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Brentford 2-0 Leeds United

Jota
Jota (centre) joined Brentford on a three-year deal in the summer

Leeds United started life under new boss Darko Milanic with a disappointing defeat at Brentford.

James Tarkowski hammered a first-half penalty over the crossbar after Jason Pearce upended Andre Gray in the area.

Then Jota gave the Bees the lead in the final minute of the first half with a smart finish after neat play.

Home keeper David Button was forced into a fine save from a Pearce header before Alan McCormack scored with a deflected effort.

Former Sturm Graz boss Milanic was appointed the club's head coach on Tuesday but his new side were second best for large stretches of the game at Griffin Park.

Darko Milanic
Milanic's first game as Leeds head coach ended in defeat

Leeds were unbeaten in four games under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn but were largely out-of-sorts against a Brentford side that had conceded seven goals in losing their last two matches.

The hosts started more brightly and Moses Odubajo should have given them the lead after Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri had parried Alan Judge's free-kick into his path.

Tarkowski missed an even better chance to give the Bees the lead when he slammed his penalty over the crossbar.

Leeds continued to struggle and former Whites midfielder Jonathan Douglas was next to go close when his header was well saved by Silvestri.

Brentford eventually went in front just before half-time, when Spaniard Jota kept his composure to finish after good play from Andre Gray, Alan Judge and Douglas.

Leeds had scored eight goals in their last four games and Pearce came close to an equaliser when his header from an Alex Mowatt free-kick forced a good save from Button.

The visitors' strong start to the second half continued with both Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci going close.

Mark Warburton's side responded well to United's spell of pressure and Gray and Odubajo could both have doubled Brentford's lead.

Brentford eventually sealed the win when McCormack went through on goal and his heavily deflected shot wrong-footed Silvestri.

The result sees the Bees move up to 11th while Leeds slip down to 13th.

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Warburton on Brentford v Leeds

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"The intensity of this league is very tough and they are getting used to it.

"We were always aware of the threat Leeds posed but after 10 minutes we took over and, very respectfully, we dominated.

"We could still have been more clinical and probably should have had more but that's something that we will continue to work on."

Leeds manager Darko Milanic:

"I want to play offensively and we played with two strikers today but it's not enough if you don't have offensive thoughts.

"That first game at Elland Road will be very important for us. With support and energy we can make it.

"But I have to know individual players in the division better and I need time."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 5Craig
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forTebarat 74'minutes
  • 23JotaSubstituted forProschwitzat 74'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 10Odubajo
  • 8Douglas
  • 19GraySubstituted forDiagouragaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dean
  • 14Tebar
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Alves Coelho
  • 39Proschwitz

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 3Warnock
  • 6PearceBooked at 28mins
  • 5Bellusci
  • 2Byram
  • 27MowattSubstituted forSlothat 67'minutes
  • 23L CookSubstituted forTongeat 80'minutes
  • 14BianchiSubstituted forMurphyat 85'minutes
  • 4Austin
  • 34Antenucci
  • 29Doukara

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 13Taylor
  • 15Wootton
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Morison
  • 32Cooper
  • 33Sloth
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
10,886

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home24
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Leeds United 0.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Casper Sloth (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Tommaso Bianchi.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces Andre Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Lewis Cook.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Leeds United 0. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas following a set piece situation.

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Marcos Tébar (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Tébar.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcos Tébar replaces Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nick Proschwitz replaces Jota.

Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas.

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Casper Sloth replaces Alex Mowatt.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Tarkowski with a headed pass.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Attempt blocked. Sam Byram (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan McCormack.

Attempt blocked. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giuseppe Bellusci.

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich96212081220
2Nottm Forest95401771019
3Watford95221710717
4Ipswich9522137617
5Wolves852183517
6Derby94411710716
7Middlesbrough9513137616
8Charlton9360129315
9Sheff Wed943296315
10Blackburn94231616014
11Brentford94231113-214
12Reading84131111013
13Leeds94141012-213
14Bournemouth93331411312
15Cardiff93331212012
16Millwall9324910-111
17Brighton9234810-29
18Wigan92251012-28
19Rotherham9225612-68
20Huddersfield9225919-108
21Birmingham9144816-87
22Bolton9126715-85
23Fulham9117820-124
24Blackpool9027413-92
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