Former Whites captain highlights Leeds United's frailty and fires top-two Brentford warning

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FORMER Whites captain Stephen Warnock admits Marcelo Bielsa's Whites are guilty of switching off and has warned that fourth-placed Brentford are definitely capable of finishing in the top two.

Thomas Frank's Bees were the weekend's big winners as a 2-0 triumph at Fulham sent them just a point behind the Cottagers and now only eight points adrift of front two West Brom and Leeds.

United now sit second on goal difference after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City despite dominating possession and having 17 attempts at goal while West Brom had to settle for a goalless draw at home to Birmingham City.

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This weekend will now see the division's top four lock horns with West Brom visiting Brentford for a Friday night kick-off before Fulham visit Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

ON THE UP: Said Benrahma celebrates his late strike in Brentford's 2-0 win at Fulham. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire.ON THE UP: Said Benrahma celebrates his late strike in Brentford's 2-0 win at Fulham. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire.
ON THE UP: Said Benrahma celebrates his late strike in Brentford's 2-0 win at Fulham. Picture by Adam Davy/PA Wire.

The Whites and Baggies remain long odds on to take out the division's automatic promotion places but pressed about Brentford's prospects, Warnock said the Bees definitely had it within them to make a late surge.

Asked on Sky Sports' The Football Show if Thomas Frank's side could yet achieve automatic promotion, Warnock said: "They definitely can. They are an exciting team. They have just gone under the radar because of who they are and the size of the club if you like and the ground and the money that has been spent.

"But don't look at them in any other way, these are a really exciting team.

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"They are hard to play against, well defensively drilled but they create so many opportunities and the forward three line that they have is capable of tearing any team to pieces in the Championship.

"They are the ones to watch at the moment, they had a great result at the weekend, they are slowly creeping up on to the top two and they will be looking over their shoulders."

Assessing United's defeat in South Wales, Warnock said: "It's very similar to what Liverpool and Everton did except Everton couldn't quite score the goals on the break.

"But that's what Leeds are about, they are about that high pressing game, creating plenty of chances but they do switch off at times and they do give their opposition the opportunities to get in and make the most of it.

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"Fair play to Cardiff, they took advantage of the opportunities presented to them."

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