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Leeds United 1-1 Brentford: Pontus Jansson earns point for hosts

Pontus Jansson scores for Leeds
Pontus Jansson scored Leeds' equaliser to prevent a second successive home league defeat

Pontus Jansson headed an 88th-minute equaliser to earn Leeds United a point against Brentford at Elland Road.

Leeds responded well after falling behind to Neal Maupay's second-half penalty and eventually got their equaliser when the Swedish defender nodded in Ezgjan Alioski's left-wing free-kick.

The hosts had been unhappy with the decision to award a spot-kick for Bailey Peacock-Farrell's foul on Ollie Watkins, as the Brentford striker appeared to already be heading to the ground before the Leeds goalkeeper made contact.

Maupay converted from 12 yards for his 10th league goal of the campaign - making him the first player to reach that milestone in England's top four tiers this season.

Leeds had defender Luke Ayling sent off late in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.

The hosts remained top of the league at the final whistle, but Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion overtook them with wins later on Saturday.

Dean Smith, strongly linked with Aston Villa's managerial vacancy, watched his high-flying Bees side come closest to scoring in a goalless first half as Watkins' deflected effort came back off the crossbar.

Bees goalkeeper Luke Daniels pushed Kalvin Phillips' close-range attempt onto the post after half-time, while Leeds substitute Lewis Baker sent a free-kick and a header just wide during his late cameo.

Despite Jansson's late intervention, Marcelo Bielsa's team have now won only two of their past seven league matches.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"It was a fair result. We could have lost the game, or won the game. But it wouldn't be fair we say that we were close to winning the game.

"When we have the possibility to look at the video and make your own opinion, my opinion on the penalty is useless, it's not important. We can't conceive football thinking the referee will not make a mistake.

"If Pontus [Jansson] is playing his best football, it's not because I'm the head coach. But we can say for sure he's playing at a high level."

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

"We've come to the cauldron that is Elland Road and the first thing anyone says to me is commiserations, because we've come away with one point but probably deserved all three.

"I thought we were excellent today. We were on the front foot, forced them into mistakes, and I didn't think we made the most of our opportunities and chances.

"I'm disappointed we gave a cheap free-kick away and didn't defend it very well and they end up getting a point."

On the Villa link:

"I have had no approach from Villa, so the question about the club it is not something I can answer.

"I can only reiterate I really enjoy my job here at Brentford, I work with some wonderful people and I go home every day with a smile on my face."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-FarrellBooked at 61mins
  • 2AylingBooked at 90mins
  • 18JanssonBooked at 47mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 15DallasSubstituted forClarkeat 70'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 22Harrison
  • 43KlichSubstituted forForshawat 63'minutes
  • 14SáizSubstituted forBakerat 76'minutes
  • 10Alioski
  • 11RobertsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 20Pearce
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 39Edmondson
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6MephamBooked at 66mins
  • 2OdubajoBooked at 71minsSubstituted forBarbetat 76'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 7CanosSubstituted forBenrahmaat 77'minutes
  • 8Yennaris
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forJudgeat 84'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 1Bentley
  • 4MacLeod
  • 10McEachran
  • 18Judge
  • 21Benrahma
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29Barbet
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
31,880

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Brentford 1.

Attempt saved. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Luke Ayling (Leeds United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Said Benrahma (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Brentford 1. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Said Benrahma (Brentford).

Attempt blocked. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Ollie Watkins.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pontus Jansson.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Sergi Canos.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Yoann Barbet replaces Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Baker replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Booking

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Clarke (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Clarke replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Mepham.

Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Chris Mepham (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd128132113825
2West Brom1273231171424
3Leeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottm Forest124711713419
6Brentford124622014618
7Derby125341513218
8Norwich125341515018
9Blackburn124621415-118
10Swansea12453129317
11Wigan125251416-217
12Bristol City114431512316
13Sheff Wed114431717016
14Stoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton124351015-515
17Birmingham122821312114
18QPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston122371824-69
23Ipswich121651118-79
24Hull122281019-98
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