have already missed a few. But I’d rather he scored this way, than going the normal way and put the ball against the post.

"Sometimes, we seem to make it a bit too complicated in front of goal and we can score in a complicated way... I am a bit old-fashioned, but he scored today and I was pleased.”

Leeds were full value for three points as their outstanding Elland Road form continued at the expense of the Millers, as most expected before kick-off.

That said, there was controversy in the tenth minute.

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Scorer Patrick Bamford appeared to divert a deflected low cross from Junior Firpo into the net with his arm to put United 1-0 up on ten minutes.

Bamford’s celebrations, which implied he has used his arm, left a sour taste in the mouth of Millers players, with Rotherham chief Richardson showing his anger after remonstrating with the officials on the touchline.

Farke added: "If I am honest, I have not watched it back. Someone mentioned it was a possible handball and the ball was deflected by Patrick’s arm. But for me, it is not possible to judge it. If it was a handball, then it probably should not have been allowed.

"But to be really honest, over the course of a season, things get a bit equal. By the end of the season, we would definitely have deserved more. If it was a clear actual handball, then it’s 1 to 14 against us this season.

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"It was a comfortable win. In the past couple of months, other teams have not scored so many goals against Rotherham and since Christmas, their biggest loss was just a loss by two goals.

"We are quite respectful and if you can win a home game with a clean sheet and scoring three goals, then we have to be happy.

"Given the second half, it should be more like a tennis result. But I should not sound respectless (sic) and we faced a side who are still fighting to the end in order to be successful in this relegation battle. They never gave up."