On a day where most people expected Leeds to dominate, once again Brentford have proved why they deserve to be in this division. From the start to the end it was a confident and dominating performance from Warburton`s team. This Brentford win puts new Leeds manager Darko Milanic under pressure. The first 10 minutes looked edgy from Brentford but after that they really came into their own and controlled the game. Throughout the 90 minutes Brentford had a total of 24 shots and as usual our great shooting ability has been denied by great goalkeeping . Both Pritchard and Jota had early shots but were prevented a goal by some good keeping . From the 19th minute to the 23rd minute Brentford had 4 corners and this shows our dominance over what looked like a weak and out of sorts Leeds outfit. In the 29th minute the Griffin Park faithful thought they were going to see the Bees` first goal for 2 matches after Gray was brought over in the area; but as James Tarkowski stepped up even I felt like it could go wrong? And it did. His right footed shot was blasted over the bar and into the jeering away stand; once again another chance missed. Despited feeling down, both the crowd and players kept up the energy and the Bees continued to create some really good chances. Half time was nearing and some of the fans had already snuck off for half time refreshments but just before the whistle was blown, Jota`s left footed shot from the centre of the box went straight into the top of the goal. Assist came from Jonathan Douglas on his 150th appearance for the Bees. The Griffin Park faithful returned for the second half eager to see some more goals. The Bees started brightly and resumed their dominance of a feeble Leeds team. Brentford continued to press highly up the pitch and were having some threatening shots at goal. The attacking foursome of Gray, Odubajo, Pritchard and Judge were brilliant all day and deserved a goal each. In the 66th minute the fans at Griffin Park thought it was another goal as Moses Odubajo, a fans favourite, jumped up and powered the ball towards goal with his head but was denied by another good save. In the 74th minute Warbs made a double substitution bringing Tebar and Proschwitz on for Pritchard and Jota who were both applauded greatly by everyone. Some people call it the skittish seventies and it certainly was as many ‘ooohs` and ‘ahhs` echoed around Griffin Park as the Bees came so close to scoring and eventually in the 77th minute that goal came. Alan McCormack charging up from his right back position after a quick free-kick by Douglas, and slammed the ball into the back of the net. For the remaining 13 minutes Brentford looked comfortable and calm on the ball and finished the match well. A great performance and excellent 3 points.
David Button 7.5
Didn`t have much to do throughout the match as he was protected well by the defence, but commanded the area well and made one great second half save.
Jake Bidwell 7.5
Threatened the Leeds defence down the left flank, putting in several good balls down the left, but once again was not threatened in defence by a lacklustre Leeds team.
Tony Craig 6.5
Didn`t see much of him in a game where Leeds hardly threatened.
James Tarkowski 7
Despite an awful penalty miss in the first half, Tarkowski coped well with the Leeds attack, not allowing anything to get in behind him, showing a much improved performance from the last few games.
Alan McCormack 8
Took his goal very well, and was force coming forward, was not significantly tested at the back though.
Jonathan Douglas 8.5
Shielded the defence well, nipping any potential Leeds chance in the bud, whilst supporting the attack, and proving to be a creative force with both assists.
Our MOTM. Got on the ball lots in the first half, providing a lot of attacking threat, and took his goal well to relieve pressure on the team going into half time.
Alan Judge 7
Was outshone by Douglas in the centre of midfield, but did his job well without shining, and almost scored with a good free-kick in the first half.
Moses Odubajo 7
Despite a sense of excitement around the stadium everytime he got on the ball, was quiet in the early exchanges and should`ve scored after Judge`s free-kick was pushed out, only to be well denied by Silvestri, the Leeds keeper.
Alex Pritchard 6.5
A quiet performance by the young man, showing patches of his talent, and linking well with Douglas and Jota especially, but no real surprise when he was substituted in the second half.
Andre Gray 7.5
Held up the ball well, and threatened the Leeds defence several times, won the penalty in the first half, and deserved a goal for his efforts.
Nick Proschwitz 6.5
Revitalised a tiring attack in the last 15 minutes of the game, adding pressure onto a weak Leeds defence.
Marcos Tebar 6
Didn`t do much after coming on and was outshone by some other outstanding performances.
Was solid in midfield, but didn`t have much time to impact proceedings.
Brentford once again pressed high up the pitch in defence and continued to use the style adopted by Mark Warbuton this season and this worked to good effect as the usually attacking Leeds who have previously got at teams with pace and power were penned back in their own half and found it hard to retain the ball.
Brentford were able to control the game with some stylish passing and push up their full backs who are always influential and this was proven when McCormack made a trademark run and finished via a deflection. Bidwell was also a real handful for the Leeds defence. Often Leeds had the majority of their players in their own half and therefore were not allowed to create many chances by Brentford as they resorted to playing on the counter attack. One problem playing this system was that sometimes a mistake by someone in a crucial position could have proved fatal but that is the price you pay for attacking football. In some ways, what Brentford did to Leeds was tactically very similar to what Middlesbrough did to the Bees last Saturday in their 4-0 defeat.
The stats were equally damning towards Leeds as Brentford had 24 shots and ten attempts on goal compared to Leeds` miserly three. Eventually the pressure told after mounting throughout the first half with Brentford receiving eight corners in total leading to an abundance of chances.
Overall this was one of Brentford`s best performances of the season, (although it was equally bad for Leeds) and Warbs agreed, however he said that ‘My only criticism is that we didn`t pick them off more.` and when Brentford come up against better opposition, this could prove the difference between 3 points and none.
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