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Brentford 1-1 Leeds United: Goalkeeping errors see promotion rivals share spoils

Said Benrahma scores Brentford's opener
Said Benrahma's goal against Leeds was his ninth goal of the season

Faltering promotion hopefuls Leeds United recovered from a goalkeeping blunder to earn a point at Brentford that keeps them second in the Championship.

A disastrous mistake from Kiko Casilla, letting a routine pass back from captain Liam Cooper roll under his foot, allowed Said Benrahma to open the scoring with a tap-in for the Londoners.

Another goalkeeping error allowed Cooper to stab home an equaliser, the ball falling at the defender's feet after David Raya failed to deal with a corner.

Helder Costa wasted Leeds' best chance to win it after the break, firing weakly into the grasp of Raya after getting onto a deflected cross from Mateusz Klich, meaning the visitors had to settle for a draw that keeps them in the automatic promotion spots.

Leeds started the night level on points with Fulham and ahead in the table on goal difference alone, and the draw at Griffin Park means Fulham will move above the Whites on Wednesday if they beat Millwall at The Den.

The point in west London was just the 10th Marcelo Bielsa's side have collected from a possible 33, a wrenched run that meant Brentford could have moved above them and into second themselves with victory.

Thomas Frank's Bees had been 16 points and eight places adrift of the Yorkshire club when they returned to the top of the table after recording a seventh successive league win on 10 December.

A share of the spoils now leaves Brentford two points and two places adrift of Leeds after they moved above Nottingham Forest, who were upstaged at home by Charlton.

Leeds had conceded first in eight of their past nine matches and were gifted an early opportunity to rectify that run when Jack Harrison dispossessed defender Henrik Dalsgaard just outside the box and, while he was able to skip past two challenges to create time and space to shoot, his tame effort was easily collected by Raya.

The handout from Casilla, however, was taken in emphatic fashion by Benrahma - the Algerian pouncing on the error to drill home his ninth goal of the season into an empty net.

Leeds went on to heap pressure on the team with the Championship's best defensive record in response, Pablo Hernandez testing Raya with a volley before an in-swinging corner from Harrison on the right beat the Spanish keeper and teed Cooper up for his first goal since October 2018.

Just as Leeds had done against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Leeds dominated possession - this time controlling 67% compared to 70% against the Reds - and played with plenty of endeavour but lacked a clinical finisher.

Costa's effort when he found himself free on the edge of the area was their most glaring missed chance, but the Bees did well to limit Leeds in a game that keeps both sides' Premier League aspirations intact.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"It was a fair result, a very even game with very few chances, unbelievably intense, in terms of the duels, the high pressure at both ends.

"I should have done the substitutions 10 minutes earlier, but it's always easier to think about that afterwards. I'm a big believer in the two new signings from Oxford [Shandon Baptiste and Tariq Fosu] but it was such an intense game and different to other Championship games. Not that they're not intense, but it's about the style of play from Leeds.

"I think we went toe-to-toe. It was an even game, I'd have liked us to have more of the ball and be better on the ball, but we weren't today."

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"Kiko [Casilla] doesn't need a word [from Bielsa after the error], I always support him with his decisions.

"We defended well, it was difficult to attack for us, even though we attacked all the match.

"The players left everything on the pitch, we controlled their attackers well, and used the ball well this is not easy against a team like Brentford.

"Kalvin Phillips was a player who was impacting on the team, Mateusz Klich played well, Pablo Hernandez managed the ball, the centre-backs secured very well, and the left side controlled the game very well."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 89'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forMarcondesat 63'minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forBaptisteat 89'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 26Baptiste
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
  • 35Rasmussen

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Hernández
  • 43Klich
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forAugustinat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 28Berardi
  • 29Augustin
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
12,294

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Leeds United 1.

Foul by Jean-Kévin Augustin (Leeds United).

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Mathias Jensen.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Shandon Baptiste replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Hand ball by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jean-Kévin Augustin replaces Patrick Bamford.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mathias Jensen (Brentford).

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Josh Dasilva because of an injury.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.

Offside, Leeds United. Liam Cooper tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Mathias Jensen (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom311611455332259
2Leeds32168847301756
3Fulham31167846321455
4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston3114894536950
7Bristol City3114894543250
8Blackburn32138114638847
9Swansea32121193737047
10Cardiff31111374343046
11Millwall31111283837145
12Sheff Wed31128114134744
13Derby311110103841-343
14Birmingham32127134148-743
15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading31109123735239
17QPR32116154756-939
18Middlesbrough32813113442-837
19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3198143748-1135
21Stoke31104173947-834
22Wigan3279163148-1730
23Barnsley32510173758-2125
24Luton3173213766-2924
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