Brentford LWD(CC lost on pens)D
Leeds make one change. Alioski for Douglas.
Brentford one change. Pinnock replaces Racic.
Substitute Eddie Nketiah came off the the bench to give Leeds the three points in a tough game that always looked like one goal would win it.
The goal was a carbon copy of the move that brought the first goal in the Carabao Cup tie at Salford, Costa once again providing the assist.
A full house greeted Leeds as they faced their ex centre half Pontus Jansson for the first time since his surprising sale in the summer. Leeds were once again first out of the ‘blocks’ dominating proceedings with some good football but once again the final ball wasn’t just perfect to make a chance.
Brentford did though threaten Leeds on the break and Canos warmed Casilla’s hands with a shot from inside the box and Mbeumo also hit the inside of the post but luckily for Leeds it bounced across the goal to safety.
For Leeds Mateusz Klich was just wide with a shot before Patrick Bamford had two chances to open the scoring, first he headed over from just outside the six yard box and then Alioski’s superb chip found the striker and his glancing header crept just passed the post with Raya in no-mans land. Very unlucky for the striker.
0-0 at the break.
Leeds followed the same pattern, plenty of possession but not clinical enough when they had the chance to hurt Brentford. Leeds should have had a penalty when a clear hand was used to stop a Klich goal bound shot but the referee waved away Leeds plea’s for one to be awarded, Stuart Dallas was booked for protesting too loudly.
As in some games previously possession counts for nothing and Brentford shot across Leeds bows with Watkins scaring the life out of fans in the South Stands.
Bielsa decided new and fresh legs were needed, Costa came on for Harrison who hadn’t had a bad game. More changes came with less than twenty minutes to go, Eddie Nketiah and Gaetano Berardi came on for Hernandez and Dallas. Within minutes Nketiah got a shot on goal but it didn’t trouble Raya in goal.
The winner came with less than ten minutes to play, Klich found Costa and the winger put on the ‘afterburners’ and burst past the tired Brentford defenders before putting ball through the legs of Jansson and Nketiah stroked the ball into the empty net for his first goal in his first appearance at Elland Road.
Eddie gets the winner.
Not a game for the memory box but a very important win that took Leeds to the top of the Championship. Stand out performances by Adam Forshaw, Ben White and Liam Cooper impressive at the back and another clean sheet for Kiko.
Lastly it’s always a pleasure to meet your heroes so to ‘press the flesh’ of old farmyard hero Jermaine Beckford was a great.
Man of the Match: Adam Forshaw
By Keith Ingham