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  1. All the action from Leeds United v Brentford
  2. Kyle Bartley with the goal after meeting Stuart Dallas' cross
  3. At Elland Road, the Whites have lost only one of their last nine in the league

Live Reporting

By Katie Whyatt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Thanks for joining us on the live blog today. A gritty display was needed to see Leeds through that but they got there in the end, and now sit in fifth. 

    We'll be back on Boxing Day when Leeds go to Preston. 

    Garry Monk
  2. ANDY RITCHIE on the Championship

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    I wouldn't say it was lucky - it was a well-worked, hard-fought three points. Towards the end, it did look like there was only going to be one winner and there was in the end. You create your own luck with persistence. 

    I think the Championship is such a hard division because the teams are always so well-matched. It's the hardest division to stay in and the hardest one to get out of. 

  3. STUART DALLAS: I was disappointed in my own peformance

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Stuart Dallas

    "The noise when that goal went in nearly lifted the roof off. The scenes at the end were scenes of relief. A lot of people probably expected us to win comfortably but we knew it was going to be hard and that we had to earn the right to play. We showed a winning mentality to never give up.

    "I think the game was crying out for something to happen to fire the game up, and I think sometimes you do just have to grind through it and we showed that belief today. You have to keep believing you'll win and we settle for nothing less than three points, especially at home. You have to be clinical.

    "I said to Kyle that I don't know how he's managed to keep the header down. He's a big lad and you'll know he's going to win it if you put the ball in there - same when he's defending. He's a good fella to have around and his experience helps with the younger lads. 

    "I've had an assist today but I was disappointed in how I played. I am my own biggest critic and today wasn't my best game. It's not about any individual, though. It's a great feeling whenever you win a game and we knew we had to follow Brighton up with back-to-back wins. We've shown we're a hard team to beat and I'm sure teams don't look forward to coming here."

  4. ANDY RITCHIE on Sacko

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Andy Ritchie

    I think managers need to be as patient as they can be with players like Sacko, but not too patient - you have to smack him round the head a few times as well! He would be frustrating to play with but he has a tremendous amount of talent, and it's about coaching that out of him. 

    You'd both love and hate to manage him. You have to make him into a player who can terrorise other teams on a regular basis, and not all flair players can do that all the time. 

    He's quick and wants to take players on, and sometimes I think he wants to beat players more than he has to. He has to work on his game and deliveries nearing the area. He can beat people with ease but he needs to have the presence of mind to pick people out, too. 

    That comes with working with him - maybe they finish training for the day but they rope him in for some extra practice. All young players need that extra bit of coaching but they must want to do it, as well.

  5. 'Brentford entered a cauldron of noise'

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    You're beginning to expect Leeds to win and they're playing at home with no fear. I remember us talking about what Brentford would do at the beginning of the show and Andy said that Brentford should be worrying about Leeds - he was spot on. Brentford came into a cauldron of noise that inspires fear into teams. Leeds are some force to be reckoned with here - seven wins in their last nine games at Elland Road. 

  6. GARRY MONK on injury news

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Garry Monk

    "Charlie Taylor has a sore Achilles. He took a knock and said it felt sore at half time. He carried on to see how it was but he's at the best when he can use his athleticism. We made the change to not risk him.

    "[On whether Leeds missed Chris Wood] It's not about missing players, about one person - we've had to adapt a number of times already this season and the group is committed to each other. We try and stick together and fight for anything we're facing. That endeavour paid off today.

    "The players have earned a recovery period but we'll come back ready to work. Hernandez started training two weeks ago so another week will do him good, and we're hoping Chris Wood will be back for Boxing Day."

  7. GARRY MONK's post-match reaction

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Garry Monk

    "We huffed and puffed a lot today. I think we looked a little tired overall, which is understandable, but we talked about upping the pace of our game at half time and having more tenacity. 

    "I think we upped it second half. We looked very comfortable defensively, which is always pleasing. We talked about belief and how you have 60, 90 minutes to go out and win a game - you fight for every one of those minutes. It's always about the next chance. 

