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Leeds 2-2 Brentford: Patrick Bamford levels in four-goal thriller

By Harry De CosemoBBC Sport
Patrick Bamford Leeds
Bamford scored his first goal of the season for Leeds

Patrick Bamford returned from injury to score a stoppage-time leveller off the bench for Leeds against Brentford at Elland Road.

Tyler Roberts put the hosts in front at half-time but two goals either side of the hour from Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos almost secured a second win in three league games for the Bees.

Despite Bamford's return Leeds' injury issues continued, with captain Liam Cooper hobbling off after 15 minutes to be replaced by Jack Harrison and Kalvin Phillips withdrawn in the second half.

Just shy of the half-hour mark, Roberts, on his 100th appearance for Leeds, opened the scoring.

Leeds United 2-2 Brentford: We dominated for 60 minutes out of 90 - Marcelo Bielsa

The Wales forward stayed onside to steer home Raphinha's second cross in quick succession, after the Brazilian's initial effort was cleared by Pontus Jansson.

Luke Ayling, returning to the side after more than two months out, almost doubled the hosts' lead moments after the restart, heading Raphinha's free-kick towards the top corner only for Alvaro Fernandez to deny him with an acrobatic save.

Brentford levelled through Baptiste on 54 minutes, the midfielder reacting quickest after Canos' cross was deflected and placing a finish past Illan Meslier from the edge of the area.

The momentum changed and seven minutes later the turnaround was complete. Moments after missing a great opportunity Canos fired the Bees ahead, combining with Bryan Mbeumo before lashing home.

Bamford struck deep into added time, scrambling home a corner from close range to save Leeds' blushes. The 28-year-old said he believed his chance would come right until the very end.

"I felt rusty as hell, but it was nice to be out there," he said. "I always felt when I came on that I was going to get one chance. It didn't come for ages and ages and then [Adam] Forshaw said I was going to get one chance and so it happened."

Leeds' blushes saved despite second-half collapse

As well as both Cooper and Phillips to injury, Leeds lost their composure in a difficult second-half spell that almost proved costly.

At the break it looked like there would only be one winner, with Brentford having lost striker Ivan Toney to a positive Covid-19 test prior to kick-off and lacking presence without him.

I can't praise Brentford players enough - Frank

But after Ayling's header something stirred inside Thomas Frank's men. They levelled and then took the lead in a flash but squandered other chances in the interim. Leeds didn't know what had hit them.

Raphinha's impact dwindled as Bamford was summoned, and after a late victory over Crystal Palace in midweek there was another twist when the England forward popped up at the death after 11 weeks out.

Marcelo Bielsa lauded Bamford but he was left frustrated that Leeds hadn't managed to win after such a positive start.

"Bamford scored a goalscorer's goal and his opportunism stood out. You can't teach that," he said. "We deserved a point, perhaps we should have won, given the amount of time we dominated the play and in terms of how much danger we caused compared to the opponent."

Meanwhile, Brentford boss Thomas Frank believed his side deserved more out of the game.

"I guess it is the round of cruel moments for different teams: Liverpool's late winner, Brighton's late equaliser and now Leeds' late equaliser. We know it can happen in football but I can't praise the players enough. They gave everything," he said.

"They had two chances in the game and scored two goals. There are positives to take from this game; we have big ambitions but we can't run away. When you have injuries like we did today, three key players out, and do how we did, it is fantastic."

Player of the match

BamfordPatrick Bamford

with an average of 7.58

Leeds United

  1. Squad number9Player nameBamford
    Average rating

    7.58

  2. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha
    Average rating

    7.38

  3. Squad number23Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    7.08

  4. Squad number11Player nameRoberts
    Average rating

    7.08

  5. Squad number20Player nameJames
    Average rating

    6.85

  6. Squad number15Player nameDallas
    Average rating

    6.77

  7. Squad number2Player nameAyling
    Average rating

    6.76

  8. Squad number4Player nameForshaw
    Average rating

    6.73

  9. Squad number1Player nameMeslier
    Average rating

    6.70

  10. Squad number14Player nameLlorente
    Average rating

    6.65

  11. Squad number3Player nameFirpo
    Average rating

    6.31

  12. Squad number6Player nameCooper
    Average rating

    6.09

  13. Squad number22Player nameHarrison
    Average rating

    6.07

  14. Squad number43Player nameKlich
    Average rating

    5.84

Brentford

  1. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka
    Average rating

    5.95

  2. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste
    Average rating

    5.86

  3. Squad number11Player nameWissa
    Average rating

    5.85

  4. Squad number7Player nameCanós
    Average rating

    5.83

  5. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
    Average rating

    5.75

  6. Squad number3Player nameHenry
    Average rating

    5.67

  7. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    5.67

  8. Squad number8Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    5.60

  9. Squad number5Player namePinnock
    Average rating

    5.57

  10. Squad number18Player nameJansson
    Average rating

    5.52

  11. Squad number4Player nameGoode
    Average rating

    5.47

  12. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    5.44

  13. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev
    Average rating

    5.40

  14. Squad number40Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    5.40

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Llorente
  • 6CooperSubstituted forHarrisonat 15'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forKlichat 55'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 3FirpoSubstituted forBamfordat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10RaphinhaBooked at 85mins
  • 11RobertsBooked at 29mins
  • 20James

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 13Klaesson
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 22Harrison
  • 35Cresswell
  • 38Summerville
  • 43Klich
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 4GoodeBooked at 45mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 30Roerslev
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 69'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forJensenat 90'minutes
  • 3HenryBooked at 80mins
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 7CanósBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWissaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 8Jensen
  • 9Forss
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox
  • 43Young-Coombes
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
35,639

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Brentford 2.

  3. Booking

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 2, Brentford 2. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Álvaro Fernández.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Mads Roerslev (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mads Roerslev (Brentford).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mathias Jensen replaces Vitaly Janelt.

  12. Post update

    Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Frank Onyeka (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raphinha (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Diego Llorente.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Booking

    Raphinha (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Raphinha (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

    Yoane Wissa (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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