This was the 5th Leeds game I’ve been to this season, and I haven’t seen a win yet, it was also a chance for Leeds to win back to back home games and get 7 points from a possible 9 this week, before a run of 4 daunting fixtures before Christmas, as they face Chelsea away, Man City away, Arsenal at home and Liverpool away, against a Brentford side who have adapted to Premier League life well, so how would this go?
Leeds kicked off in 16th, Brentford in 12th
It was played at an atmospheric Elland Road
After 4 minutes, Mbeumo had a left footed shot from the right side of the box blocked.
Two minutes later after 6 minutes, there was a minutes applause for a Birmingham City fan who tragically lost his life aged just 6, also Roberts had a left footed shot from left side of the box blocked.
After 9 minutes, Canos had a left footed shot from left side of the box which was saved in top centre of the goal. A couple of minutes later, Mbeumo had a left footed shot from centre of the box which went high and wide to the left.
1st Leeds goal
After 27 minutes, Elland Road went wild as Leeds took the lead after good Leeds buildup, and Raphinha’s first cross cleared, his 2nd cross was perfect and Roberts was there to have a right footed shot from the centre of the box and steered it into the bottom right corner.
Just after the half hour, Roberts had confidence and he had another effort with a right footed shot from outside the box which was tipped over for a corner which came to nothing.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Roberts had a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left which missed to the right.
The last action was another Leeds chance in first half stoppage time as Phillips had a go with a right footed shot outisde the box but it was too high.
Halftime score: Leeds United 1-0 Brentford
It was a pretty even first half, Leeds probably deservedly ahead, could they extend the lead in the 2nd half and get a 4th win?
After 49 minutes, Ayling had a header from the centre of the box from a freekick which was saved superbly into the top left corner, then he had another header from left side of the 6 yard box which was blocked.
After 54 minutes, Brentford were level as Baptiste had a left footed shot from centre of the box which went into the bottom left corner.
Three minutes later, Canos had a right footed shot from centre of the box blocked.
On the hour mark, Canos’ header from left side of the 6 yard box was close but missed to the left.
2nd Brentford goal
Just after the hour, poor play from Leeds and good play by Brentford as Canos right footed shot from the centre of the box went into the high centre of the goal, and had the wrath of the Leeds fans and something got thrown at him.
With a quarter of a hour remaining, Dallas had a right footed shot from outside the box saved in the bottom right corner.
Two minutes later, Mbeumo had a left footed shot from outside the box blocked.
After 81 minutes, Klich’s right footed shot from centre of the box was blocked. In same minute, Roberts had a right footed shot from outside the box was saved in the centre of the goal.
Five minutes later, Mbeumo had a left footed shot outside the box blocked.
With 2 minutes left, Raphinha’s left footed shot from outside the box was high and wide to the left.
In the 5th minute of stoppage time, Ayling’s header from centre of the box missed to the left.
Late, late drama for the 2nd time this week for Leeds, they won a later corner and Meslier went up for it, it fell to the returning Bamford who with his knee from very close range guided it into the high centre of the goal, and Elland Road was bouncing.
Fulltime score: Leeds United 2-2 Brentford
An enjoyable game, Leeds fell asleep for about 20 minutes in the 2nd half, but for the 2nd time this week, they struck late. They end the week with 5 points from a possible 9.
It left Leeds in 14th place with 16 point, and they remained there after Monday night’s game as Everton lost to Arsenal.
Highlights of this game are at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMH54mAiimA
Next up for Leeds is the start of their daunting pre-Christmas fixture list as they go to the capital to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 11th December 2021 with a 3pm kickoff.