Brentford produced another ‘sit up and take notice’ performance on their travels – this time completing the double over Leeds United thanks to a hard fought 1-0 win.
The Elland Road faithful were left angry and frustrated because of a referee they felt failed to favour the home team in any of the important decisions – the United fans we spoke to coming away from the stadium, and back in the pub in town (and can be heard by clicking on the podcast link below), felt their side should have been awarded at least one penalty, and that Jon Toral had handled in the build up to the Bees’ goal. There is a case for them feeling a little hard done by with the first of numerous appeals in the box… But the rest the ref got perfectly right.
Leeds did look dangerous in stages and Brentford were given a stern test, but in truth, if The Bees had converted two guilt-edged first-half chances we could have been out of sight at the break – both Andre Grey and Jota were guilty of shooting straight at the keeper when clean through on goal.
David Button was the busier of the two keepers, but we would expect that from a Leeds side roared on by a partisan home support… The travelling fans played their part in producing a cracking, good humoured atmosphere, and the friendly police and stewards allowed standing at the back of the away seating area which helped with the party mood.
The deciding goal came after 65 minutes after great build-up play saw Toumani deliver a delicious cross that found it’s way through to Alex Pritchard lurking at the far post – the impressive forward making no mistake from close range.
Jon Toral then hit the post with a shot from outside the area as the Bees hit on the break again – a second goal would certainly have helped calm the nerves in the final stages as Leeds went all out in search of an equaliser. There were some heart stopping moments as the clocked ticked into five minutes of injury time, but in the view of the celebrating fans, the win was well deserved.
We have seen once again that Mark Warburton’s side will not scare easily and a refreshingly uninterested in either tradition or the name on the badge when they walk into grounds like Elland Road… And this is not a one-off shock, the consistent high performance levels have been outstanding… As was the party on the train that headed back to Kings Cross.
Another very very proud day to be a Bee.