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Brentford 1-1 Leeds United

Dean Smith
Dean Smith has only won three of his 12 games since taking over as Brentford boss

Substitute Mustapha Carayol's late goal earned Leeds a point after an improved second-half display against Brentford.

A fine Sam Saunders strike gave the Bees a deserved interval lead, and although they failed to press home their dominance, it looked likely to secure a second consecutive league win.

But Carayol's 18-yard shot levelled the scores with six minutes remaining.

And although chances came at both ends in a frantic finale, neither team had the composure to take them.

The Bees, who had lost four in a row before Saturday's victory at Preston, will rue their inability to take their opportunities before the break.

Dean Smith's side played with confidence and quality as they controlled possession during a stylish first-half performance in the teeming rain at Griffin Park.

Josh McEachran was the game's outstanding player, dictating the pace from the centre of the pitch along with John Swift and the ever-dangerous Alan Judge.

But it was Saunders who made the difference, racing from the halfway line and using superb decoy runs from Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge to full effect before beating keeper Marco Silvestri with a powerful low strike.

Mirco Antenucci, on as an early substitute for the injured Chris Wood, almost levelled within two minutes when his long-range effort was kept out by a brilliant save by David Button.

But the Bees remained the more dangerous side with Judge twice going close to doubling the lead with decent strikes.

An uncharacteristic McEachran error almost presented the visitors with an equaliser, but Souleymane Doukara sent his shot just wide of the post.

But the away side's endeavour was rewarded when Carayol netted from the edge of the box.

Sam Saunders shoots Brentford in to the lead against Leeds at Griffin Park
Sam Saunders scored his first goal of the season to give Brentford the lead

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15Woods
  • 10McEachran
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forGogiaat 65'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forYennarisat 88'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forDjuricinat 64'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 8Djuricin
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia
  • 28Yennaris

Leeds

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 79mins
  • 6CooperBooked at 34mins
  • 21Taylor
  • 15DallasSubstituted forCarayolat 77'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 8MurphySubstituted forDiagouragaat 60'minutes
  • 26BridcuttBooked at 79mins
  • 23L Cook
  • 11Doukara
  • 9WoodSubstituted forAntenucciat 19'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Antenucci
  • 16Diagouraga
  • 18Carayol
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Phillips
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
10,051

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Akaki Gogia with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marco Djuricin (Brentford).

  6. Post update

    Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Nico Yennaris replaces John Swift.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Toumani Diagouraga (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Mustapha Carayol (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 1, Leeds United 1. Mustapha Carayol (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Alan Judge tries a through ball, but Jake Bidwell is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Marco Djuricin (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marco Djuricin (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Burnley28149546252151
4Brighton28131143428650
5Derby281310539251449
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford29117114241140
11Nottm Forest2991283025539
12Wolves28108103738-138
13QPR2981293535036
14Leeds2981292933-436
15Reading2898113231135
16Preston2881192527-235
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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