Match ends, Leeds United 1, Brentford 0.
Leeds United ended their 10-match winless run with victory over Brentford to boost their play-off hopes.
Liam Cooper headed the hosts into the lead from Ezgjan Alioski's free-kick.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga nearly scored a second when his shot beat goalkeeper Dan Bentley but Ryan Woods cleared off the line.
Bees defender John Egan had forced a fine save from home keeper Felix Wiedwald before Cooper's goal but the visitors rarely threatened thereafter.
It was Leeds' first win under Paul Heckingbottom, their previous success having come at Burton on Boxing Day under previous head coach Thomas Christiansen.
They had come within seconds of claiming victory at Derby on Wednesday before conceding a late equaliser, but never looked likely to suffer a similar disappointment after Cooper headed in his first goal of the season.
Alioski felt he should have had a penalty in the second half when he went down under a challenge from Yoann Barbet, but the referee was unmoved, while Woods did well to clear Lasogga's shot off the line as Leeds pressed for a second.
Heckingbottom's men are now 11th, five points off the play-offs, with Brentford a point and a place better off.
Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom:
"It's good to have the first win, it is a reward for the hard work of the players.
"There are lots of positives to take from the performance. Lots of organisation goes into it and to be successful in this league you have to be
able to defend and stop teams as well as hurt teams.
"We had chances to get the second and close the game out and that is an area where we will need to be better."
Brentford boss Dean Smith:
"It looked like it was going to be one way traffic, but then the Leeds goal comes from an offside position.
"We should have had a penalty when Neal Maupay gets thrown to the ground. You want the big decisions to go your way, but they didn't today.
"We were too sloppy on the ball and the subs didn't work today. We were very poor on the ball, certainly in the second half."
- 8AnitaBooked at 23mins
- 15DallasSubstituted forSackoat 83'minutes
- 21SáizSubstituted forVieiraat 90+4'minutes
- 10AlioskiBooked at 24mins
- 9LasoggaSubstituted forEkubanat 74'minutes
- 14EganBooked at 73mins
- 29BarbetBooked at 80mins
- 15WoodsBooked at 53mins
- 19SawyersBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJudgeat 69'minutes
- 12MokotjoSubstituted forMarcondesat 69'minutes
- 11WatkinsSubstituted forCanosat 59'minutes
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Brentford 0.
Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).
Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leeds United. Ronaldo Vieira replaces Samuel Sáiz.
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Hadi Sacko (Leeds United).
Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Caleb Ekuban is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.
Substitution, Leeds United. Hadi Sacko replaces Stuart Dallas.
Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.
Yoann Barbet (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Yoann Barbet (Brentford).
Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by John Egan.
Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.