    "That belief is part of the make-up we put into our talks and meetings - a mentality of strength, a belief in what you're doing and a trust in yourself. We looked tired today and had a few chances we could have done better with, but Brentford were dogged and didn't make it easy for us. We got our reward and three points. 

    "Winners win, that's what I tell the team. We're here to try and win every game and even if you can't do that, that should be the mindset. Especially when the games are tight like this, you might only need one chance and we have to make sure it's us taking it."

  8. Players can handle the crowd

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Katherine Hannah

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Adam Pope and me have talked a lot in the past about having players who can't cope with the expectation of the Elland Road crowd and stadium. We always talk about that old adage of win your home games and draw your aways, but what's vital here is that you have a lot of young players who are coping with the pressure and expectation of playing for Leeds. They have the composure and intelligence to try and create something, and it gives you some really nice moments. 

  9. ANDY RITCHIE: Leeds did the ugly stuff well

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Brentford are no mugs - they're a good side who can cause problems home and away. They were solid at the back and gave very little away. They reduced Leeds to mainly half-chances and their keeper didn't have to make many saves. It was a battling performance from Leeds and you have to do the dirty things well also. 

  10. Dallas' quality key

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    There was a good spirit in the year Leeds went up from League One but this is something else. Everyone's smiling. The ideas were there for Leeds today even if the execution wasn't, but they have players who can produce moments of sheer quality to win games - that's what Dallas did. 

  11. ANDY RITCHIE: This could be a defining moment for Leeds

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    You do need an inner belief - that takes you 3/4 of the way there, and you go out expecting to win. Garry Monk has changed the culture here and these players don't give up. Over the years, you did feel sometimes that you saw players who gave up the ghost sometimes. These never do.   

    Monk has seen how important the crowd are and has harnessed that. He has got the team into a system they love, in which they know what they're doing. He's got their confidence up and results like this - maybe even more so than the Reading one - will do more for morale when they enter that dressing room. I bet it meant more to them today than it did on Tuesday night. 

    This could be a defining moment, giving Leeds that extra bit of momentum over the Christmas period. 

  12. ANDY RITCHIE: Leeds spirit admirable

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Leeds showed you everything in that game. They pressed, they harried – it showed they had a bit of zealousness behind them, a bit of steel, in doing what they had to do. The team seemed to have a really good team spirit and the signs are all there in how they celebrate together. That’s what you have to do and you need to know you can depend on each other, that no one will let you down. That looks to be driving through the team and that’s what brings you results.

  13. ANDY RITCHIE: Jansson been vital

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    You're not waxing lyrical about the football that was played, but they managed to do it and it sets them up for a great Christmas period. It was ugly at times but an important win. 

    Bartley and Jansson did so well today. Jansson has been a revelation for Leeds this season. You can tell he loves it here - you see it in his reactions to things, his rapport with the crowd. At the end, he showed a real cool head at the back to pull inside and dummy his Brentford player. The Brentford player flew off the pitch like he'd been shot by a canon from the side. He'd totally committed to that challenge but Jansson had the better of him. 

  14. ANDY RITCHIE: A crucial win

    Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    You can see how much it means to the players - Jansson made a 40 yard run to jump on Kyle Bartley. It was a deft touch of a header to get the ball under the bar and get that win. Brentford put in a good show today and were resilient, were taking all the plaudits - their fans will be disappointed but Leeds edged it over the 90 minutes. It wasn't pretty and Leeds didn't dominate every bit. They were better in the second half and got a crucial win. 


    Stay with us for all the analysis. 

  16. Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    Berardi battles away and Brentford have a throw. Harlee Dean is there and Jansson dummies Kaikai before clearing. Guy's got nerve... 

  17. Leeds 1-0 Brentford

    The corner bends right into the near post and Jansson heads it away. Bjelland got in front of Jansson and Jansson only beat him by a whisker. Jansson delivers his standard war cry to the fans but the job isn't done - Green watches the ball loop over the goal and knows it will land on top of the net.